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.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Know Someone Who Wants to Be a Social Entrepreneur?

If you or someone you know/serve through your nonprofit is interested in starting a business to do good in the community, you/they are especially invited to
Chris Miller
Start Something: Be A Social Entrepreneur -- Doing Good while Doing Well!  Come learn about the growing field of social enterprise from Chris Miller, CEO of the Mission Company L3C, and a panel of experts who have helped social entrepreneurs grow in St. Louis.  Find out what it takes to get started, how some local social entrepreneurs have earned success and where you can go for more information and advice.
In 2007, Chris joined Washington University in St. Louis’ Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. There, he helped develop the community-based social entrepreneurship education program.

 Panelists include Laurie Hauber, project director for Legal Services of Eastern Missouri’s Community Economic Development Program, and Fred Domke, founder of Bridge Bread, a social entrepreneurship  initiative designed to help homeless persons be productively employed and a 2014 winner of the Youthbridge Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition. Q&A. Because of the 9 am start-time, preregistration for this free event is required. Call 314-539-0357 or email me to sign-up.

The fall Start Something! workshop series is generously funded by  Ms. Marilyn Bennett in memory of  LaFern Soldner.