Prospering Nonprofits

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For over ten years, the North Bend Public Library has been targeting services to current and budding nonprofit organizations. These services have included a grants research workshop, other instructional classes, and a targeted collection for nonprofits. By using NBPL's experiences, this presentation will discuss how even small public libraries can support nonprofits in their efforts to build community through classes, collection-building, partnerships, and other services.
This is the full presentation, entitled "Prospering nonprofits: How libraries can assist the charitable sector and build their communities," presented by Gary Sharp and Buzzy Nielsen at the Oregon Library Association Conference on April 8, 2011.

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Prospering Nonprofits

  1. 1. Prospering nonprofits: How libraries can assist the charitable sector and build their communitiesPresented by Oregon Library Association Conference,Gary Sharp & Buzzy Nielsen April 8th, 2011 This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States license. For more information, visit http://www.creativecommons.org. A member of
  2. 2. Prospering nonprofits How libraries can assist the charitable sectorWhy care about nonprofits?
  3. 3. What needs are they fulfilling? What type of projects are they doing? How much are they worth? Who are they serving? Where are they focused? How many of them are there?Why care about nonprofits?
  4. 4. Image sources (L to R): North Bend Fire Department | South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve | “Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon” by Cafe Guerbois on Flickr What needs are they fulfilling? Environment Public safety Arts & cultureWhy care about nonprofits?
  5. 5. Image sources (L to R): Lou Sennick, The World | “Cold” by Misserion on Flickr | Coos County Fair and Rodeo Homeless Who are they serving? Children & families Rural communitiesWhy care about nonprofits?
  6. 6. Nationwide? Statewide? County-wide? Specific community? Who are you serving? Where are they focused?Why care about nonprofits?
  7. 7. Image sources (L to R): North Bend Public Library | Oregon Coast Community Action | Jefferson Public Radio What type of projects are they doing? Capital projects Endowments Program supportWhy care about nonprofits?
  8. 8. Data source: Oregon Department of Justice Charities Database Number: 15,757 What type of Revenue: >$17.5 billion projects are they doing? Assets: >$18 billion How much are they worth? How many of them are there?Why care about nonprofits?
  9. 9. http://guidestar.orgWhy care about nonprofits?Finding out more
  10. 10. Use GuideStar to find out information about nonprofits operating in your community.Why care about nonprofits?Finding out more
  11. 11. http://www.doj.state.or.us/charigroup/Why care about nonprofits?Finding out more
  12. 12. Why care about nonprofits?Finding out more
  13. 13. Prospering nonprofitsHow libraries can assist the charitable sector Collections
  14. 14. Oregon Foundation Databook C&D Publishing Guide to Proposal Writing Foundation Center Foundation Directory Foundation Center Getting Funded: The CompleteCollections Guide to Writing Grant Proposals Mary Hall and Susan HowlettBooks - Grants research
  15. 15. CollectionsBooks - Grants research
  16. 16. CollectionsBooks - Grants research
  17. 17. Oregon Nonprofit Corporation Handbook Ten Basic Responsibilities Cynthia Cumfer and Kay Sohl of Nonprofit Boards Richard T. Ingram Nonprofit Meetings, Minutes, and Records Anthony MancusoCollections Publicity for Nonprofits Sandra L. BeckwithBooks - Nonprofit management
  18. 18. CollectionsBooks - Publishers
  19. 19. http://fconline.foundationcenter.org/CollectionsFoundation Directory Online
  20. 20. CollectionsFoundation Directory Online
  21. 21. Scenario: Youre seeking grants to build a new library building or renovate an old one.CollectionsFoundation Directory Online
  22. 22. CollectionsFoundation Directory Online - Indexes
  23. 23. CollectionsFoundation Directory Online - Results
  24. 24. http://foundationcenter.org/collections/CollectionsFoundation Center Cooperating Collections
  25. 25. Core collection from FC  Electronic resources  The Foundation Directory Online Professional  Foundation Grants to Individuals Online  Philanthropy In/Sight  Print resources  After the Grant: The Nonprofits Guide to Good Stewardship (2010)  Board Members Book (2003)  The Foundation Center’s Guide to Proposal Writing, 6th ed. (2011)  The Foundation Directory (2011)  Foundation Fundamentals (2008)  Foundation Grants to Individuals (2011)  Foundation Growth and Giving Estimates (2011)  Foundations and Public Policy (2009)  The Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals, + Spanish edition (2008)  Guide to Funding for International and Foreign Programs (2010)  International Grantmaking IV (2008)  National Directory of Corporate Giving (2011)  Securing Your Organizations Future (2001)  Social Justice Grantmaking II (2009)  The 21st Century Nonprofit: Managing in the Age of Governance (2009)CollectionsFoundation Center Cooperating Collections
