Planning for Fundraising – a class at the Central Library

Whether you are researching grants for a nonprofit organization to fund a new program or scholarships for undergraduate or graduate studies, The Seattle Public Library’s Foundation Research Center can be of assistance.  The center, located at the Central Library in the Business, Science, and Technology Department on Level 7, is a partnership between the library and the Foundation Center, an international organization that strives to increase awareness and knowledge about philanthropy.

SPL and the Foundation Center are offering a 2 hour class on Monday April 11th.  Scott Ullman, Regional Training Coordinator for the Foundation Center will focus on a basic planning process for diversifying your organization’s support by introducing you to strategies for devising a fundraising plan that best reflects your organization’s needs and resources. Topics covered include: assessing your organization’s strengths; developing your case for support; formulating fundraising goals; looking at diverse sources of support; and how to begin putting it all together in a plan.

To help you with your research we suggest:

Foundation Directory Online – Interactive and searchable database for grant seekers and fundraisers from the Foundation Center covering 80,000 grant makers.  Available for in-Library use only.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online –Interactive and searchable database for individual grant seekers such as artists, students, writers, and researchers. Available for in-Library use only

Foundation Fundamentals –  A concise historical background and current trends in the world of foundations and insight into foundations and their role in U.S. philanthropy.

The Grants Register 2011: The Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide – A comprehensive guide to postgraduate grants and professional funding worldwide with up to date information on the availability of, and eligibility for, postgraduate and professional awards.

Nonprofit World – Focuses on all aspects of running effective nonprofit organizations, including fundraising, income generation, and legal advice.

Grassroots Fundraising Journal – News for small to medium sized nonprofit organizations on how to raise money.  Includes case studies, profiles of major donors, and tax laws affecting nonprofits.

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