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Non Profit Resource Center

Upcoming Events:


Grant Database Training for September:

  • September 6, 12:30- 1:30 pm (Grant Database Training for Nonprofits). Register at http://bit.ly/1R6XqQW or call us at 860-447-1411.

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.

How to Start Your Nonprofit Business

Tuesday, May 24

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

This workshop will guide you through the beginning stages of forming a nonprofit business with workshop presenter and SCORE counselor Bob Potter. You will discover how to officially form a nonprofit corporation and register with states as a charity, as well as learn about obtaining tax exempt status, fundraising, marketing, the importance of volunteers, and creating a business plan for your nonprofit organization.

About the presenter:

Bob Potter is a graduate of Syracuse University and has more than 40 years of experience in creative management, marketing communications, and nonprofit development for leading corporate, arts, cultural and nonprofit organizations including Time Warner, National Geographic, AOL, National Gallery of Art, Lyme Art Association, Mystic Seaport, and Save the Children. His area of expertise include marketing and communications, web development, market research, fundraising for nonprofits, and strategies planning. Additionally, Bob provides consulting for the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and volunteer work with the Southeast Connecticut Shoreline Food Pantry.

Register at http://bit.ly/1RqFoMZ 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