  26. 26. Multnomah County Library University of Oregon Libraries Eugene Public Library North Bend Public Library Umpqua Community College Library Jackson County Library Services Oregon Institute of TechnologyCollectionsFoundation Center Cooperating Collections
  27. 27. Prospering nonprofitsHow libraries can assist the charitable sector Programming
  28. 28. Classes directed toward nonprofits and grantwriters can be a consistent draw throughout the year.ProgrammingClasses for nonprofits
  29. 29. Social media for nonprofits How to form a nonprofit organization Grants research for the first-time grantwriter Fundraising during difficult economic times An outline of basic grantwriting Grant applications: The funders perspectiveProgrammingSpecial events
  30. 30. ProgrammingIdentifying local help and funders
  31. 31. Programming you already offer might be of interest to nonprofits as continuing education or free training. Try marketing your computer classes, workshops, and presentations to the nonprofit community.ProgrammingLeverage pre-existing events
  32. 32. Photo source: Lou Sennick, The World North Bend Senior CenterProgrammingSuccess stories
  33. 33. Prospering nonprofitsHow libraries can assist the charitable sector Partnerships
  34. 34. Programming Membership/ board involvement Coos County Literacy Council Space/sponsorship Programming Presentations/training ProgrammingPartnerships Membership/ board involvementLevels of partnership
  35. 35.  Benefits of partnering  Visibility/marketing  Building expertise and competencies  Securing costs and resources Difficulties of partnering  Insufficient resources/funding  Tangential to mission  Logistical difficulties  Contention among partnersPartnershipsPros and cons of partnering
  36. 36. Before the partnership During the partnership After the partnership Analyze costs &  Evaluate on-the-fly  Evaluate any benefits programs and  Constantly check services that Establish goals in with each other occured Does it fit your  Look for ways to  Assess the mission? improve the partnership itself: programs as Budget more time did it achieve the youre engaged in and $ than you goals you set out? them predict  Plan for future  Make sure that Look at how your partnership everything relates organizational efforts, if deemed to the goals you cultures differ valuable establishedPartnershipsElements for success
  37. 37. Membership/ Why volunteer at nonprofits? board involvement  To help out by volunteering your time, skills, and leadership  To connect with others for a good cause  To gain experience and new skills in a different organization and enhance your resume  To serve in a nonprofit with a mission thats compatible with your librarys, which may lead to collaborations and grant projectsPartnerships Membership/ board involvementVolunteering with nonprofits
  38. 38. Prospering nonprofitsHow libraries can assist the charitable sector Conclusion
  39. 39. Takeaway 1: Libraries and nonprofits share missions to address unmet needs in their communities.Conclusion
  40. 40. Takeaway 2: Nonprofit Collections of print and electronic resources help nonprofits find grants, raise funds, and manage their organizations.Conclusion
  41. 41. Takeaway 3: Programming provides essential information to help individuals and groups plan, establish, and maintain nonprofit organizations.Conclusion
  42. 42. Takeaway 4: Partnering with nonprofits increases visibility in the community and strengthens projects.Conclusion
  43. 43. Takeaway 1: Libraries and nonprofits share missions to address unmet needs in their communities. Takeaway 2: Nonprofit Collections of print and electronic resources help nonprofits find grants, raise funds, and manage their organizations. Takeaway 3: Programming provides essential information to help individuals and groups plan, establish, and maintain nonprofit organizations. Takeaway 4: Partnering with nonprofits increases visibility in the community and strengthens projects.Conclusion
  44. 44. Prospering nonprofits How libraries can assist the charitable sector Questions?Contact us!Gary Sharp, Director of Library Services - gsharp@cclsd.orgBuzzy Nielsen, Assistant Library Director - bnielsen@cclsd.orgThis presentation was made using open source software: Ubuntu Linux LibreOffice Chromium GIMP Shutter LibreOffice Operating system Impress Web browser Image editor Screenshot utility Calc Presentation program Spreadsheet program

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