MALF Is Bringing Its FREE Summer Workshop to a Community Near You! Join Us for...

"Strengthening Your Organization:
Creating Tables That Fuel Relevancy and Impact"

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Friends of the Library groups large and small often suffer from a handful of common problems: dwindling and aging membership, mediocre fundraising success, and perhaps most pernicious of all, mission creep.

wa1-5801_1.jpegYou should take some amount of solace in the knowledge that these issues are not unique to you. Indeed, they are not unique to Friends. In today’s nonprofit landscape, 501c3’s of all types and stripes experience these same stressors.

Long-time nonprofits coach and consultant Sandy Anderson knows this better than most. “We’re living in a time when charities are expected to do more with less,” she explains. Some degree of burnout may be inevitable – especially if the core group of people doing your organization’s ‘heavy lifting’ is relatively small.

But assuming that a fresh infusion of donors and volunteers is not forthcoming, where does that leave us? Explains Anderson: “In short, we need to shift the conversation from doing more with less, to doing what’s relevant.”

Naturally, this pivot is easier said than done, but it is most certainly attainable.

With this in mind, MALF cordially invites you and your Friends colleagues to join Sandy Anderson this summer for a hands-on workshop: “Strengthening Your Organization: Creating 'Tables' That Fuel Relevancy and Impact.” We’re bringing this free, engaging session to Duluth (August 28), Saint Michael (August 29), and Northfield (August 30). Registration opens Monday, July 9.

minnesotablank.pngDuluth Public Library
Tuesday, August 28

520 W. Superior St., Duluth, MN, 55802

St. Michael Public Library
Wednesday, August 29
11800 Town Center Dr., St. Michael, MN, 55376

Northfield Public Library
Thursday, August 30  

210 Washington St., Northfield, MN, 55057

“In addition to the keynote, attendees will participate in small group roundtables, plus have a chance to share their thoughts and experiences during an hour-long idea exchange session – a MALF workshop staple, and one of participants’ best opportunities all year round to network and share with Friends from across Minnesota.

"Strengthening Your Organization: Creating Tables That Fuel Relevancy and Impact" is FREE to attend, and it is not necessary for you to be a member of MALF or any Library Friends organization to do so. A complimentary lunch will be provided at each location. Pre-registration is required, to ensure the appropriate number of lunches and informational packets. Register between Monday, July 9 and Friday, August 17.


Note: To enjoy a complimentary meal at your session, you must register at least one full week prior to your workshop. Fill out and submit the form below. Only the fields marked by an * are required, but information in the additional fields is helpful and appreciated. Fields labeled QUESTION 1 and QUESTION 2 are included at the behest of speaker Sandy Anderson. Please give them serious consideration between now and August 28-30, even if you cannot provide a response at time of registration.

You will receive a confirmation email after submitting your reservation request, and a subsequent reminder as the date draws near. If you are registering on behalf of a party, please submit a separate form for EACH attendee. 

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