Category Archives: Classes

Proposal Writing Basics Class this Friday

Be sure to sign up for this Friday’s Proposal Writing Basics class.  Ed Bergin, a retired grant reviewer and expert grant writer, will teach us how to write winning grant proposals. The class runs from 9 am to Noon, and pre-registration is required.  To register, call the library at 432-5062.


2010 Classes

The 2010 class schedule has been posted.  Please visit the Free Classes page for more information.

Webinar: Funding Trends in Arts and Culture

It looks like October is Funding for the Arts month at the Foundation Center, and I happen to know that a lot of you are involved in the arts.  Why not attend the Funding Trends in Arts and Culture webinar and see what you can learn?  Experts in the arts and culture field will discuss funding trends, you can attend from your own office, and it is free.

The Foundation Center webinars use Microsoft Office Live Meeting software.  There is a link on the registration page to download it, along with some basic instructions.  The software is very easy to install and use (don’t be scared away!), but if you have any questions or problems, feel free to call (432 5062) or email me for help { katebfpl at gmail dot com }.

The Big Picture: A National Teleconference with Two Nonprofit Sector Leaders

via Philanthropy Front and Center – Cleveland

National Teleconference
Turning Crisis Into Opportunity:
A Conversation With Two Nonprofit Sector Leaders
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern Time

“Please join us as Bradford K. Smith, president of the Foundation Center, and Robert G. Ottenhoff, president and chief executive officer of GuideStar, jointly address one of the most critical issues in the nonprofit sector today: the impact of the economic crisis on nonprofit organizations and on the foundations that support their work.”

Proposal Writing Basics Class Registration

There are seven spaces left for the July 10 Proposal Writing Basics class.   Have you registered yet?

Schedule Update – Rescheduled Session

The session that was scheduled for Friday, March 13 was canceled.  My apologies to all who registered, but fear not! This session has been rescheduled for Friday, April 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

There are still spaces available for the session.  If you would like to register, please call the library at 814-432-5062, or send an email to .  If you registered for the March session, you do not need to re-register. Session

Yesterday I sent out this Press Release for our upcoming session.


Interactive Session at the Franklin Public Library

FRANKLIN, PA –  March 5, 2009 – The Grant Resource Center at the Franklin Public Library is hosting a unique, interactive session on March 13, 2009, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The session will be held at the Franklin Public Library.  Participants will learn how to search for grant opportunities using, which includes information from 26 federal grant-making agencies.  Participants will also learn about the key components of the application process, including registration. This session will be conducted by a representative, who will be available to answer any questions, and Kate Burgdorfer, the coordinator for the Grant Resource Center.
This free presentation is open to any nonprofit employee or volunteer who would like to pursue federal government grants.  This session is not for those seeking personal financial assistance, since these types of opportunities are not found on the site.  Pre-registration is required.  To register, call the Franklin Public Library at 432-5062, stop by in person, or e-mail your name and phone number to
The complete class schedule for the Grant Resource Center is available online at


Kate Burgdorfer, Grant Center Coordinator
Grant Resource Center at the Franklin Public Library
(814) 432-5062


Let me know if you’d like to sign up.  Right now the our resources are mostly focused on foundation funders, and so I’m excited to learn more about government funding and the database of funding opportunities.