Libraries Need to Get into the Fundraising Business

In these days of declining government support and increasing community expectations for programs, services and collections, libraries need money. Here are a few ways Millennia Consulting can help libraries increase their philanthropic revenue.

 Libraries Need:

 1.      Friends. We can help you strengthen your partnership with your Friends group with a strategic fundraising plan so Friends, staff and the board are working toward a common goal.

2.      Fundraising Policies and Procedures: Before you say yes to a generous gift that requires you to name a room after the donor, have you thought through your policies for recognition? Working in collaboration with your staff, we can help you define your fundraising policies and procedures to be in keeping with the best practices of nonprofit management.

3.      Campaign Readiness: Whether you need to get ready for a new capital project or have an underfunded program, we can help you assess your fundraising capacity, plan strategies for individual giving and write compelling proposals for major gift donors.

 That said, money can’t be raised without building community support and engagement and shouldn’t be raised without first developing a long-range strategic plan. Millennia has experience designing community assessment and engagement processes that inform strategic planning and we regularly guide planning efforts with libraries and other nonprofit organizations in the health, human service, and educational sectors, all of which often interface with libraries. 

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