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Non Profit Resource Center

Upcoming Events:

Grant Database Training for January:

  • January 18, 1:30- 2:30 pm (Grant Database Training for Nonprofits). Register at http://bit.ly/2fDnt9M or call us at 860-447-1411.

Grant Database Training for February:

  • February 13, 12:30- 1:30 pm (Introduction to Grantseeking for Individuals). Register at http://bit.ly/2gqT2Wv   or call us at 860-447-1411.

Grant Database Training for March:

  • March 7, 12:30- 1:30 pm (Grant Database Training for Nonprofits). Register at http://bit.ly/2g3WTHC or call us at 860-447-1411.

 Raising Money the Right Way: Fundraising Legally in the 21st Century

Thursday, Jan 26

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

Is your nonprofit raising money from raffles, events, and direct solicitations?  Are you considering crowd-funding, corporate sponsorships, or charging for services or goods?  Learn the legal implications of traditional and non-traditional fundraising methods so you can be creative and well-prepared.  Protect your organization’s tax-exempt status, avoid fines, and prevent lawsuits associated with fundraising and other revenue-generating activities.  Attendees will learn about the laws and regulations surrounding:

  • Raffles
  • Corporate sponsorships
  • Charging fees for service and other types of business income
  • Crowd-funding
  • Online dos and don’ts
  • Properly acknowledging gifts
  • Registration and reporting requirements

Presenter: Priya Morganstern, Director, Hartford Program, oversees the Pro Bono Partnership’s services in Connecticut. She provides direct legal services to local nonprofits, connects nonprofit organizations with volunteer attorneys, and lectures frequently about nonprofit and tax-exempt organization law.

Register at http://bit.ly/2dckxAJ or call us at 860-447-1411


Using Social Media to Show Gratitude

Friday, Feb 17

Registration 8:30 AM                                      Program 9:00-11:00 AM

Did you know that 53% of donors lapse because of poor donor communication? Though social media usage has become pervasive among nonprofits, it is still used primarily for promotion. Those organizations who are utilizing networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to show authentic and personalized appreciation to supporters are reaping the benefits of increased engagement and donor loyalty.

This session will help you discover how to maximize your nonprofit’s social media accounts through thankfulness, instead of promotion. We will examine real-life examples of effective social media usage from organizations large and small, as well as the latest research into what works and what doesn’t.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discover time-honored gift acknowledgement techniques that translate perfectly to social media
  • Learn how to formulate a relevant social content strategy for your organization
  • Understand data-driven best practices in timing, format and style of social posts across all networks

Presenter: Steven Shattuck is VP of marketing at Bloomerang, which helps nonprofit organizations to reach, engage and retain the advocates they depend on to achieve their vision for a better world.

Register at http://bit.ly/2e3LJ2f or call us at 860-447-1411


Writing for Digital — Web, mobile, email, Facebook

Thursday, Mar 16

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

Digital is different. For one thing, it can move and speak (video). For another, it’s action oriented: people click a lot; they read very little. What are today’s best practices in this ever-evolving world? This non-technical overview of writing for digital media introduces key communications concepts from world-class web usability experts like Steve Krug (Don’t Make Me Think) and Ginny Redish (Letting Go of the Words). It also explains in detail why a small animal welfare charity in Bangkok, Thailand, can now raise $350,000 every month in donations from American women 45 and older … using Facebook alone. (Maybe you can do it, too!) The workshop covers best practices for donation landing pages. It shows why offers are so important in this clicker’s playground. And it demonstrates how email and social media build a sense of family in your base and ultimately help you raise more money.

Presenter: Tom Ahern is an author and one of the world’s leading experts on donor communications. Each year, he delivers dozens of workshops to fundraisers internationally.

Register at http://bit.ly/2e3LJ2f 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