While we are taking a couple of months off from programs, we are plenty busy at the Grants & Foundation Center helping local nonprofits hunt for possible grant funding and sharing the variety of resources, both digital and analog, that we have to offer to assist nonprofits in their quest to achieve, or perhaps define or refine, their mission. We wrapped up our 2018-2019 program year learning from Sarah Buek of The IllumiLab how to "Stop the Measurement Madness!" As Sarah said (while everyone nodded along in agreement), nonprofits can sometimes feel like they are spending so much time measuring what they are trying to achieve, that they don't have any time to actually do the underlying work that is the reason the nonprofit exists. Sarah gave us some useful tips and pointed us toward some additional resources that can help nonprofits spend less time counting and more time doing. To learn more, visit The IllumiLab website, sign up for their newsletter, check out this list of relevant Library books, & read the recent Social Sciences blog post about the upcoming census and resources available through the Library to discover, collect, understand, and present data.
The Grants & Foundations Librarian, Lisa Thorp, recently attended The Rome Group's annual summer gathering, "Philanthropic Landscape 2019," with the theme "Generational Changes: Shaping Your Strategies." We had an overview of recent changes in the world of philanthropy, both locally and nationally, a presentation on Generational Changes by Melissa S. Brown, and a panel of local nonprofit leaders (Nicole Faber of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Sarah Javier of APA Adoption Center, Katie Rahn of Southside Early Childhood Center, Ginger Smith of the Bellwether Foundation, and Blake Strode of Arch City Defenders) sharing their perspective and experiences. Information regarding the program, as well as links to the slide shows, can be found here. The Rome Group is a great local resource for information relevant to nonprofits; they are especially known for their Nonprofit Career Board.
In August we plan to attend a program offered by STL Nonprofit News, "Should I or Shouldn't I (Start a Nonprofit)" with Maxine Clark of Delmar DivINe and Diane Drollinger of Network for Strong Communities. The program will be held at 4:30 p.m. on August 8 at Venture Café (4240 Duncan), and is the last of their 2019 Learning Series offerings (they are soliciting ideas for the 2020 series - so give them a holler with suggestions). If you are considering starting a nonprofit, you may want to attend as well. You may also want to explore Gale Small Business Builder (available via the SLPL website under Digital Resources) and the recently launched Nonprofit Startup Assessment made available by Candid (we used to call them Foundation Center before they merged earlier this year with GuideStar) on the GrantSpace website. Or visit the GFC & check out a book or several.
Up next in terms of GFC programs we will be offering repeat performances of the following popular, informative programs:
- Grant Writing 101 with Amy Lottes, GPC (Little Bit Foundation and Logos School) - Saturday, September 28 from 10:30 to noon
- Grant Management Basics with Dan Sise (UMSL Nonprofit Management and Leadership Program) - Thursday October 3rd from 2-4 p.m.
- Legal Issues for Nonprofit Board Members (also) with Dan Sise - Thursday November 14, 2019 from 2-4 p.m.
You can always see upcoming GFC offerings by going to the SLPL events page & searching "GFC" - but for your convenience, the links above will take you to the information/registration page for each.
We hope you are enjoying your summer, and look forward to seeing you at the GFC, an upcoming program, and/or out in the community.