Nonprofit Grant Research with the Library

Nonprofits, you are on our minds. At a time when the communities you serve need you the most, you are experiencing the impacts of COVID-19 along with the rest of us. Sources of revenue like fundraising events and programs have been put on hold, staff and volunteers are under stay-at-home orders, and you’re navigating the many challenges of telework.

The Seattle Public Library is here to help with at least one task that is likely on your list: seeking grant funding! Whether you are an experienced grant researcher or just starting this fundraising strategy out of necessity, our resources and services can help with the process of finding those opportunities.

Foundation Directory Online logoFoundation Directory Online (FDO) is the most comprehensive database of U.S. grantmakers available. Use this tool to search for grantmakers who have funded organizations working on causes and with communities similar to those you serve. While we usually provide access to FDO only from our Central Library, during the closure we have two remote access options available to everyone: Continue reading “Nonprofit Grant Research with the Library”

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: Continue reading “Planning for Fundraising – a class at the Central Library”