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Non Profit Resource Center

Upcoming Events:


Grant Database Training for October:

  • October 17, 12:30- 1:30 pm (Introduction to Grantseeking for Individuals). Register at http://bit.ly/1R2gd1X or call us at 860-447-1411.

Grant Database Training for November:

  • November 14, 12:30- 1:30 pm (Grant Database Training for Nonprofits). Register at http://bit.ly/1UEnbN4 or call us at 860-447-1411.

Unlock the Power of Visual Storytelling

Monday, September 26

Registration 9:30 AM                                      Program 10:00-12:00 PM

Stories compel us to learn, remember and act — all of the things needed to build support for your organization. This workshop is all about telling better stories. Stories that lead prospective donors, volunteers and advocates to act.

We’ll begin by reviewing the narrative elements that make for inspirational stories and then look at cost-effective ways to enhance those stories using documentary photography and multimedia technologies. Along the way, we’ll view and discuss several real-life examples.

Here’s what you’ll learn…

·         Why our brains love stories

·         How emotions affect decision making

·         The seven elements of effective nonprofit stories

·         The three types of stories you’ll need to attract and retain supporters

·         Why photography is the best choice for the visual element

·         How to incorporate images into each of your media channels

·         How to discover and attract compelling stories

·         How to make your own affordable videos

Presenter:  Michael Selissen, has more than 15 years of marketing experience plus 25 years as a photographer. He has had numerous exhibits and his writing has appeared in executive blogs and national trade publications.

Register at http://bit.ly/28OQTfQ or call us at 860-447-1411


Form 990 Review and Update

Thursday, Oct 13

Registration 9:30 AM                                      Program 10:00-12:00 PM

Form 990 is perhaps a nonprofit organization’s most valuable tool to encapsulate its mission and accomplishments. It is viewed by many stake holders, including donors, banks, and grantors to determine a nonprofit’s accountability and transparency. At this workshop Whittlesey & Hadley CPAs will provide a general review of Form 990 and schedules for Executive Directors, CFO’s, key financial staff, and board members to enhance the content of your organization’s Form 990.


Katrina Olson, CPA & Thomas Wood, CPA, Whittlesey & Hadley

Register at http://bit.ly/1rlz53X or call us at 860-447-1411


Elections 2016 Impact on Government Grants

Thursday, Nov 10

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

Nothing has a greater impact on the direction and priorities of government grants than the person who occupies the White House. Key discussion point will be how to manage the changing government priorities. This is a seminar designed for the staff or volunteers seeking information about researching, writing and submitting grants. All participants will learn about www.grants.gov process. The key elements of a government grant whether state, federal or local will be explored. The necessary government forms will be described sufficiently that participants will be able to complete them. The advantages and disadvantages of receiving government grants will be examined. It is also a perfect opportunity for anyone seeking a new career to learn about grants writing.

Potential Audience: Staff or Volunteers at non-profits or community groups of all sizes and varieties; those seeking information about future career path, those seeking to explore or expand their current skill sets; local government staff and elected officials seeking to find out about government grant opportunities(majority of federal grants are distributed to state governments).


Harriet Grayson, President of 5 Star Seminars and Publisher of Ocean Breeze Press, is an accomplished speaker, author, fundraising consultant and former insurance executive and urban planner. She has worked in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. Educated as an urban planner and urban sociologist/demographer she has planned for the City of New York and the State of Colorado.

Register at http://bit.ly/1s4Uy1k or call us at 860-447-1411



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