Friday, January 9, 2015

Get Ready for GIVE STL DAY May 5 2015

Whether you were one of the 528 nonprofits that participated in the first Give STL Day last year, or are new to the action in 2015, The Greater St. Louis Community Foundation and cosponsoring organizations have scheduled the following sessions including social media training to help our nonprofit partners build and amplify their online presence for Give STL Day and beyond. Basic and mini trainings are free, social media classes have small fees. Board members and staff are welcome to attend as many sessions as needed. However, seating is limited and reservations are required.

(New to Give STL Day? Be sure to sign up for “Full Training.” If you are a veteran participant, please register for a “Mini Bootcamps,” which assumes a basic understanding of the mechanics of Give STL Day but will cover changes for 2015.)

Feb. 10, 11:30-1:15 Social Media Strategies for Give STL Day 2015, CSPRC
We’ll take a look back at what we learned from the first Give STL Day. Fee: CSPRC Members, $30; Non-Members, $40; Students, $25 (includes lunch) Details & Registration Here

Feb. 25, 2-5, Social Media Strategy and Tactics for Nonprofit Communications, NPML at UMSL, Learn how to effectively communicate your organization’s mission and activities, and reach the donors and volunteers you need to further your goals. Fee: $25 Full Details Here (scroll down)

MARCH 3, 8:30-9:30, Give STL Day Mini Bootcamp (Missouri) Nonprofit Services Center
8764 Manchester, Ste. 203, St. Louis 63144 Fee: Free, but registration is required and seating is limited
Register Here

MARCH 11 Give STL Day Full Training (Illinois) 3:30 – 5, Sponsored by Archford Capital Strategies @ Far Oaks Golf Club, Caseyville, IL Fee: Free, but registration is required and seating is limited Registration: 618-416-7085 or

MARCH 24, Give STL Day Mini Bootcamp (Illinois) 3:30 – 4:30 pm, Sponsored by Archford Capital Strategies @ Far Oaks Golf Club, Caseyville, IL 62232 Fee: Free, but registration is required and seating is limited, Registration: 618-416-7085 or

APRIL 15 3:30 - 5 pm Give STL Day WEBINAR, Sponsored by Kimbia This is the last opportunity to get interactive training about Give STL Day 2015! Free, and unlimited registration
Check here for registration information.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Facets of Racism Book/Discussion Group Forming

As St. Louis finishes celebrating its 250th year, recent events in our great city have made the dialogue concerning racism more necessary than ever. If you are interested in participating in a bimonthly literature/discussion group examining Facets of Racism in the United States please join us for the first meeting at the St. Louis Central Public Library, 1301 Olive St, downtown. Tues. Jan. 6,6:30 - 8 pm Local activist Johnathan McFarland is organizing the group. Some titles being considered at the first meeting, include: The New Jim Crow; Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness by Michelle Alexander, Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun by Geoffrey Canada, and Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire. Contact us here in the Social Sciences Rm --314-539-0353 or e-mail me for more information. 

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
  2. 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.