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!


Friday, April 15, 2016

Spotted Today in the SLPL Grants & Foundation Center

Today we had some visitors from a local nonprofit who spent some time researching grant opportunities using actual books! According to Kelli (on the right), they found "some great stuff"! A wonderful way to wrap up National Library Week - seeing patrons using our resources and finding useful information.

Last week they were in exploring the information available via the Foundation Directory Online database available in our room from the Foundation Center.

Good luck ladies, thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you again soon!

Strengthening the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Upcoming Programs

In addition to the upcoming Basic Legal Issues for Nonprofit Board Members (a week from tomorrow! April 21, 2 p.m., register here), we will be offering Grant Management Basics on Thursday May 26, 2016 at 2 p.m. (save the date - registration link coming soon); both these programs are being offered by Dan Sise of UMSL’s Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program (NPML) in the Training Room on the second floor of Central Library (1301 Olive Street).

We will also resume our 4th Monday "Get to Know the Grants & Foundation Center" half-hour overview of the fantastic resources available at the GFC this month: stop by Monday, April 25 at noon and see what we have to offer (bonus: Get to Know the New Grants & Foundations Librarian!) Of course, interested parties are welcome to stop by at any time to learn, explore, and check out a book or two - we are, after all, a public library! (Happy National Library Week, by the way!)