MALF Member Survey - Last Chance!

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Heartfelt thanks to the dozens of you who have taken time to fill out MALF’s online questionnaire. Your input has exceeded our expectations – both in terms of the sheer number of responses, and the frank, usable feedback we will be able to tap as our Board of Directors charts MALF’s future.

In light of this positive response, we are extending the survey window. You now have until Friday, November 15 to tell us: “How can we help you help your library?” (On average, respondents to date have taken 8-12 minutes on the questionnaire, so the time commitment is a modest one.) Click here to take part!

The Loft Offering 'Bring the Loft to You' Class Series

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We never tire of stories about Friends providing financial or organizational support to host programs – particularly programs that their library would not be able to offer without private support. In that spirit, we are excited to share word about The Loft Literary Center’s new traveling class circuit. Bring the Loft to You features more than 70 customizable programming opportunities. These range in focus and flavor from memoir writing and breaking into the publishing world, to blogging or writing compelling college essays.

Qualified instructors are eager to bring The Loft’s nationally reputed curricula to libraries, schools, workplaces and other venues beyond the Twin Cities. Visit their website to learn more, and to seek a quote. Price structures begin at just $250 per contract hour.

Giving Tuesday 2019 Is Fast Approaching

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November and December are a crucial time for any nonprofit’s fundraising efforts. According to one recent estimate, 30 percent of all charitable gifts are made in December alone.

Unfortunately, the corollary to this statistic is that nonprofits must compete with one another for notice and donor dollars during this key window. As an alternative (or supplement to) next week’s competitive Give to the Max Day – and in an effort to beat the glut of year-end communications your donors will doubtless receive from other organizations – consider Giving Tuesday.

Brainchild of the United Nations Foundation, Giving Tuesday falls the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, and is intended as a charitable counterweight to the commercialism of Black Friday. Since its inception in 2012, nonprofit fundraising on this day has ballooned from < $20 million to upwards of $400 million.

Now a standalone organization with leadership support from the Gates Foundation, Giving Tuesday offers nonprofits of all types a valuable toolkit, communications templates, and other tips for making the most of this giving “holiday.”  

Last year, dozens of Friends of the Library groups – from Jacksonville, Florida to Lansing, Michigan, to Redding, California – got in on the action. There is still time to make plans before the eighth annual Giving Tuesday on Tuesday, December 3. You can
 click here to learn more!