Tuesday, March 19, 2-4 pm
Central Library Community Room
This course is designed to help nonprofit agencies with the basics of developing a grant project budget, and it is geared for those who have general knowledge of grant proposal development. When you complete this course, you will know: the basic components of a project budget; different types of financial documents often required for proposals; how overhead costs and fringe benefits may be incorporated within the budget and more.
The workshop is an overview of the Foundation Center Database , a powerful tool for the nonprofit community, providing access to 90,000+ U.S. foundations, grant making public charities, and corporate givers, with links to over 7,000 grant maker and corporate websites and IRS 990-PF and 990 returns. The workshop will review tips and tricks for searching and how to best use the Databases interface. An introduction to the Foundation Center's website—another powerful resource for grant makers—will also be covered. Reserved seating is limited to representatives of area nonprofit and grassroots organizations.
We are pleased to present a special class led by Deborah Koch from STCC!
Selecting the Best Funders for your Project
Thursday, March 28, 2-4 pm
Central Library Community Room
Most grant proposals are rejected because they are not a good match with the grantmaker. This workshop helps grantseekers understand how to determine which funders are a good match for their projects. Participants will learn to identify good match indicators and how to determine a funder's problem-solving approach, underlying beliefs, and political ideology. Because this information affects what is presented and emphasized in a proposal, grantseekers will discover how to read between the lines to write their proposals in a way that the funder can hear. Led by Deborah Koch, Director of Grants at Springfield Technical Community College and author ofHow to say it--grantwriting : write proposals that grantmakers want to fund
The Springfield City Library is a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center. Formerly known as the Western Mass. Funding Resource Center hosted by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, the Cooperating Collection is now housed at the Central Library, 220 State Street.
As a member of this nationwide network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit agencies, the Springfield City Library provides visitors with free public access to grantmaker directories, books on fundraising and nonprofit management, and the Foundation Center's electronic databases, The Foundation Directory Online and Foundation Grants to Individuals Online. The fully searchable database includes detailed profiles of all active U.S. foundations, as well as an extensive file of recent grants awarded by the nation's top funders.
Representatives of nonprofit and grassroots organizations and other patrons are welcome to use the print collection and databases in the main reference area (Wellman Hall) at the Central Library at any time during our open hours. Librarians are available for assistance. Wireless access for laptop computers is available. No preliminary training is required.
For more information or for group visits, please contact the Collection Supervisor, Donna Goldthwaite, at 413-263-6828 ext. 437 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. To be added to our e-mail list (to be advised of upcoming programs and Foundation Center updates), please send a request to email@example.com.
DATABASES available through the Cooperating Collection:
Foundation Directory Online
A searchable database of 80,000+ U.S. foundations, grantmaking public charities, and corporate givers, including sponsoring company information. Additional program information and expanded application guidelines for larger funders. Links to over 7,400 grantmaker and corporate Web sites. Links to IRS 990-PF and 990 returns. See a librarian for assistance. In-library use only at Central Library.
Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
A searchable online database of more than 6,200 foundation and public charity programs that fund students, artists, researchers, and other individual grantseekers. See a librarian for assistance. In-library use only at Central Library.
Philanthropy In/Sight This interactive mapping tool was designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, academics -- virtually anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today. In/Sight combines the Foundation Center's rich data on grantmakers and their grants with familiar Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy. Choosing from a wide range of customization options, users can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships as never before. Plus, users can overlay grant data with their choice of over 150 demographic, socio-economic, and other data sets to create compelling visual portraits showing where philanthropy has made an impact and where opportunities exist to fill critical needs. In-library use only at Central Library.
Associated Grant Makers of Massachusetts
Access to the extensive resources of AGM, a regional association of grant makers, both foundations and corporations with giving programs, serving in, or making grants in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. including Grant Makers and Nonprofit Directories, RFPs, KnowledgeBase, Consultants & Resources Database, and more. Users should delete their marked records before leaving for the day. In-library use only. See a librarian for username & password.
The Foundation Center's new learning community for the social sector! GrantSpace, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of grantseekers, including videos, podcasts, a Knowledge Base, FAQs, an AskaLibrarian service, and more.