Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Prospect Research Resources for 2015

In 2015, G&FC staff will continue to develop and update the "Pages" offering direct links to recommended sites with good information for fundraisers and nonprofit/philanthropy professionals and volunteers. This week we've posted a new tab for fundraisers seeking to identify individual philanthropists interested in donating to their nonprofit. Here are two great sites to start with:
  1. Prospect Research resources recommended by the Assn  of Professional Researchers for Advancement Missouri-Kansas Chapter, includes excellent database recommendations, and tips. For more about membership in this organization, go to www.apramokan.org.
  2.  Grantspace.org gathers several Foundation Center recommended sites, databases, books, online articles, podcasts, steps in the process and prospect worksheets. Please note, access to databases "available at  some Foundation Center libraries," means the FC only original libraries  located  in NYC, Washington DC, Atlanta, Cleveland and San Francisco. Contact the G&FC to find out if they are available free here.
If you're in Chicago, Donors Forum in Chicago offers a free Introduction to Prospect Research class as part of its library's orientation every other Tuesday. Check out the schedule here.

And, for those of you interested in a little more depth, take a look at one of these G&FC books on the subject;
Anybody with additional sites or local classes to recommend, please let me know.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Nonprofit Missouri: Advocacy Training 4 area NPOS

Nonprofits from across the St. Louis Region are invited to:
Nonprofit Success: Achieving Impact Thru Advocacy  Fri. Jan 16 at Lindenwood University in St. Charles

Sponsored by Nonprofit Missouri in partnership with Lindenwood University's Department of Nonprofit Administration and the St. Charles Community Council, the 8 am - 12:15 conference and breakfast costs $45 for those who are not yet Nonprofit Missouri members and includes the following sessions.
7:30AM - 8:00AM Breakfast and Registration

8:00AM Welcome Julie Turner, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Nonprofit Administration at Lindenwood University

Barbara Levin, Board Chair, Nonprofit Missouri

 8:30AM - 9:00AM Opening: The Importance of Advocacy with Allie Chang Ray, Vice President, Programs, Deaconess Foundation

 9:00AM - 10:45AM: Advocacy Basics -- Understanding Missouri, Scott Penman, Penman-Winton Consulting Group and

Crafting Your Message, Paul Kincaid, Kincaid Communications

 11:00AM - 12:15PM: Legislator Panel: Perspectives on the Nonprofit Sector Moderator: Peg Capo, Executive Director, Developmental Disabilities Resource Board, St. Charles County; Representative Ann Zerr, 18th District, Missouri House of Representatives Former Senator Scott Rupp, Missouri Senate 

You may also register for a 12:30 - 2PM additional Lunch Session option for $12  (includes box lunch) Choices inslude Session #1: Engaging Your Board in Advocacy with Dr. Patrick Walker, Lindenwood University; Session #2: Spreading the Word: Advocacy Communications with Jamie Kleinsorge, The Mission Center L3C or Session #3: St. Louis Gives: May 5, 2015  with Mary McMurtrey, St. Louis Community Foundation. 
Click on the link above for more information or to register.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Resolved to Start a Nonprofit in the New Year???

Know anyone thinking about doing good in their community in the new year by starting a new nonprofit?  
Invite them to come to Central's 2nd fl. training rm. Tues. Jan. 6 for Thinking about Starting a Nonprofit? Part 1: Best Choices & Basic Steps, a 2-hour (11am- 1pm) a free overview of decisions to consider before you incorporate, as well as all the steps involved in starting and growing a successful organization.  Sue Greenberg from Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts (VLAA) and Laurie Hauber from Legal Services of Eastern Missouri's (LSEM) Community Development Project will share their experience and expertise by discussing such issues as legal incorporation options,  potential sources of funding, and how to build a good governing board and a realistic budget.  
Then, on Tues. Jan. 20--same time, same place -- Part 2: Nuts & Bolts for Success & Sustainability potential founders who have completed  1) a mission statement and 2) a program plan (as described at the Part 1 session) are invited to bring them to get advice and information about important details to include in their organization's filing of articles of incorporation, bylaws and 501(C)3 application.
 These sessions are scheduled 11am-1pm and participants are welcome to bring their lunches to eat during the sessions; beverages will be provided. Please note the parking information elsewhere on this blog. If you have questions or to preregister so that we'll have enough materials ready, e-mail me or phone 314-539-0357 and leave a message. 
Special appreciation to VLAA and LSEM, Sue and Laurie, for cosponsoring and co-planning these sessions.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Data & Social Economy Shapes Philanthropy Worldwide

The annual industry forecast for philanthropy was released this week by GrantCraft, a service of the Foundation Center. Philanthropy and the Social Economy: Blueprint 2015 by scholar Lucy Bernholz provides a global perspective on how digital data and infrastructure are being used for social positive purposes.