GFC Greetings, Upcoming Programs, & More

Hello from the SLPL Grants & Foundation Center at Central Library, where we had a nice turnout for "Grant Management Basics" last month with Dan Sise, J.D., from the Public Policy Administration Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, a frequent and welcome guest lecturer in our intermittent GFC program offerings. We are taking April & May off, but of course our virtual offerings are always available, and we always welcome visitors to our space in the Social Sciences room - come browse our shelves, search the Foundation Center databases for potential funders, or maybe read an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy or the Grassroots Fundraising Journal. You can also take advantage of other local program offerings, & we hope to see you back once our programs resume in June. Here's the scoop:

Next up in GFC Programs (June - September)

  • Intro to Grant Research – your friendly Grants & Foundations librarian, Lisa Thorp, will present an overview of the resources available at the SLPL Grants & Foundation Center in the Social Sciences room at Central Library, and will demonstrate how to use the Foundation Center databases, Foundation Directory Online & Foundation Maps. Saturday June 23, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Carnegie Room (3rd floor)
  • Planning and Implementing a Major Gift Program for Your Nonprofit Organization – A successful major gifts program has the power to change the game for a nonprofit in the best way possible. Whether you work in development at a museum or advancement at a university, if you’re in fundraising, you understand how major gifts are paramount to the sustainability of every nonprofit organization. Dan Reynolds will walk us through the steps involved in planning and executing a major gift program for your nonprofit organization, as well as lessons learned from the field. Saturday July 14, 10:30-noon, Carnegie Room (3rd floor) p.s. - it's ComicCon that Saturday at Central, so feel free to come in costume and/or plan to stay for the fun! 
  • Better Outcomes for Nonprofits with CQI – Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) is a philosophy of management that focuses on improving an organization’s efficiency & effectiveness, which can result in improved morale & teamwork. Sarah Buek, MSW, LCSW, founder of Insight Partners Consulting, LLC, will introduce participants to common CQI models & processes to apply to their nonprofit work, help identify the capacities and behaviors that lead to learning and improvement, & introduce, demonstrate, & practice several key quality improvement tools & exercises. Tuesday August 14, 3:30-5:00 p.m., Carnegie Room (3rd floor)
  • Grant Writing 101 – Amy Lottes, GPC, (Little Bit Foundation and Logos School) will return to Central Library to present this 90 minute program aimed at nonprofit corporations interested in learning how to approach charitable foundations to apply for grant funding for their organizations. Learn why you might want to pursue grant money, considerations to keep in mind, and how to know if you are “grant-ready” – and what you should do and where to go if you think the answer is “yes”. Thursday September 13, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Auditorium (Lower Level)

These programs will all be held at Central Library (1301 Olive Street). Please register online at under “Events” and contact Lisa Thorp by email at or at 314 539-0357 with any questions.

Virtual Offerings through St. Louis Public Library - Gale Courses &
SLPL offers a lot of online learning for free with your SLPL card including instructor-led courses through Gale Courses and video courses from To access, go to SLPL’s Online Resources - go to "G" for "Gale", click on link & type in "nonprofit" - & you will see a number of courses (available for free with your SLPL card) including "Get Grants!", "A to Z Grant Writing" and "Writing Effective Grant Proposals". If you go to “L” & scroll down to, you can find “Social Media for Nonprofits” or brush up on your Excel, Powerpoint, or Prezi skills.

Other Local Organizations with Training Opportunities (visit each organization’s website for more information, including registration and pricing info)

Association of Fundraising Professionals 
o Crisis Fundraising (Apr 19)
o Donor-Centered Fundraising (June 14)
Grant Professionals Association - St. Louis Regional Chapter
o GPA St. Louis Conference (Apr 24)
o Writing Meaningful Outcomes (May 1)
o Federal Grants Landscape (June 12)
Network for Strong Communities
o Volunteer Engagement 101 (Apr. 24)
o Top Talent Workshop (May 3)
o Developing a Workplan for Governmental Funding (May 8)
o Understanding the Federal Budget Process and How to Identify Future Funding (May 15)
UMSL Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program
o Successful Grant Writing (Apr 12)
o Creating Successful Group Dynamics (Apr 26)

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