Resources for NEKLS Member Libraries

Become a Public Library Partner

Your library is a community anchor. Staff members work hard to apply resources in an efficient and impactful manner. You have ideas for new and innovative programs or maybe your community would benefit from a new or renovated space. Fundraising can often provide that extra measure of support to help you get there.

The Northeast Kansas Library Foundation can assist by tackling many of the activities associated with fundraising:

• Donor database management
• Gift acceptance and processing
• Gift acknowledgement / receipting
• Gift reporting
• Participate in the construction and stewardship of planned gifts
• Develop marketing content for electronic and print platforms
• Provide fundraising consulting

NEKLS member public libraries interested in partnering with the Foundation will complete a memorandum of understanding which spells out the role of the Foundation and the responsibilities of each party. To learn more, contact us at:

Grant-Seeking / Fundraising Resources

Are you a library seeking grants and/or other forms of philanthropic support? Are you unsure how to implement a fundraising program? The following links may prove helpful . . . .

• Grant-Seeking

NEKLS member libraries should contact Mike McDonald for access to a spreadsheet of potential grant funders who support non-profits in the NEKLS service area.

Track and Find Funding for Libraries by using this great tool from Candid and the Knight Foundation.  Explore the data tool to see what grants have been awarded to libraries in Kansas — the funders, the recipients, the purpose and the grant amounts.

The Funding Information Network is a network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers that can be found across the U.S. and around the world. These resource centers offer access to electronic search tools for identifying potential grant funders.

Search GuideStar to view the Form 990s of grant-providing foundations. The 990 should list all grant recipients and grant $$ amounts for each year listed.

Get to know the representatives of your local community foundation. Learn more though the Kansas Association of Community Foundations.

• Implementing a Fundraising Program

The American Library Association released the Frontline Fundraising Toolkit in 2009. “The guide covers the basics of annual funds, memorials and tributes, online giving and planned giving. It will also teach you how to deepen relationships with your donors and move your donors from being one-time givers to long-term library supporters.”

• Gift Processing, Acknowledgement and Receipting

IRS Publication 1771, Charitable Contributions–Substantiation and Disclosure

Grants from NEKL Foundation

No funding is available at this time.  Contact the Foundation for more information.