Nonprofit groups searching for sources of funding can learn about a tool to identify potential benefactors during a program Tuesday, April 5, at the Westport Public Library.

The program begins at 10 a.m. in the library's McManus Room. The room will open at 9:30 a.m. for informal networking.

The library's Foundation Directory Online Professional database can identify foundations that offer grants to specific causes. The reference librarian, Sylvia Schulman, will demonstrate how to use it during Tuesday's program.

Schulman will focus on the most effective and efficient uses of the database, use of which is free and open to the public.

The Foundation Center Cooperating Collection, founded in 1956, is a source of information about philanthropy worldwide, the library said. It maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and global grant-makers and their grants.

It also coordinates a nationwide network of funding-information centers. The Westport library is one of five such centers in the state.

In addition to offering the workshop, the library said, Schulman and other reference librarians are available by appointment to meet with nonprofit staff, board members and volunteers to help tailor their searches for funding possibilities.

To make an appointment, call 203.291.4840 or email to set up an appointment.