Monday, October 27, 2014

Out-Loud Bloggers Chosen

Plan to come consider these new ideas for advancing the work of the nonprofit sector at YNPN's Tues. Nov. 18 Blog Out Loud presentation/networking session, 5:30 -7:30 pm at the Kranzberg Arts Center: 
  1. Jenn Cloud - "Sharing Love by Getting Dirty"
  2. Natalie Clay - "If You Want to Change the World, Stop Caring About Diversity"
  3. Greg Davenport - "The Power of Family"
  4.  Vynetta Morrow - "Focusing and Fulfilling Our Passions" 
  5. Karelia Rajagopal - "Better Together Tomorrow" 
Get details & register here ($15 for non Young Nonprofit Professionals members.)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

News from FIN Network Days

The Foundation Center keeps its 470+ Funding Information Network partner libraries up on its current offerings and research at its annual Network Days conference.  This year, we St. Louis region FIN supervisors (Emma DeLooze-Klein @Kirkwood Public Library, M. Brad Smith @ St. Charles City-County Spencer Road Branch, Pamela Salela @ University of IL- Springfield, and me)  attended virtually.  Some results to pass along:

1. Training for using updated versions of FDO & Foundation Maps,

  plus a new free website --Foundation Stats -- (see G&FC Events Calendar on this page for Jan./Feb. 2015 hands-on workshop times)

2. Major funding trends reported by large arts, health and education grantmakers:
  • more funding allotted innovative programs/organizations promoting racial and cultural equity in their communities;
  • more funding is going for nonprofits working in areas of public policy and advocacy;
  • funders are examining how technology and data are being used by organizations;
  • deliberate efforts being made to help with sustainability and capacity building and technical assistance   
  • funders interested in providing more support through MRIs and PRIs, social enterprise, fiscal sponsorships.  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Don't Forget to RSVP for 10/20 Social Entrepreneur Session

If you want to find out more about Social Enterprise in St. Louis -- what it takes to get started, how some local social entrepreneurs have earned success and where you can go for more information and advice-- please contact me by 5 pm Friday.   The Monday Oct. 20 free session  Start Something: Become a Social Entrepreneur! begins at 9 am in the 2nd floor training room , before Central Library opens to the public, and you'll need special directions to get in. We got great speakers and helpful resources to share. Contact me by e-mail or at 314-539-0357. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

NPOs Offer Community Healing Thru Discussion & Training

Two free opportunities to act on the issues brought into focus in Ferguson:
  • Community Healing through the Arts --  Oct. 16 lunch/discussion with nationally known  speakers Patricia St. Onge and Diana Marie Lee will lead a dialogue on how arts organizations can respond to community needs post-Ferguson. Sponsored by the Nonprofit Services Center & Regional Arts Commission
  • Community Diversity Facilitation Trainings from the Diversity Awareness Partnership for individuals/groups interested in learning how to navigate difficult dialogue related to race, racism, unconscious bias, and disempowerment. Oct. 29 | 6 - 8 pm. @ St. Louis Community College Corporate College, or Dec. 4 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm @ Diversity Awareness Partnership, 815 Olive Street, Classroom 18) For more information or to register, contact Natalie Clay, 314-246-3142.