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Celebrate National Nonprofit Day with MCPL!

NONPROFIT

August 17, 2018

Did you know that Square One Small Business Services at Mid-Continent Public Library helps nonprofit organizations? Our team of business specialists will meet with you one-on-one to go over how Library resources can help you form or improve your nonprofit organization. Even though these type of organizations do not exist to earn a profit, they still need to be managed like for-profit businesses. For instance, how do you attract new donors to your organization? One answer: marketing!

In honor of National Nonprofit Day today, I thought I would post a few resources Mid-Continent Public Library offers to nonprofit organization leaders:

Small Business Builder

Don’t let the name fool you, this robust tool works just as well for nonprofit organizations as for-profit businesses, and has a special module tailored specifically to not-for-profit entities. Just as you would work on the business model canvas in the for-profit module, you will work on a mission canvas on the not-for-profit side. Additionally, there are modules for creating a founder profile, break-even analysis, financial projections, bylaws, and strategic plans.

GrantSelect

This database of grant opportunities allows you to search by keyword, country, state, subject heading, program type, sponsor type, sponsor name, title of grant, description, requirements, deadline, and restrictions. Chances are, there are multiple grants your organization would qualify for—it’s just a matter of finding them. This tool is invaluable for finding the funds to start or expand your organization.

To get the most out of these two databases, you might need to learn the essentials of managing a nonprofit or applying for grants. The resources below will help you take your knowledge to the next level.

Gale Courses:

Lynda.com Classes:

Books:

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