Impromptu COVID-19 Fundraising "Holidays"

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COVID-19 is turning our calendars upside down, and is creating or exacerbating acute needs in every community. With these realities in mind, several of the nation’s largest grassroots giving initiatives are pivoting to orchestrate giving campaigns over the next month. Opportunities for your Friends to consider:

Not the least of these is Giving Tuesday. For nearly a decade, this self-described “global generosity movement” has offered a platform and tools to empower charities across the world to raise needed funds. (Last year alone, participants raised a combined $2 billion globally.) Giving Tuesday customarily falls late in the year. In recognition of the urgent needs felt by the nonprofits who rely on this giving holiday the most, organizers have just announced a spring supplement called Giving Tuesday Now.

Mark your calendars now for Tuesday, May 5.

#GivingTuesdayNow is gearing up fast. A treasure trove of messaging, templates, and social media strategies are available FREE here. (Sign up for their e-newsletter to keep abreast of additional resources and promotional opportunities as these come online.)

Closer to home, GiveMN – orchestrators behind Give to the Max Day each November – are offering a similar opportunity. Dubbed #GiveAtHomeMN, this weeklong giving campaign will leverage GiveMN’s popular giving platforms to benefit our favorite charities in this time of unprecedented need. GiveMN will also donate proceeds from online processing fees back to participating nonprofits in the form of a rebate.

#GiveAtHomeMN is slated for May 1-8Bookmark their webpage to keep apprised of resources and other developments scheduled to become available in the next week.

Judge the Minnesota Author Project

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MNAuthorProject.pngFor the third year running, a coalition of Minnesota library administrative organizations is coming together to host the Minnesota Author Project. As the name suggests, this novel program (pun intended) recognizes the quality work of first-time authors eager to find a wider audience. Only self- or indie-published materials, and only ebooks by Minnesota authors, are eligible for consideration.

Winners in several categories each receive $1,000, a full-page print spread in Library Journal, and inclusion in Indie Minnesota – a digital collection of local authors available from BiblioBoard Library. Entries are due at the end of May.

Organizers are looking for about a dozen more volunteer judges to evaluate submitted books. Each volunteer can expect to appraise approximately ten submissions between May and August. Judges will receive a webinar training on the user-friendly BiblioBoard e-book platform. Interested in learning more? Please fill out this GoogleDoc at an early convenience.

“Attend” the Minnesota Book Awards

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mnba.pngMinnesota boasts one of the oldest and most robust statewide literary programs in America. Now in its 32nd year, the Minnesota Book Awards were slated to take place at The Ordway on Tuesday, April 28. COVID-19 put an end to those plans, but the announcement celebrations will continue – and are more approachable than ever.

Organizers at the Minnesota Center for the Book (part of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library) will host festivities online starting at 7 p.m. on the 28th. Click here for information on the livestream, which is made possible through a partnership with SPNN studios. Note: Advance registration is requested.

As always, winners will be announced in not one but nine competitive categories: Children’s Literature, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir & Creative Nonfiction, Middle Grade, Minnesota Nonfiction, Novel and Short Story, Poetry, and Young Adult.