Tuesday, June 29, 2010

We've Moved in at SCHLAFLY Branch Library!

  • G&FC books and resource recommendations are here to browse through, refer to or check out,
  • G&FC staff is here (9am -9 pm M-Th, 9 am-6 pm F & Sat.),
  • Foundation Directory Online Professional and Grants to Individuals Online databases are installed and available for searching on a total of 8 computers,
  • My email's still the same, and the 314.539-0357 direct phone line should be transferred soon. (In the meantime, phone Schlafly at 314.367.4120 and ask for the G&FC.)

So please come on by 225 N. Euclid, St. Louis, 63108, to say hello, help us settle in and get details about our July and August programs.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Useful Reading on Fundraising Diversity?

To help you select your professional reading, we've asked VLAA summer interns to highlight and comment on some of the books available in our collection (and elsewhere).

Cultivating Diversity in Fundraising by Janice Gow Pettey

This book gives tips on how to be successful in soliciting contributions from four major ethnic groups: African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American. It offers interesting historical and cultural perspectives, but may have limited applicability for St. Louis area non-profit fundraisers. The organization of the book could be improved upon and the text is a bit repetitive at times, but its overall usefulness makes it a worthwhile fundraising tool.

The author provides an outstanding historical account of the immigration of the four groups into the United States and applies the groups’ immigration history and cultural characteristics to their charitable giving patterns. I recommend using the comprehensive index to zoom into ethnic groups and topics that are of interest to the reader. To a certain extent, the book stereotypes the different ethnic groups, but author does supply data and examples to support her conclusions. The second half of the book contains interviews and case studies that the reader probably will not find to be very helpful.

Reviewed by Shannon Martínez, VLAA Intern, Law Student at Saint Louis University School of Law

Thursday, June 3, 2010

June 24 Events for fundraisers, nonprofit professionals

  • AFP St. Louis meeting "STAND Up for Fundraising" 10:45 -1:30, Norwood Hills Country Club, $35 for nonmembers, click on our AFP partner link to find out more and rsvp.
  • YNPN (Young Nonprofit Professionals Network) program "Not Fair Dealing with Tough Situations at Work" panel discussion, 5:30-7:30pm, Buder library, $10 for nonmembers; rsvp or send your question to the panel at ynpnstl@gmail.com