Kellogg Foundation Shares Your Dedication To Childhood Literacy

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Posted by jim under Grants, Opportunities

In many communities, the public library plays an active, vital role promoting childhood literacy – particularly when school is out for the summer, and for preschool aged children. If your Friends group is attached to such a library, you may be eligible to seek special grant assistance from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


The Kellogg Foundation exists to support childhood education and community engagement, among several other core objectives.  In 2014 alone, the organization committed $350 million to qualified grant seekers.

A wide variety of education programs and community initiatives are eligible for Foundation support. Note, however, that  funds are not generally awarded to assist with endowments, development campaigns, research studies, or conferences. Grants will also not be given to support the operational costs of ongoing programs.

Applying is a multistep process, but taking the initial step to verify eligibility and determine Foundation interest is not hard. Click here to fill out the form. Be prepared to provide, in brief, the specific purpose for which you are seeing funding, what community needs you aim to solve, the demographic(s) you will most benefit, and how you will benchmark both progress and success.

Interested in the opportunity, but short on time this summer? Not to worry. There is no deadline. Applications for this one are accepted on an ongoing basis. Once you have submitted your materials, expect to hear back from the Kellogg Foundation within two months.

Announcing MALF's FREE September Workshop Series

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Due to space constraints at our metro area location, the Edina Community Library, the September 11 session will be capped at 35 attendees. Register to reserve your spot!

In cities and towns across the country, the public library stands as the enduring, seemingly unchanging heart of the community. But a closer looks shows that, in point of fact, libraries are constantly adapting to meet the evolving needs of their patron base. In order to stay relevant in this environment, Friends of the Library organizations must be prepared to realign their priorities and programs to match the library’s – in other words, to expand beyond their traditional comfort zone.

MALF’s fall 2015 workshop series, “Beyond Book Sales: The Future of Friends Fundraising,” shines a light on the all-important fundraising aspect of Friends work. What can we do, in this current landscape, to raise real funds for our library? How do we take those first steps in a new direction? And, circling back to our roots, what does the future hold in store for the tried-and-true used book sale?

Stu_2-Portrait.jpgIn September, library consultant and former Friends executive Stu Wilson will lead three half-day sessions covering these questions and more. Each will include an hour-long keynote, during which Wilson will brief attendees on: fundraising fundamentals; book sale trends; libraries’ increasing need for private support; changing community needs and volunteer demographics; and, effective social media tools. There will be ample opportunities for audience Q&A.

Every session will also include an hour-long idea exchange session – a MALF workshop staple, and one of attendees’ best opportunities all year round to network and share with Friends from across Minnesota.  In addition, our local co-hosts in Aitkin, Edina and Marshall will provide guided library tours at each site.

Everyone is invited to sign up for a free workshop. It is not necessary to be a member of MALF or any Library Friends organization to attend. All participants will receive free lunch or dinner (see session site run time).

About Stu. Workshop moderator and keynote presenter Stu Wilson is a lead consultant and project coordinator with the St. Paul-based Library Strategies Consulting Group. His specialty areas include strategic planning, board development, advocacy, and of course, fundraising. Wilson’s career experience includes productive terms as both Executive Director of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library and Vice-President of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library. He is also the founder of Fitzgerald in Saint Paul, a nonprofit celebrating the legacy of author F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Edina Public Library
5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN, 55436
Friday, September 11, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Register by September 4
(Questions? Need Directions? 612-543-6328)

Aitkin Public Library 

110 1st Avenue NE, Aitkin, MN, 56431
Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Register by September 5
(Questions? Need Directions? 218-927-2339)

Marshall - Lyon County Public Library

201 C Street, Marshall, MN, 56258
Tuesday, September 15, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Register by September 8
(Questions? Need Directions? 507-537-7003)