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501(c)3, 501(c)4 and More! Which Not-for-Profit Organization Gives You the Most Bang for Your Advocacy Buck?
Saturday, June 25, 2022  |  9:00am – 10:00am  |  Location: Washington Convention Center, 140B

A panel of experts clarify the differences among the various nonprofits as well as the requirements, the benefits and the drawbacks of each, using examples from the library world.

Ask the Experts: Friends of Libraries
Saturday, June 25, 2022  |  2:30pm – 3:30pm  |  Location: Washington Convention Center, 149A-B

A panel of experts will address common issues that arise between friends’ groups and library administration and boards of trustees and how to solve them. Themes will include difference in roles and responsibilities, memorandums of understanding, and effective communication. Panelists will present two in-depth scenarios, provide tips and best practices, and answer questions from attendees. During a "lightning round" session, speakers will field questions from the audience. Suggested resources for the presented in-depth scenarios.

Friends, Foundation and Finds-Partnerships for Building a Future
Saturday, June 25, 2022  |  4:00pm – 5:00pm  |  Location: Washington Convention Center, 143B

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library has been fortunate enough to have a well-established Friends of the Library and newly formed Foundation to support their library and achieve a common goal, the building and opening of a Makerspace. This presentation will discuss how libraries can have Friends and Foundations co-exist to maximize fund raising and revenue generation to support future innovation.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words: A Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming an Inclusive Workplace by Deanna Singh
Sunday, June 26, 2022  |  9:00am – 10:00am  |  Location: Washington Convention Center, 149A-B

After our national reckoning on racial injustice, many companies found themselves searching in vain for guidance on how to translate ideology into action—not just writing checks, but doing the hard work of creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplaces. Actions Speak Louder offers a blueprint for leaders and teams ready to look at their surroundings with new eyes, get out of their own way, and turn their energy into a concrete plan.

Renowned leadership and DEI consultant Deanna Singh has led diversity trainings for a wide range of organizations, from non-profits to Fortune 500 companies. Using her unique “use your privilege, check yourself, and build a bridge” methodology, Singh shares exercises, strategies, and step-by-step instructions for:

  • Gaining buy-in from stakeholders at all levels of your company for DEI initiatives
  • Designing and implementing inclusive policies, from writing job advertisements to conducting performance reviews
  • Training your DEI trainers--who are too often thrust into their roles with little instruction or clarity about their decision rights--to audit your "racial climate" and hold you accountable in the future

Transformational Capital Campaigns: Maverick Approaches that Lead to Organization-Changing Projects
Sunday, June 26, 2022  |  9:00am – 10:00am  |  Location: Washington Convention Center, 146A

Public libraries large and small are conducting successful capital campaigns, even in contentious times and environments. Diverse examples of how panel libraries developed successful capital campaigns will spark your community’s interest in and serve as supplemental funding for building and expansion projects. Is a formal and expensive feasibility study truly necessary? How involved is the Director in the campaign? Tap into your institution’s potential to turn residents and businesses alike into Library investors.

How to Create an Engaging & Successful Virtual Friends Event
Sunday, June 26, 2022  |  1:00pm – 2:00pm  |  Location: Washington Convention Center, 146B

Virtual live events are events that are completely hosted and run online with the potential for attendees to view or participate from anywhere in the world. A virtual live event is a great fundraising and outreach strategy for Friends groups. In this workshop we discuss what you need to turn a live event into a virtual event and most importantly raise money for your library. Including:

  • How to set clear fundraising goals
  • Determining whether the event is a friendraiser or fundraiser
  • Best ways to promote your virtual event
  • How to create a show run to make your event run seamlessly
  • Creative ways to engage your audience


United for Libraries President's Program
Sunday, June 26, 2022  |   11:00am – 12:00pm  |  Location: Washington Convention Center, 149A-B

With the national rise in censorship, what do library Trustees, Friends of the Library groups, library Foundations, and those who work with those groups need to know about preparing for future trends? Join 2021-2022 United for Libraries President Charity Tyler, executive director of the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library Foundation, as she discusses the fight for intellectual freedom with Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation, and Megan Cusick, deputy director, state advocacy, ALA’s Public Policy & Advocacy Office. Attendees will learn about what groups are behind current censorship efforts, how to advocate for intellectual freedom in libraries and communities, the Unite Against Book Bans initiative, and what to expect in the coming year.


Diversity in Library Boards, Friends Groups, and Foundations: Successes and Struggles in Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Members
Monday, June 27, 2022  |  10:30am – 11:30am  |  Location: Washington Convention Center, 147A

Library boards, Friends groups, and Foundations have sought to recruit and retain diverse members, still some groups undoubtedly struggle. As a part of the 2022 ALA Emerging Leaders, we examine case studies, stories, and real-life examples of equity, diversity, and inclusion in library boards, friend groups, and foundations and how they are building and sustaining diverse memberships within their groups. Working with United for Libraries, our ultimate goal is to provide information and resources that will support Library Directors, Boards, Foundations, and Friends Groups in achieving this diversity, while at the same time highlighting some common struggles and success.


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