Friday, September 23, 2016

New on our shelves!

Effective Fundraising for Nonprofits - Real World Strategies that Work (5th Edition) has just arrived and is waiting to be checked out - maybe by you?

Come visit the Grants & Foundation Center in (beautiful) Central Library and see what books and other resources are available to help your nonprofit move forward. We are having our fourth Monday "Get to Know the GFC" open house Monday at noon - but as we are a public library, you are of course welcome to visit us any time: we are open Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Change in Schedule!

The Importance of a Pre-Campaign Feasibility and Planning Study, previously scheduled for November 29 from 4-5:30 has been RESCHEDULED to the following Tuesday, December 6 from 4-5:30. So the rest of our fall schedule is as follows:

Nonprofit Capacity-building through Partnering with Universities: Discuss ways to interface with universities and graduate students to support capacity-building in your organization.  Christine Berg and Peggy Neufeld, Washington University School of Medicine faculty, describe a service-learning model that supports non-profits in programming, evaluating, building community partnerships, using research literature and evidence when writing grants, and training staff and volunteers. 

Wednesday, October 26, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Had Enough of Campaigns? Don’t worry – not THAT kind of campaign. Dan Reynolds,  Managing Partner of Holmes, Radford & Avalon, Inc., a St. Louis-based campaign consulting firm, will present the following 2 courses:
  • The Importance of a Pre-Campaign Feasibility and Planning Study: In this session, you will learn about the purpose and benefits of conducting a feasibility study for your organization.  We will discuss how this tool helps to clarify how you need to position your campaign for success, who will help to lead it, and opportunities for leadership gifts.

Tuesday, December 6, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Hallmarks of a Successful Campaign: Now that you’ve developed your roadmap for your campaign, Dan will walk you through the elements and factors that define campaign success.  He will guide a discussion about the stages of a campaign and lessons learned from the field.
Tuesday, December 13, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Hope you can join us for one or all of the programs. Call 314-539-0357 or email for more information or register online on the calendar of events page on

Thursday, September 1, 2016

So you think you want to start a nonprofit? Attend the FREE 2-part program starting NEXT TUESDAY Sept, 6!

Are You Thinking About Starting a Nonprofit? 

This two-part program is back at the Grants & Foundation Center by popular demand and will be presented by Sue Greenberg of Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts and Tracy James of Legal Services for Eastern Missouri, who will offer the following:
  • Best Choices and Basic Steps - Tuesday, September 6, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Nuts & Bolts for Success and Sustainability - Tuesday, September 13, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

You can sign up for one or both classes - they will be offered at Central Library (1301 Olive) in the Training Room on the second floor. While you are here (before or after the program), you are welcome to visit the Grants and Foundation Center in the beautiful Social Sciences room, explore the Foundation Directory Online database, browse our shelves & check out a book or two, including the title featured above or other books related to the issues and mechanics involved in starting a nonprofit corporation.

Click here to go to the SLPL event calendar to register (scroll down & find the date & program you want to attend). And remember: the Library is closed on Monday - enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

What's the Big Idea?

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The St. Louis Public Library Grants & Foundation Center will be exhibiting (and mixing and mingling and pitching our great resources) at the Association of Fundraising Professionals St. Louis Chapter's Gateway Conference for Philanthropy at the end of the month - we look forward to discussing big ideas and ways to help St. Louis nonprofit organizations accomplish big results. Will we see you there?