Services, plus a special library location, just for nonprofits!

Did you know about the new Community Foundation Campus Nonprofit Library? Well, now you do!

Before I get into the juicy details about the Community Foundation Campus (CFC) Library, I want to introduce this new Grants & Nonprofits Blog. My name is Wayne Wheeler, and as the Grants and Nonprofits Librarian at the Idea+Space at the Joel D Valdez Main Library, I will be creating bi-monthly blog posts about the goings-on and inner workings of grants and nonprofit-related activities throughout the Pima County Public Library and how we can help those working in the community in this important realm.

In case you weren’t already aware, your Pima County Public Libraries offer a wide variety of tools to help you navigate your way through the grants and nonprofit world. Some of the tools we offer include:

  1. Free access to grant-searching databases including the Arizona Guide to Grants, the Foundation Directory Online, and the Grants to Individuals Online available in our E-Library.
  2. Numerous free presentations throughout the year on topics including: searching the databases mentioned above; presentations on soft skills such as emotional intelligence and motivation; introductory programs about the nuts and bolts process of grant-writing and direct mailing; free one-on-one consultations with an area lawyer, and our Social Media Librarian; and various other grants/nonprofit-related topics.
  3. Free assistance from professional library staff.
  4. Access to free meeting space.

And… if you’ve visited one of the Pima County Public Libraries, you know this list goes on and on!

This then seems like a perfect time to segue into what the Community Foundation Campus Library offers vs. what the regular libraries offer.

The Community Foundation Campus Library is located at the CFC at 5049 E. Broadway in Tucson, just northwest of the Rosemont/Broadway intersection. The Library is located in suite #105. Along with the above-mentioned services, the CFC Library is solely dedicated to the needs of the nonprofit community.

Because of its specific focus, while the CFC Library does have a reference collection of printed materials, it does not function as a regular “lending” library. Materials that reside at the CFC Library may not be checked out. One also may not place or retrieve holds on library materials at the CFC Library; again, its function is specific to the needs of the Pima County nonprofit community.

Some of the upcoming workshops at the CFC Library include: Hands-on help using the Foundaton Directory and the ReferenceUSA databases, the presentation Introduction to Project Budgets, and one-on-one consultations with our Social Media Librarian.

The CFC Library is open Monday-Thursday from 11am–4:00pm. They may be reached via email at nonprofitlib@pima.gov.

In contrast to the CFC Library, the 26 Pima County libraries offer lending library functions such as checking out materials, putting materials on hold to be picked up, and additional programs, staff, meeting space, and other services.

Here are the CFC Library events for the month of October:

Introduction to Foundation Directory Online, October 9, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Get connected to over 140,000+ grantmakers for optimal funding opportunities and win more grants. Locate grant opportunities and research prospective funders with ease. Hands on time following the presentation with certified FDO staff to assist.

ReferenceUSA— Online Directory, October 16, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Get access to the data you need!  Learn to use the powerful tools in this national directory to create targeted lists consisting of charitable donors and networking partners. Hands on time following the presentation with Nonprofit Library staff.

Office Hours: Social Media Expert Consultation, October 21, 1:00 pm–3:30 pm (last appointment at 3:00 pm)
One-on-one time with Lisa Bunker, Pima County Public Library’s social media Librarian. Bring your burning social media questions to Lisa and reserve your 30-minute time slot today.

Storytelling for Nonprofits, October 23, 1:00 am–3:00 pm
This workshop will show how to communicate the impact of your nonprofit's programs through storytelling. Registration is required. Please check the online event calendar for registration details at www.library.pima.gov.

Make sure you visit us at the CFC Library space soon!  We look forward to being another helpful option in your nonprofit research tool bag.

-Wayne Wheeler
Grants and Nonprofits Librarian