Bringing in the Money: How Friends and Foundations Can Find Funding & Grants

I. Applying for ALA Grants
Thurs., April 13, 2-3 p.m. Eastern

Learn about ALA’s Public Programs Office and its grant opportunities, including the "Great Stories Club: "Imagining Tomorrow: Building Inclusive Futures" and the Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. Learn tips for applying, how to write a compelling proposal, best practices, and more. 


Samantha Oakley is a project director of the American Library Association’s Public Programs Office where she leads and develops national projects to help support programming in libraries of all types. In her time with the Public Programs Office, she has led multiple initiatives including Libraries Transforming Communities, Let’s Talk About It, Media Literacy Education in Libraries for Adult Audiences, and more. Samantha has a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a Masters in Gender and Women’s Studies from Minnesota State University – Mankato, and a Bachelors in English from Western Illinois University. 

BeeBee Browne
Program Officer
ALA Public Programs Office

II. Tell Your Library Friends or Foundation Story Using Your Candid (Gold Star) Profile
Wed., April 19, 2-3 p.m. Eastern

Did you know your Friends of the Library group and/or library Foundation can reach millions of funders through its profile on Candid (formerly Foundation Center/GuideStar)? This webinar, presented by Claire Lutz of the Regional Foundation Center of the Free Library of Philadelphia, will demonstrate how to navigate Candid and update your profile, and show how Candid can support and amplify your fundraising efforts. In addition, participants will learn how to “Go for the Gold” by earning a 2023 Gold Seal of Transparency and gain access to one free year of Foundation Directory Essential.


Claire Lutz is a librarian at the Regional Foundation Center of the Free Library of Philadelphia. She joined the Free Library in 2022 after working in the nonprofit sector for ten years. She earned her BA from Bard College and her MLIS from Drexel University.

Register for this two-part series