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The library’s nonprofit series offers training on a variety of nonprofit management topics including starting a nonprofit, fundraising, recruiting volunteers, developing a board of directors, and more. We just wrapped up our spring series and are currently planning our fall workshops scheduled to begin October 2022. While you are waiting for the new series to begin, you can watch our archive of past workshops.

For more information, resources, funding tips, and helpful tools see our blog post Nurturing the Nonprofit Organization.

Workshop Archive

Starting a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

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This workshop will help you assess whether starting a nonprofit is right for you. Learn what a nonprofit organization is and the steps required to start one. Presented by: Marcus Bickle, Attorney & Project Director for the Community Development Legal Project at Indiana Legal Services


Planning Effective Programs

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In this workshop, you’ll discover the main components of a solid program plan that will allow your organization to provide quality services to your community. Presented by Gail Thomas Strong, Vice President of Community Engagement for WFYI Public Media


Successful Grant Proposals

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In this workshop, you’ll learn about the grant application process and assess whether your organization is ready to apply for grants. Presented by Gail Thomas Strong, Vice President of Community Engagement for WFYI Public Media


How to Search in FDO Essential

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Learn how to conduct a basic search in Foundation Directory Online Essential to find potential funders for your nonprofit organization. Presented by: Leah Kim, MLS


Recruiting, Engaging and Retaining Board Members

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How do you find board members and keep them engaged in the work? Find out how to build and sustain a strong, active board in this session. Presented by: Kim Donahue


Volunteer Recruitment, Retention, and More

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Learn best practices and proven methods to recruit and retain volunteers. This video will introduce tools to help guide the development of a strong and lasting volunteer workforce. Presented by: Wendy Johnson, MPA, CVA


Fearless Asking: How to Build an Individual Giving Program

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An individual giving program is an important part of any nonprofit’s fundraising strategy. This workshop will help you understand the current fundraising environment and show you how to overcome your fears so you can ask confidently for the support your nonprofit needs. Presented by Bethany Warner (CFRE), Vice President at the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation and Theresa Browning (CFRE), Major Gifts Officer at the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation


Find Your Stats in a Flash!

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This workshop will introduce you to Indiana State Data Center resources and give specific examples for finding data for grant proposals. Presented by Katie Springer, State Data Center Coordinator at the Indiana State Library


Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

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A strategic plan enables your nonprofit to look ahead and make plans for the future. Learn when and how to create an effective plan to guide your organization. Presented by: Elizabeth Coit (Liz), MBA, CFRM


Best Practices for Board of Effectiveness

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Introduces tools you can use to improve the effectiveness of your nonprofit board of directors. Presented by: Kim Donahue


Recruiting, Engaging and Retaining Board Members

Watch Now How do you find board members and keep them engaged in the work? Find out how to build and sustain a strong, active board in this session. Presented by: Kim Donahue


The Purpose of the Nonprofit Board

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Explains the role of the nonprofit board of directors, general responsibilities of the board, and the relationship between the board and staff. Presented by: Kim Donahue


Questions about the Nonprofit Series? Email our Nonprofit Librarian, Leah Kim, or call Central Library and ask to speak with someone on the Nonprofit Team.

This program was made possible by Meridian Foundation, Inc. and Friends of the Library through gifts to The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.