Monday, December 12, 2016

NEW SLPL website/NEW SLPL catalog/NEW GFC blog!

Please note that with the advent of the NEW catalog and website, we have migrated to a new home for the Grants & Foundation Center blog. Go to, then click "BROWSE" & under the heading "MORE" you'll find the various SLPL blogs by clicking on (surprise!) "Blogs". Or cut to the chase & click on this link.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Busy busy busy!

Vu Le & the GFC Librarian
at Momentum Conf.
October was quite the month for St. Louis Public Library's Grants & Foundation Center & its librarian, who kept busy this month by:
  • Attending the Foundation Center's "All Together Now" conference for Funding Information Network supervisors in New York City - learning additional tricks and tools for our grantseeking patrons, including more about the huge amount of information, including training, available via their GrantSpace website.
  • Touting the GFC's nonprofit resources at the Network for Strong Community's #NSCMomentum2016 conference which featured an inspirational (& hilarious) keynote speech by Vu Le of Nonprofit with Balls fame and workshops on collaboration, social impact investing, racial equity, advocacy 101 & much, much more!
  • Presenting "Introduction to Grants Research" to nonprofits located in the St. Louis Promise Zone at the Capacity Builders Conference at Florissant Valley Community College - & will be presenting it again at St. Louis Public Library November 16, 2016 at 4:30 - click here to sign up.
  • Repping St. Louis Public Library at the SLACO Neighborhoods Conference at Harris Stowe State University - met lots of people with a lot of energy to make positive changes in St. Louis.
We have also had a lot of traffic at the Grants & Foundation Center, & hosted an interesting class on capacity-building through partnerships with universities.

Come by, email, call and/or keep an eye on the blog to see what's coming up at the GFC.

Full house at the GFC

Monday, October 10, 2016

More Third Party Offerings by and for Local Nonprofits in October

From the Gateway Center for Giving:

The 2016 Capital Campaign Report Dollars and Sense: A Report on Major Funding Campaigns is officially open for submissions! (Due this week!)
Each year, the Gateway Center for Giving publishes a capital and endowment campaign report to inform grantmakers, nonprofits and other community leaders about resources being allocated toward restricted funding activities in the St. Louis region. 
If your organization is considering or currently running a major funding campaign involving restricted donations, please take a few minutes to complete a short survey. The survey can be accessed by clicking here or by visiting our website
Why Nonprofits Should Participate:
  • Get critical information about the current climate for restricted gift-giving, especially for those considering launching a campaign.
  • Obtain a better sense on how to approach donors who would consider a gift to capital or endowment.
  • Read the latest trends on what is happening in our community around restricted gift campaigns.
  • Learn about some creative capital alternatives if the economy isn't supporting large scale capital campaigns.
Benefits of Participation:
  • Provides additional marketing of your campaign to the public and potential donors       (NOTE: You may still participate and remain anonymous if you choose).
  • Serves as a tool for organizations conducting feasibility studies for major funding campaigns.
  • Provides a scan of campaigns currently underway, being considered or recently closed in the region.
  • A complimentary "scrubbed" version of this report is available for all participants.
Don't miss this opportunity to be included in the ONLY report in the region that captures the trends and data about capital campaigns and restricted endowments being considered, currently underway and recently closed. These trends are significant for nonprofits considering launching a campaign, for grantmakers who fund capital and endowment projects and for consultants and those who work with nonprofits in helping identify needs and resources in the community.
Please submit your information by October 14th.
This information will be published in the upcoming report.
Thank you for your help in keeping these reports as up-to-date and accurate as possible. Contact Beth Grady at if you have any questions or concerns.

From the Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis:

Introduction to Lutheran Foundation
October 24th   10 am - 12 Noon
Get to know Lutheran Foundation in this informative workshop. We will cover the Foundation's history, vision, mission, and core values. We will also review the Foundation's six Funding Focus Areas and opportunities for funding. This workshop is perfect for organizations seeking Lutheran Foundation funding for the first time, as well as for new staff of current and past grantees.
How to Apply for a Lutheran Foundation Grant
October 24th   1 - 4 pm
For those who plan to apply to Lutheran Foundation for funding, this in-depth workshop is a helpful overview of what we consider to constitute a strong grant request and what information we look for in applications. Lutheran Foundation staff will review the application and describe the rationale for the questions, how to answer the questions for various types of projects, and give examples of what to include in your application.  The workshop will also include a "crash course" training on logic models, outcomes, and evaluation, and the role they play in developing strong programs and cohesive grant applications.
Both workshops will take place at The Center of Clayton.  CLICK HERE for more information and to register!

From the Association of Fundraising Professionals:

October Program & Happy Hour - A Focus on Planned Giving
Thursday, October 27th 2016
Many fundraisers have a basic understanding of planned giving but few organizations utilize planned giving as an on-going fundraising tool.  Organizations may be comfortable accepting planned gifts such as bequests and insurance but shy away from charitable gift annuities and other planned gift vehicles.  Some organizations only seek planned gifts when they are trying to build their endowment fund.  In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of the benefits of planned giving for both the donor and the organization, and will learn strategies to incorporate planned giving into their development activities.
Event Details
Date: Thursday, October 27th 2016
2:30 PM to 3:00 PM - Registration and Networking
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM - Program
4:30 PM to 5:30 PM - Happy Hour
Cost: $30 for AFP Members; $45 for non-AFP members
Registration includes an appetizer bar and two drink tickets.
Pan D'Olive
1603 McCausland Avenue,
St. Louis, MO, 63117
Presenter: Lyle W. Brizendine
Lyle joined the University of Missouri-St. Louis as Senior Director of Development-Planned Giving in 2012 after concluding a career of over 35 years in the trust and investment industry, most recently as Senior Vice President and Director of the Philanthropic Management Group at Bank of America.  As Director of Planned Giving at UMSL, Lyle assists donors to develop customized gift planning strategies that achieve their unique philanthropic goals and objectives in the most effective and impactful manner possible, while maximizing tax efficiency and minimizing cost of implementation. 
Prior to joining the Bank of America, Lyle managed the nationwide delivery of foundation, endowment, and institutional planned giving services for TIAA-CREF Trust Company. Earlier in his career, he managed the pension and institutional trust businesses, including endowments and foundations, for predecessor organizations of Bank of America for over 20 years. He received his B.S.B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and LL.M. in Taxation from Washington University in St. Louis.
1.5 CFRE credits