Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Learn When to NOT Apply

All you grant writers know how much time and hard work goes into each grant proposal you submit. And even the best efforts may not win the grant. So come to Central Library to discover ways to efficiently sort out the likely from the improbable at the very beginning of the process:

When to NOT Apply for a Grant
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
St. Louis Public Library, 2nd Floor Training Room

It's always tough to resist the temptation to apply for grants. ARCHS' experts will offer tried-and-true tips on how to analyze whether or not your nonprofit organization has the crucial elements in place to go after complicated funding. Learn how to look at a grant and say "no" within 15 minutes. Discussion will focus on funder history, grant expectations, deliverables, outputs/outcomes, and evaluation components.

ARCHS, Area Resources for Community & Human Services, really know about grants. ARCHS is the official community partnership for the Greater St. Louis Region designated by the State of Missouri with the  mission of leveraging federal, state and private resources - -including grants-- with public and private partner organizations to positively impact the lives of thousands of St. Louis area residents.

Register by calling 314-539-0357 or email .
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 AFPSTL Conference+ Coming

"Asset-Based Thinking" author Kathryn D. Cramer and Beyond Housing CEO Chris Krehmeyer will keynote the Sept. 24 AFP St. Louis annual conference, Fundraising from the Donor's Perspective at the Airport Renaissance Hotel.  Click here for a full schedule and registration. Session  leaders  will provide expertise on  grants, leadership/board development, marketing/communications, donor engagement, and donor stewardship. Cost to non-AFP members is $195, 
And, if you're seeking a more intensive  professional development bargain, consider taking this year's preconference classes.: CFRE Review Course - September 22 & 23, Fundraising 101 & 102 - September 23

Monday, August 18, 2014

Grant Writing Update for the Experienced

Fundraisiers with a minimum of 3 years of experience writing grant proposals are invited to enroll soon in Writing Effective Grant Proposals "An Exercise for Experienced Grant Writers" taught by Wendy Dyer Aug. 27, 9-3 at the Nonprofit Services Center. Topics covered will include how to write effective measurable outcome statements.The $90 fee includes a breakfast snack and lunch. Class capacity is 30.

Friday, August 15, 2014

St. Louis Neighborhood Leadership Academy - Fall 2014

Learn the skills and build the networks needed to make your neighborhood a  healthy, vibrant  communities at UMSL's Fall 2014 Neighborhood Leadership Academy All ten sessions, offered on select Thursdays and Saturdays Sept. 4-Nov. 20, cost $400 and scholarships are available. Register online here or call 314-516-6590 by Thurs. Aug. 28. More than 200 community leaders from the region are NLA alumni.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Local Coverage & Back Issues

Have you read about St. Louisan Chris Miller's The Mission Center L3C in an article in the Spring 2014 issue of Nonprofit Quarterly?  If you don't have access, you can read the latest print copy or do research in back issues of the Quarterly and  these seven other newspapers/journals of interest to nonprofit/philanthropic readers here at the Grants & Foundation Center:
  • Chronicle of Philanthropy
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review
  •  Nonprofit Management & Leadership,
  •  Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly
  • Grassroots Fundraising Journal
  •  Nonprofit Times
  • Charity Rating Guide & Watchdog Report

Friday, July 25, 2014

New Newsletter Format + G&FC Book List 7-2014

Everyone who has signed up to receive the G&FC News e-mail should have received a copy in its new e-blast form this week.  
Please E-mail me here if you did not receive it or have any questions or comments about the new format or its . contents, including these books added to the collection this summer:

    Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise: Show Me the (Unrestricted) Money! by Jean Block and Niki Nicastro McCuistion, CharityChannel Press, 2014. Helpful detailed general instructions, worksheets & examples  of 1) considerations for establishing a for-profit social enterprise OR 2) developing a nonprofit’s  earned income assets and opportunities into an unrestricted revenue stream for sustainability. Includes clarifying concepts and specific instructions on marketing research, creating a sales plan based on pricing, financing and costs, as part of an organizational business plan. For founders, leaders and board members.  Request it Here                                                            
  •         Doctors Without Borders:  humanitarian quests, impossible dreams of Medicins Sans Frontiers by Renee C. Fox, Johns Hopkins U Press, 2014. Gives an ethnographic account of the organization throughout its 20+ year political history, along with the evolution of its founding concepts and practices.       Request It Here    
  •       "How to" Grants Manual, 7th ed. by David G. Bauer, American Council on Education, 2011.  Most recent update of this popular basic standard in the field.    Request It Here
  •          Prospect Research for Fundraisers, the essential handbook, by Jennifer J. Filla and Helen Brown, part of AFP Fund Development Series, Wiley, 2013. Offers comprehensive definitions, how-to’s, discussion of handling big data, privacy & ethics issues; outlines beginning and advanced APRA skill sets, trends and opportunities.     Request It here  
  •            Donor-Centered Fundraising: how to hold on to your donors and raise much more money by Penelope Burk, Cygnus Applied Research, 2013. Long-time fundraiser Burk, who presented at an AFP-STL extended session this past spring,  summarizes some new methodology based on her donor relations research.   Request It here                                                                                                                                                 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Get Nonprofit Financial Oversight Basics Here July 31st

Next up (#3) in the G&FC 2014 Basics 4 Nonprofit Leaders series: Financial Oversight
Mary Kay Lofgren
Come learn or review best practices for reading financial statements and overseeing budgeting and cash management practices for your organization next Tues. July 31, from 3-5 pm. Mary Kay Lofgren and Debra Leible, CPA managers from the not-for-profit division of RubinBrown LLC, will analyze examples and update you on expectations and trends in the public demand for nonprofit financial accountability. Cosponsored by UMSL’s Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program (NPML).
Let us know by e-mail ( if you're coming so we can prepare handouts or if you need info about free parking.
Debra Leible
Note to Nonprofit Board & Staff Members -- Mark your calendars now for #4 in the Basics 4 Leaders series Tues. Sept.  30, 3-5 pm -- Diversity VS Inclusion

Friday, July 18, 2014

Adrian Sargeant to Speak to AFPSTL 7-24-14

Fundraising expert and author Adrian Sargeant will speak obout his; years of worldwide research on building donor loyalty at both a morning and the luncheon sessions of the July 24 AFP St. Louis  meeting at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel.  Cost to nonmembers for each session is $75. Find out more and register with AFP here.

  Read more about his latest book -- Building Donor Loyalty -- here.

Philanthropic Landscape 2014: Data Tools

Finding and analyzing philanthropic data was the main topic at yesterday's St. Louis Philanthropic Landscape event, organized by the Rome Group with sponsorship from the Gateway Center for Giving and the Community Foundation of Greater St. Louis.  Along with fundraising data from their annual survey of local givers and nonprofits, the Rome Group's website now offers links to its recommended Data Tools here. 
And, for thoughtful monthly news about the St. Louis Philanthropic world, be sure to subscribe to Insights the Group's free e-newsletter.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Want 2 B a CFRE?

Have you noticed the "CFRE" designation after the author's name on many of our most useful books on fundraising available here at the G&FC?  You're invited to come to Central Library to find out from two experts exactly how those initials are earned Weds. July 16, 2-4 pm at  CFRE – Start to Finish. Whether you are new to the profession, or have been considering CFRE certification for some time, spend the afternoon with Linda Haley, principal of Let’s Build Hope, LLC and Jason Huff,  managing director of development for Teach For America St. Louis, for a practical (and fun!) conversation on the benefits and process of becoming a Certified Fundraising Executive.  Participants will walk away with a personalized plan for successfully obtaining their CFRE. Cosponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) St. Louis
And, if you're already studying for the test, check the G&FC shelves or the St. Louis Public Library catalog to find copies of books on the  Resource Reading List from CFRE International.