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Non Profit Resource Center

Upcoming Events:

Grant Database Training for January:

  • January 14, 12:30- 1:30 pm (Introduction to Grantseeking for Individuals). Register at http://bit.ly/1GGkMNz or call us at 860-447-1411.

Grant Database Training for February:

  • February 8, 10:30- 11:30 am (Grant Database Training for Non-profits). Register at http://bit.ly/1N5hKDL or call us at 860-447-1411.

Grant Database Training for March:

  • March 14, 12:30- 1:30 pm (Introduction to Grantseeking for Individuals). Register at http://bit.ly/1N5iDwi or call us at 860-447-1411.

Grant Database Training for April:

  • April 4, 12:30- 1:30 pm (Grant Database Training for Non-profits). Register at http://bit.ly/1P2Ou0A or call us at 860-447-1411.


The Art and Science of Retaining Digital Donors

Thursday, January 28

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

Retention is your most important fundraising strategy, and your online donors are seriously at risk. Among all your donors, they are the least likely to renew their gifts – unless you take specific, creative steps to engage and thank them.
This session will help you discover how to maximize the retention rates of your digital donors. We will examine the attributes of online donors, and outline the retention strategies that work best for this slice of your donor database.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand what makes online donors tick (their habits, patterns, likes and dislikes)
  • Learn how to formulate a retention strategy for online donors
  • Understand best practices in digital communications, including email gift acknowledgement and social media content.

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. As a HubSpot Certified inbound marketer, he is a contributor to NTEN, Nonprofit Hub, Ragan, Social Media Today, Search Engine Journal, The Build Network, Technorati, Content Marketing Institute, Conductor and Business2Community.

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


How to Build the Perfect Donor Newsletter, Print and Digital

Monday, February 29

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

Do donors really want a newsletter? “Absolutely,” research says. Yet most donor newsletters die unread. Why?

Join award-winning journalist, Tom Ahern, for a fast, in-depth look at the secrets behind great donor newsletters. You’ll learn proven formulas for both paper newsletters and e-newsletters. You’ll learn how to craft a powerful headline (and why that matters). You’ll learn how to invent news when you think you have nothing to say.

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. He is an award-winning copywriter and journalist. He also works with Prof. Adrian Sargeant and psychologist Jen Shang, developing model direct-mail fundraising communications for PBS TV.

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


ABCs of Nonprofit Law

Thursday, March 17

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

This important workshop is an overview of the key legal issues for nonprofit organizations, including board roles and responsibilities, proper state and federal filing requirements, sound corporate governance, political and lobbying activities, fundraising and revenue generating issues, and much more.

Topics will include:

  • What are the important state and federal rules that apply to nonprofit tax-exempt organizations?
  • Do your board members understand all of their legal and fiduciary obligations? When can board members be sued?
  • Does your organization have sound and legal employment law practices?
  • How can you protect your organization from employment-related lawsuits, while treating your employees fairly?
  • Is your organization submitting all of its required IRS and state-required filings and reports?  What happens if you are not doing so?
  • Can your organization engage in lobbying? Political activities? What’s the difference? And what happens if you violate IRS laws?

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, lectures frequently about nonprofit and tax-exempt organization law, and trains volunteer attorneys as necessary in various aspects of nonprofit and tax-exempt law.

Register at http://bit.ly/1S9Ahi3 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