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Funding Development

In an era of tight public money and increased demand for services, there is a growing need to diversify funding sources beyond municipal and provincial government contributions. Some public libraries are hiring staff with fundraising experience and expertise to coordinate funding development programs. In other cases, the library CEO and board engage in funding development activities in collaboration with volunteers such as Friends of the Library groups, library foundations and fundraising committees.

The learning opportunities listed below are designed to instruct library staff on fundraising and introduce new ideas.

Learning Activities

  • Course Code: FOPL-13-1

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    Instructor: Cheryl Stenström, PhD

    Understand key concepts in the advocacy process such as influence, persuasion marketing, promotion, lobbying and networking. Learn more about the highlights of the most recent research from Cheryl Stenström from her recent doctoral research where she studied the factors (internal and external) that influenced Canadian politicians and civil servants when making funding decisions about public libraries.

    This is a recorded webinar, provided by the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, available free of charge, on demand.

  • Course Code: FOPL-13-3

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    Continue to examine applications of influence in a variety of settings, local, provincial, and national. How do you identify stakeholders in your local setting? What are the key strategies you need to know and what is a good framework for action over the longer term? Cheryl Stenström shares her insights and completes this two-part foundation for exploring influencing and advocacy strategies for Ontario public libraries.

    This is a recorded webinar, provided by the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded October 25th, 2015

  • Course Code: FOPL-13-9

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    Panel: Stephen Abram, Host TBA
    Learning Objective: Toronto Public Library's New Value Study

    This webinar presents the results of the new value study performed by the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman Business School. Modern measurements of the quantitative and qualitative economic, learning, cultural and social impact of public libraries are presented.

    This is a recorded teleconference, provided by the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries. It is available free of charge, on demand. It was recorded January 15, 2014.

  • Course Code: W17-3-FE

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    This is a recorded webinar provided by SOLS, free of charge and on demand. It was recorded February 2017.


    Have you ever looked at a Request for Proposal and felt overwhelmed? You're not alone. Grant competitions are hard, and questions are often complex. Sometimes a single question can be a paragraph long! But, with some basic training, you will gain the skills to tackle any proposal. This webinar will teach you tips and strategies on how to plan, organize and write a winning proposal.