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Library offers free grant seeking workshop

Feather Publishing
4/8/2011

Plumas County Library is offering “Grant-Seeking Basics” Friday, April 15, from 9:30 a.m. – noon in the Quincy Library meeting room. This is a reschedule of the workshop which was cancelled in March due to illness.

The workshop will provide guidelines for identifying potential funders, and will provide training in the Foundation Center’s comprehensive online database. Attendees will learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match their organization’s funding needs.

This workshop is free, and recommended for representatives of nonprofit organizations, anyone new to fundraising and anyone wanting to know more about the library’s Foundation Center resources and the funding research process. Space is limited. Interested nonprofits can register by calling the Plumas County Library, 283-6310. The library is located at 445 Jackson St.

Plumas County Library continues to offer resources for nonprofit organizations and other grantseekers looking for funding from foundations. Thanks to support from Feather River Land Trust, Plumas Rural Services, Plumas Corporation and Northern Nevada Food Bank, the library is starting its fourth year as a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center.

The Foundation Directory Online (FDO), the leading grantseeking database on the Web, has been recently updated to provide even easier search strategies. Library users have free access to FDO along with a core collection of Foundation Center directories and publications.

“We’re very grateful to our partners, who’ve allowed us to keep providing this valuable database,” says Margaret Miles, Plumas County librarian. “People like it because it’s easy to use. There’s an amazing amount of information available here that we wouldn’t have otherwise.”

The database offers a variety of search options so that searchers can create a fully customized search based on specific criteria. Most database listings offer profiles of the grantmaking organization, grant types, people and IRS Form 990. Miles is available to give instruction in use of the Foundation Directory by appointment.

A second online database, Foundation Grants to Individuals, provides sources for scholarships, fellowships and other financial support. Access to both databases is currently available only in the Quincy Library. “The nearest other Cooperating Collections are in Redding or Carson City,” says Miles. “There are many nonprofit agencies in Plumas, and in neighboring counties, that will benefit from having these resources closer at hand.”

Established in 1956, the Foundation Center is the nation’s leading authority on organized philanthropy, serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media and the general public. Thousands of people visit the center’s website each day and are served in its five regional learning centers and its national network of Cooperating Collections.

For more information about Foundation Center resources, visit foundationcenter.org.

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