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Non Profit Resource Center

Upcoming Events:

Grant Database Training for March:

  • March 16, 2:00- 3:00 pm (Grant Database Tutorial for Non Profits). Register at http://bit.ly/16KDAdW or call us at 860-447-1411 to register .

Grant Database Training for April:

  • April 13, 12:30- 1:30 pm (Introduction to Grant Seeking for Individuals). Register at http://bit.ly/1CSS3gi or call us at 860-447-1411 to register .

Grant Database Training for May:

  • May 11, 12:30- 1:30 pm (Grant Database Tutorial for Non Profits). Register at http://bit.ly/1CSSmrr or call us at 860-447-1411 to register .


Branding Facts of Life: The logo just doesn’t matter

Monday, March 23, 2015  

8:30-9:00 AM Coffee and Registration           9:00-12:00 PM Program 

“Brand is the difference between a cup of coffee and a cup of Starbucks”

You (and your nonprofit) have a different “brand” for everyone you work with: clients, donors, community leaders, funders, etc. Even your staff and board members have assigned a “brand”to the organization, and they aren’t necessarily the same.

We’ll ask (and answer) three questions at this workshop:

  1. What is a brand, after all?
  2. What do you think is your organization’s brand for your key constituencies, and is that the one you want them to see?
  3. How do you get to the brand you want?

We’ll discuss the elements of branding, how your audiences differ in their perceptions (and why that matters), the more authentic but less discussed techniques of branding, and some of the formal aspects of branding.

Please sign up early to receive short thought provoking articles on branding that will be discussed at the workshop.

Presenter: Rick Schwartz (www.SchwartzTalk.com)  has worked closely with  charitable people, foundations and nonprofits for 40 years.

Please call 860-447-1411 ext 3 or register at http://bit.ly/1tKmSFZ


Social Media for Nonprofits

Monday, April 6, 2015  

9:00-9:30 AM Coffee and Registration           9:30-11:30 AM Program 

Nonprofit organizations can use social media to build community and awareness about their organization. In this two-hour workshop, nonprofits will learn about the major social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and how they can use these social sites to connect with their donors and supporters, and find new ones. You’ll learn how to create and organize content, and have a chance to think about social media strategy.

Presenter: Caitlin Thayer (Owner Barefoot Media)

Barefoot Media has been working with nonprofit organizations since 2009 to help them learn how to social media platforms to market themselves and build community. Barefoot Media has worked with over 50 nonprofits in New England, including the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, Junior Achievement, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Hartford Public Library.

Please call 860-447-1411 ext 3 or register at http://bit.ly/1GmnN0X

The Art and Science of Winning Grants

Friday, May 15, 2015  

8:30-9:00 AM Coffee and Registration           9:00-12:00 PM Program 

Learn the basics of preparing grant proposals to foundations and corporations or sharpen your intermediate grant proposal writing skills through a step-by-step approach to the process. From developing the proposal idea to completing the details of the budget, this fast-paced workshop provides an outline to use to prepare clear, concise, comprehensive, and competitive proposals. The topics covered include: 

  • Understanding the grantseeking process. 
  • The art and science of designing winning proposals.
  • Preparing well-written proposal components.
  • Learning the protocols associated with grantmaking.

Presenter: Diane Gedeon-Martin

Diane Gedeon-Martin, President of The Write Source, is a nationally recognized consultant and respected instructor in the area of grantseeking for nonprofit organizations. Prior to entering the nonprofit sector, she spent 15 years in corporate marketing with Fortune 500 companies.

In 2001, she joined the faculty of The Fund Raising School at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University where she not only teaches Preparing Successful Grant Proposals but also co-developed the curriculum for the course. She is currently on faculty with the Connecticut After-School Network, the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, and the AFP Connecticut Chapter for their Principles of Fundraising workshop series.

Please call 860-447-1411 ext 3 or register at http://bit.ly/1Nd7QyR

What Is the Center?

The Public Library of New London, in partnership with the Foundation Center, is pleased to be able to offer a Non Profit Resource Center to the hundreds of non profits in the area. We offer:

  • Access to information on 100,000 grantmakers and 2.3 million grants through the Foundation Center Online Databases.
  • A variety of non profit literature including periodicals and books on topics ranging from non profit management, to marketing, to social media, to finances, to grant writing and fundraising.
  • Monthly workshops and networking events designed to help non profits better fulfill their mission.



“I just have to let you know how much I got from your presentation [Finding Funding Database Tutorial]  last night. You were slow paced, clear and concise in your delivery and I was able to follow along without panicking or being discouraged. Thank you so much.” - Louise Fabrykiewcz, Save Ocean Beach

“Thank you for doing the work to provide this morning’s Social Media Workshop. Anne’s presentation and handouts came at just the right time for me as I was wondering how to bring social media into our planning process. I will be signing up for both sessions on October 12.” – Lou Allyn, Mystic River Historical Society