Here are some easy to use resources for people doing prospect research in the Greater Seattle Area:
The King County Library has many resources you can use from home. I would recommend using the Biography Resource Center, ABI Inform Trade and Industry, General One File. Factiva, Proquest for Washington State Newspapers, Dun and Bradstreet Million Dollar Database and Reference USA. If you use these you will find basic biographic, business and financial information. If you use the Washington State Newspaper Database, you won’t need to use Seattle PI or Seattle Times sites.
Seattle Public Library, has Foundation Directory Online available only in the library
KCLS has a number of nonprofit resources at their nonprofit resource center
For property information
King County IMAP can provide you with property values.
KNOWX will provide “pay per view” property record information
For Large Corporations
Insider trading information can be found here
Marketwatch or Google Finance, Yahoo Finance can also provide you with biographies and salary information for publicly traded companies.
For Philanthropic Information
Free Foundation Giving Information can be found at Nozasearch
But you must have an annual subscription for individual donors. If you can afford it, try
DonorYes.com is a free prospect research tool, allowing researchers to locate previous gifts that your prospective donor has given. This tool only searches .org and .edu domains – where most charitable gifts can be found.
Guidestar provides 990s for foundations and other nonprofit organizations
Open Secrets provides political giving information
For Donor Connections
Zoominfo has biographies that often include current and past civic and philanthropic involvement
and of course our planetary database
What are your favorite sources for searching in Seattle?