GFC Programs for the New Year!

Here is the lineup of the SLPL Grants & Foundation Center's early 2018 programs (FREE!), and please see our prior blog post about offerings from other local organizations (usually not free, but not that expensive) & SLPL online courses that may be of interest.

  • So You Think You Want to Start a Nonprofit – Sue Greenberg of Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts and Tracy James of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri return with their two-part series “So You Think You Want to Start a Nonprofit?” On January 11, 2018 they will present “Best Choices and Basic Steps” and on January 18 they will be discussing “Nuts & Bolts for Success and Sustainability”. Join us for helpful hints, practical checklists, success stories, and cautionary tales.
    • Thursday January 11 (part 1) & 18 (part 2), 4:00-5:30 p.m., Carnegie Room (3rd floor)
  • Grant Writing 101 - Amy Lottes, GPC, will be back at Central Library by popular demand 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".
    • Saturday February 3, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Auditorium (Lower Level)
  • Legal Issues for Nonprofit Board Members – Dan Sise, J.D., Interim Director of the Public Policy Administration Program at the University of Missouri St. Louis, will discuss the legal and good governance obligations of nonprofit board members, potential liabilities, and options to protect board members from those liabilities. Dan will touch on the applicable laws and regulations (federal and state) as well as best practices to help your board function well and support your organization in its pursuit of its mission.
    • Thursday February 15, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Carnegie Room (3rd floor)
  • Grant Management Basics – Dan Sise returns to discuss the reporting and financial accountability obligations that accompany grant funds – how to manage the money, understand and comply with the grant agreement, keep on top of the paperwork, communicate with your funder, and arrive at a happy outcome for both your organization (a completed project! a successful capital campaign! an important new program!) and your funder (the satisfaction of knowing their money was put to good use by a great organization to make a difference in the community).
    • Thursday March 22, 3:00-5:00 p.m., Carnegie Room (3rd floor)

These programs will all be held at Central Library (1301 Olive Street). Please register online at under “Events” (or click on the program titles, above, for a link to sigh up!) and contact Lisa Thorp by email at or at 314 539-0357 with any questions.

Starting and Managing A Nonprofit Organization

Nonprofit Kit for Dummies

Grant Writing 101

The Nonprofit Board Answer Book

After the Grant

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