Monday, May 23, 2016

A reminder about this FREE program this Thursday May 26 at 2:00 p.m. - sign up here or call 314 539-0357 if you would like to attend. Also TODAY (May 23) at noon we have a brief "Get to Know the GFC" - stop by the Social Sciences room at Central Library for an introduction to the resources we provide for local nonprofits. Or feel free to call or come by any time - we are your PUBLIC Library, after all.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

We're #1 (in Missouri)! Also, some info about a local grant writing conference

As you may know, the SLPL Grants & Foundation Center is a Foundation Center Funding Information Network (FIN) partner - it is in this capacity that we provide free access to the Foundation Directory Online database with its wealth of information about available grant moneys and other resources. One requirement of the FIN partnership is filling out an annual performance self-assessment, which the Foundation Center than compiles into a Network Achievement Report. The report was recently released, and our center did very well, receiving a score of 37.5 out of 50 (the average score for the 360 FIN partners who completed the assessment was 22) - as you can (kind of) see below in an excerpt from the Foundation Center PowerPoint showing some of the Midwest FINs, St. Louis Public Library was declared the "state leader" for Missouri!

I'll point out that I am not bragging when I share this news with our loyal blog followers, as this achievement hearkens back to 2015 when the SLPL Grants & Foundation Center was being run by my predecessor, Kim Parks, whose impressively big shoes I am doing my best to fill. As I learn my job here, I will be reaching out to our patrons & friends in the nonprofit community to learn how we can do even better in the future in terms of providing and promoting access to our resources, training for our constituents and networking so we can better know the people we serve and what they (you!) need.
If you have any ideas, please feel free to call or email me (Lisa Thorp at 314 539-0357 or (And if you read the words "Foundation Database Online" & "wealth of information" & do not know what I am talking about, you should come by and check it out - it's a pretty nifty tool. Orientation offered every 4th Monday at noon - or give me a buzz and set up a time to go through it one-on-one).

Once you've identified those funding prospects, what next?

See the following information about an upcoming conference being offered by the St. Louis chapter of the Grant Professionals Association at the offices of the Network for Strong Communities with sessions on Grant Writing Basics and Federal Grant Writing - it is on June 7, with a registration deadline of May 24, so you'd better act quickly!

St. Louis Grant Professionals Association
Regional Conference
June 7, 2016

Join the St. Louis Grant Professionals Association for their Regional Conference on June 7, 2016. The conference will feature two renowned St. Louis area grant writers who will conduct grant writing training and workshops. As a member of AFP St. Louis, we invite you to this dynamic conference.

The GPA event will include:
Grant Writing Basics      8 AM - 12 PM
Taught by Kent Hornberger, GPC
Federal Grant Writing    1 PM - 5 PM
Taught by Karen Cassidy, GPC

The day's agenda will be as follows:
         7:30 - 8:00 AM - Conference Check-in and Continental Breakfast
         8 AM - 12 PM - Grant Writing Basics
         12 PM - 1 PM - Lunch (To be provided)
         1 PM - 5 PM - Federal Grant Writing

Registration is limited to 45 students.
Registration deadline:  May 24th. 
Network for Strong Communities
8764 Manchester, Suite 203
St. Louis, MO 63144

Half Day sessions each - $50 GPA Members or $80 Non-Members
Full Day (both sessions) - $80 GPA Members or $110 Non-Members

The registration cost includes all training materials and lunch. All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a free Professional Level GPA annual Membership (valued at $209)!

The first 10 registrants will receive a copy of Karen Cassidy and Cheryl Kester's book and workbook, "Writing to Win Federal Grants" (also available on Charity Channel Bookstore valued at $59.95).

All Non-GPA members will receive a coupon for a free year of chapter membership if they enroll as a national GPA Professional Member within two weeks of this training event.

Meet you in St. Louis on June 7th for the first ever full day of grant writing training offered by the St. Louis Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association!

Click the Link below to:
 Register for FULL DAY (both sessions)
Click the Link below to:
 Register for AM Session only (Grant Writing Basics)
Click the Link below to:
 Register for PM Session only (Federal Grant Writing)
Please contact Micki Vandeloo at if you have any questions about this event.

And once you've received the grant(s)...

I'd be remiss if I did not point out again the Grant Management Basics workshop being held right here at Central Library on Thursday May 26 at 2:00 p.m.  More information below in my April 28 post (click here to register)- hope you can come!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

What's Going On?

Spring has sprung and there are lots of great opportunities for local nonprofits to raise some cash and glean some knowledge. Here are a few: 

  • Tuesday, May 3 is GiveSTL Day, a 24-hour giving event organized by the St. Louis Giving Foundation to help raise funds for our local nonprofits. Let's give our worthy nonprofit friends a hand (& a few $$$)! Go to the Leaderboard to see who is participating, and on May 3 to see how they are all doing.
  • Thursday, May 12 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., Dan Sise of the UMSL Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program is offering the course "Basic Financial Oversight and Management for Nonprofit Organizations". Click here to learn more &/or to sign up.
  • St. Louis Community College's Summer 2016 Continuing Education brochure is out; registration begins May 2 (call 314 984-7777 to register) and they are offering some "Nonprofit Essentials" as part of their Professional Development Training: Establishing and Running a Nonprofit Organization, Parts I & II and Event Planning 101.
  • Monday, May 23 from noon to 12:30, come visit the Grants & Foundation Center at Central Library to see what we have to offer, explore the Foundation Directory Online, and meet the (still pretty new) Grants & Foundations Librarian, Lisa Thorp.
  • Thursday, May 26 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., St. Louis Public Library's Grants & Foundation Center presents "You've Received a Grant! Now What? Grant Management Basics for Nonprofits" with UMSL's Dan Sise. Click here to register.   


Friday, April 22, 2016

"Just what I needed..."

A few things NOT to do as a nonprofit board member,
according to the Missouri Attorney General's office...
That's what one of the participants in yesterday's program on "Legal Basics for Nonprofit Board Members" had to say about what he learned. UMSL's Dan Sise gave a great overview of the nonprofit sector, board members' duties, potential liability (& important protections), and future issues and trends in the nonprofit world.

Dan will join us again next month on Thursday, May 26 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. to present "Grant Management Basics" - join us to learn about the contracts, disbursement process, reporting requirements and other issues that come into play once your nonprofit is awarded a grant. The program is free, but registration is appreciated (click here).

Some books from our collection -
you should check them out!

Finally, a reminder that on Monday at noon we will resume the "Get to Know the Grants & Foundation Center" program, held on the 4th Monday of each month. Come by and learn about the resources available (physical and virtual) to help your nonprofit succeed!