Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Good Rich?

Note to Fundraisers: Have you read the March 14 Chronicle of Philanthropy interview with Robert Dalzell Jr about his book, The Good Rich and What They Cost Us ?  Dalzell comments on the differences between Americans' perceptions of and the actual philanthropic practices and motivations of the very rich.  You can get the book from your favorite library (SLPL has several copies available for check-out!) or book store. And, if you missed the article, you can find it at the G&FC here at Central in our pile of back issues of the Chronicle.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

St. Louis AFP April 2013 Opportunities

For nonprofit fundraisers-- more info and registration: 314-416-2238;
  • April 10 webinar, Michael Quevli on Prospect Research, noon - 1:30, download at your desk or go to Spencer Road Branch Library in St. Peter's, cost to nonmembers $20
  • April 17 seminar on Planning Green Events,  8:30- 11:30 pm Norwood Hills Country Club, cost to nonmembers:$75
  • April 28 monthly lunch meeting, Impact Based Planning, 11:30 pm, Norwood Hills Country Club, cost to nonmembers: $45   
 G&FC Tie-Ins:
  1. Quevli's background in analytics includes a stint at Blackbaud, a company that makes our annual list of  Helpful Free E-Newsletters  with 2 entries: Fundraising Well and Nonprofit Fiscal Fitness -- see for yourself at
  2. Ted Hart, an upcoming AFP speaker, has coauthored the Nonprofit Guide to Going Green by expanding the effort throughout management/fundraising/physical plant operations and more. The book's on our shelves, available for checkout.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Care to Collaborate?

Have you seen the new St. Louis Collaborations Directory compiled and published by the Gateway Center for Giving? It's a "Directory of Significant Collaborations" in the region compiled for grantmakers on the principle that individual organizations working together on issues can produce a powerful and effective collective impact on the communities they serve. The 23 collaborations listed have 5 or more active member organizations, have been working on an issue beyond the missions of the individual organizations for at least 18 months, and represent organizations from more than one sector (e.g. nonprofit service providers, funders, businesses, government agencies, etc).  A NonMember version can be downloaded from

And remember, information (including access to supporting documents) about some 650 collaborations around the U.S. is available free at, The site offers free access to a searchable database funded by the Lodestar Foundation The ability to search by multiple criteria, including key words, provides the opportunity to explore the database using factors that are most relevant to your needs. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Regionally Speaking: Thoughts & Grants

  • April 9 -- CSPRC's luncheon meeting will feature a panel from philanthropy, government and academia exploring of the St. Louis region's diverse community service delivery, donor relations, marketing and business contacts.  11:30 - 1:15 pm, $40 for nonmembers, Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel.  Find out more or register at
  • Don't miss the April 12 application deadline for United Way of Greater St. Louis Call for Partners grants. These 1-time grants will go to health and human service agencies, faith-based organizations or collective collaborations with projects increasing 1) financial stability and independence, 2) quality early care and education or 3) faith community mobilization in our region.  Visit  and scroll down to "A Call for Partners."      

Thursday, March 21, 2013

NSC Is Back! Learn More 4/2 at GPA

Diane Drollinger, CEO of the Nonprofit Services Center, a statewide nonprofit intermediary and longtime G&FC program partner, will talk about "The Past, Present and Future of NSC" at the April 2 lunch meeting of the St. Louis Regional Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association.  Central Reform Congregation, St. Louis, 11:30 - 1:30. Registration: $15 for nonmembers (plus an optional sandwich order or bring your own). Contact Nancy at 314-740-5284 for more information/to register by March 29. You can pick up descriptions of NSC's spring trainings here at the G&FC.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

More Help with Demographics

If you attended (or wanted to)  government librarian Bill Olbrich's overview of Finding Census Data for Nonprofit Grant Writers here Monday you might also  be interested in checking out a book that just arrived here in the Social Sciences Room: Demographics of the U.S. Trends and Projections, 4th ed, by Cheryl Russell. (New Strategists, 2012) sifts and organizes data from government and other internet data sites and publications. Russell provides year-by-year figures and insights for analyzing and projecting trends in U.S. attitudes and behaviors,  education, health, housing, income, labor force, living arrangements, population, spending and wealth.  Particularly if you're a beginner at turning data into an effecive statement of need, you may find this "big picture" view helpful. Request a copy through the SLPL catalog. Product Details

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Is "Networking" Dead"?

We had such a good time talking about how we "network" effectively at the new Nonprofit Reads group in February, we're going to continue the discussion of Networking Is Dead, Making Connections that Matter by Melissa G. Wilson and Larry Mohl at Nonprofit Reads II Tuesday, March 26, noon - 1pm  in the book club room here at Central. If you have -- or if you want --  new ideas about developing meaningful nonprofit business contacts, come join us. And if anyone wants to sign out a copy of the book before we gather --no library card required--contact me. 5 copies available right now.