United Midcoast Charities (UMC) will offer “Grantseeking with Foundation Directory Online (FDO)” as part of its free educational series Learn with UMC. The workshop will be offered at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 23, at the UMC office at 87 Elm Street in Camden. Certified expert trainer Kelly Carey, administrative coordinator at United Midcoast Charities, will offer an interactive, hands-on workshop to introduce the tools available through UMC’s partnership with Foundation Center Online.

There are more than 165,000 charitable foundations in the United States and 90 percent of them don’t have a website. Foundation Directory Online offers up-to-date insight on grantmakers working in every part of the country, in every field and area of interest.

In 2019 more than 50 nonprofit representatives used FDO at UMC to seek funding. One-hundred percent of surveyed respondents reported they identified strong new prospects; 60 percent said they will change how they ask current or lapsed funders based on what they learned in the tutorial; and 80 percent have recommended the resource to others.

Enrollment is limited. Register at unitedmidcoastcharities.org or call 236-2299. Attendees will access the database with their own laptop or tablet — devices should be fully charged, with adequate power for about 90 minutes of online work. Coffee and morning snacks will be provided.