This course will take participants through an intensive introduction and show you how to perform community needs analysis; help you discover how to develop and align strategies with identified needs; demonstrate how you can identify and build relationships with potential community partners and local/national granting agencies that can offer support to your vision; and show you how to use fundraising as a way to engage your community with your organizational mission while building resources for continued success.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify public and private funders for library facilities, services and grants;
  2. Analyze resources, programs, publications, and trends regarding available external funding;
  3. Produce a brief proposal for support of a service activity;
  4. Identify the major elements of any grant application and be able to understand how those elements are interconnected;
  5. Produce a needs statement to support a desired potential grant support activity;
  6. Identify who in the participant’s community are potential stakeholders in any fundraising or grant activity; and
  7. Analyze how various fundraising and grant opportunities can be interrelated to produce overall results.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who is interested in learning about fundraising and grants, particularly for your library and/or community


The course instructor, Jason Kovac, Ph.D., has over 16 years of public sector experience, including leadership roles in public libraries, academic libraries, and community colleges. Jason currently serves as Dean of Academic Foundations at Linn-Benton Community College (OR), where he builds programs that engage at-risk populations for training in high-growth, high-wage career fields. As an invited speaker and author, Jason has contributed scholarship on topics including innovation, grant writing and fund raising, globalization and contemporary pedagogy, and green building. Jason’s academic credentials include degrees in English literature, photography, library science, and a doctorate in educational administration from The University of Texas.  



$350 for ALA members

$400 for non-ALA members

How to Register


For more details about this course or to register, visit the HRDR course offerings website.

Tech Requirements

Reliable Internet connection; Java-enabled web browser; PDF Reader; IBM Compatible PC with at least 400 MB RAM with Windows XP/7 or above or Macintosh with OS8 or above; 128 MB RAM; sound card with speakers and/or earphones; color monitor with at least 800×600 resolution. Contact: Pamela Akins,


Pamela Akins, ALA Community Engagement Specialist,