Budgets, Funding & Fundraising

Budget in the Crosshairs? Navigating a Challenging Budget Year
This guide will help you prepare and plan for your library’s survival and growth during tough economic times.

Frontline Fundraising 
Library fundraising takes place every day and at all levels of complexity. This Frontline Fundraising Toolkit covers the basics of annual funds, memorials, and tributes, online giving and planned giving so you can design a fundraising effort that is perfectly suited to your library, your community and the resources of each.

Making Budget Presentations
Tools, examples, and perspectives to make presenting a library budget easier, and to help make your budget presentations more compelling.

Online Courses

Stretching Your Library’s E-Books Budget
What is the most effective way to spend your e-book budget? Should you focus on popular items or create a comprehensive collection? Should you join a consortium to increase your library’s buying power? How do you find one? Can you start one in your area? Join Kathy Petlewski, electronic resources librarian at the Plymouth District (Mich.) Library, to get answers to these questions and more. Kathy will share ideas and tips for you to consider when making decisions about how to spend your library's e-book budget. You’ll gain insights on how to spend your budget effectively, where to find free or less expensive e-books, and hear about the pros and cons of starting or joining a consortium. This archived webinar was originally presented April 24, 2012, as the second of four webinars in “Public Librarian’s Guide to E-Books: A PLA Webinar Series” (Spring 2012).

Trustee Academy: The Library's Budget (United for Libraries)
This course will cover understanding library funding, spending decisions, financial reports, and more.