This summer, Foundation Center re-launched its global affiliate program, the Funding Information Network (FIN), and announced the inaugural cohort of certified training partners. We are kicking off a blog post series to share their stories. First up, we have the Middle Georgia Regional Library!

In the fall of 2016, Middle Georgia Regional Library hosted one of their first trainings for the nonprofit community. As attendees packed into the training room, it was clear that the community had a desire to work for social change, and needed the resources to help make that change happen.

Since that time, Middle Georgia Regional Library has seen more success in their work with nonprofits by establishing local partnerships and spreading the word about nonprofit trainings and access to Foundation Directory Online, both of which are available at no cost at the library.  By committing to the Funding Information Network Training program, the library has been able to provide expanded programming opportunities and emerge as a new capacity builder in the community.

During a recent meeting of the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance, three of Middle Georgia Regional Library’s major community partners—Knight Foundation, the Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Inc., and a local downtown business development nonprofit—recognized the library for its commitment to providing business and nonprofit resources. A public nod from each of these organizations is an indication of the measurability of Middle Georgia Regional Library’s role in social change.

The library has a lot more on deck for fall and winter programming, including partnering with Foundation Center South (based in Atlanta) to present "How to Start a Nonprofit and Write a Grant-Ready Proposal" on Tuesday, November 13 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Middle Georgia Regional Library's Washington Memorial Library location (1180 Washington Avenue in Macon, Georgia). This workshop will cover the basic aspects of starting a nonprofit organization, including pros and cons, general characteristics, and legalities. Local nonprofits and library users will also share the progress and successes they've experienced since taking advantage of the Foundation Center resources found at the library.

Follow GrantSpace on Twitter for more programming opportunities at all of our Funding Information Network partner locations, and stay tuned here on the blog for more stories about our first group of certified training partners.

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