Tuesday November 28, 2017 is #GivingTuesday! This is a global day of giving, always the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
Small Business Saturday.
There are SO many worthy charities to choose from for your holiday giving. If you want to support writers, storytelling, educational programs, and literacy, here are just a few literary nonprofits to consider—with a snapshot of what they’re about, in their own words!
We Need Diverse Books
About: We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature t...
I wrote this piece for my job with Fairfax Library Foundation, and I'm sharing it here because I think board service is important! Fairfax Library Foundation is looking to expand our Board of Directors at the Foundation. Here are the four main reasons professionals should consider board service (and with the library in particular!):
1. Maximize Your Impact in Your Community
The mission of Fairfax Library Foundation is to enhance Fairfax County Public Library. The county only contributes less than 1 cent per tax dollar to the 23-branch library system, but the library provides essential services to our community. The Library is the great equalizer in society—a place wher...
To help me in my job with Fairfax Library Foundation, I just finished visiting 22 branches of Fairfax County Public Library (the 23rd branch has been closed for renovation during my 10 months with the library system). I learned that Fairfax County is enormous and that each branch is a little different—as are the communities. Bottom line, I was impressed. Here are my major takeaways from my great library journey:
1. Libraries are busy
These are a few of the programs and services happening in our libraries that I learned about during my library visits:
Search your family tree, Pajama party for children ages 3-5, Civil War lecture, Pokémon Leagu...
I serve as the Director of Development for Fairfax Library Foundation—this means I raise money for the library system. I’m a fundraiser.
I didn’t start out my career hoping to be a fundraiser. I didn’t even think of it. But as I transitioned from theatre director to theatre administrator, I realized how important the fundraising piece is to the health of the organization. It’s the only thing that matters (well, besides the actual art or work or mission… but those things don’t happen without fundraising support. Money makes the world go ‘round, as they say).
So, I’ve had to teach myself the field of development as I go, as many of us do in our career paths. Below are fo...