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Spring 2022 Nonprofit Program Series


03/09/2022 | Business, Programs & Events

Adults participating in a learning workshop

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 will be offering in-person workshops in April led by local nonprofit leaders. Checkout our full list of workshops below.

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


Starting a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization

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: Josh Abel, Legal Counsel at Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

  • Saturday, April 9 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Register

Planning Effective Programs

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

  • Saturday, April 16 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Register

Successful Grant Proposals

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

  • Saturday, April 16 from 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Register


Intro to FDO: Finding Grant Funders

Learn to use Foundation Directory Online (FDO), a research tool that can help 501(c)(3) nonprofits find grant makers most likely to fund their projects. Presented by: Leah Kim and Chase Martin, Librarians on the Nonprofit Team at the Indianapolis Public Library and FDO Certified Trainers

  • Tuesday, April 19 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Register


Volunteer Recruitment, Retention, and More

Learn best practices and proven methods to recruit and retain volunteers. Participants will receive tools to help guide the development of a strong and lasting volunteer workforce. Presented by: Wendy Johnson, (MPA, CVA), Volunteer Resource Supervisor at the Indianapolis Public Library

  • Thursday, April 21 from 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Register


Fearless Asking: How to Build an Individual Giving Program

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

  • Saturday, April 23 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Register

Find Your Stats in a Flash!

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

  • Saturday, April 23 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Register


Strategic Planning for Nonprofits

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: Alyson Parham Small, President and Founder of the Partec Consulting Group

  • Saturday, April 30 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm Register

Developing an Effective Board of Directors

This workshop will help you understand the basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards and identify methods for improving board effectiveness. Presented by: Falicia Brewer, President of Brewer & Associates

  • Saturday, April 30 from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Register

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.

Not able to attend one of our workshops? Watch one of our recorded sessions from our Spring 2021 workshop series available on the Library’s YouTube channel.

Made possible by Friends of the Library through gifts to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.