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Workshops and Services for Nonprofits

at the Dayton Metro Library

Dayton-area nonprofits seeking dependable funding sources have an ally in the Dayton Metro Library. Nonprofit Resources Librarian Susan Rodenberg offers assistance with grant writing, fundraising, board development, planning and other areas of nonprofit interest.  Based in the Main Library’s LAUNCH POINT on the second floor, Rodenberg conducts free workshops as well as one-on-one sessions.

Upcoming workshops provide important networking opportunities and useful information for nonprofit volunteers, grant writers and board members:

NONPROFIT LAW 101: FOUNDATIONAL BASICS
Monday, Febraury 12 | 2 - 4 PM | Main Library Community Room 2A
Nonprofit organizations, like other corporations, need legal advice to understand the complex web of overlapping state and federal regulations by which they are governed. This presentation by Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio gives nonprofit leaders an overview of the most common legal issues and questions they face, including governance, compliance, employment, intellectual property, and using volunteers. Presented by Erin Childs, Executive Director of Pro Bono Partnership.

GOVERNMENT FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: HOW THEY DIFFER FROM PRIVATE FUNDING AND HOW TO WIN THEM!
Wednesday, February 28 | 2 - 4 PM | Main Library Community Room 2A
Enhance your grant seeking efforts by learning the difference between corporate foundations, community foundations, family foundations, and government funders. You’ll walk away from this session with tricks of the trade you can immediately use! Presented by Andrea Hoff, Director of Prevention and Early Intervention at the ADAMHS Board for Montgomery County.

ACHIEVING STRONGER ALIGNMENT
Tuesday, April 17 | 2 - 4 PM | Main Library Community Room 2A
Dana Textoris, Director of Client Engagement for Grants Plus, discusses:

  • Why a proposal shouldn't be about what the organization needs, but about the alignment between the project or organization and what the funder cares most about.
  • Factors to consider when deciding whether to pursue a grant opportunity.
  • A pre-writing technique to sharpen ideas and lead to clearer, more compelling writing.
  • A sample winning grant proposal and identify the elements that make it work.
  • A "core compelling idea" that can be put to work in your next grant proposal.

All workshops are free, but advance registration is recommended.

“While the workshops offer vital information and opportunities for networking, I’m happy to meet with individuals for more personalized assistance too,” says Rodenberg. “Each nonprofit is different, funders are different and opportunities vary, so meeting and discussing your unique needs can be especially helpful.”

Register for a workshop online at DaytonMetroLibrary.org/Events, or schedule an appointment for one-on-one assistance with funding research, grant writing, volunteer and board development by calling Susan Rodenberg at 937.496.8624 or by email: SRodenberg@DaytonMetroLibrary.org.

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