BLINC - Visualizing Funding for Librares

While there is a long history of philanthropic funding for libraries in the United States, most public libraries rely on government funding for financial support. Local funding accounts for nearly 85 percent of public library funding, and state funding has decreased nearly 43 percent over the past decade. Philanthropic funding is an opportunity for libraries to fill gaps and continue to innovate on the services they are providing their communities.

The data tool will allow users to search and see funding sources at the national, state and local levels and answer key questions about regional funding trends. Data visualizations such as maps, network connections and partnership pathways will highlight key networks of funders and recipients as well as individual grants. Foundation Center will also deliver grant-seeking training, in-person and online, to build libraries’ capacity to effectively tap new funding sources.

Foundation Center’s Visualizing Funding for Libraries won the Knight Foundation’s News Challenge on Libraries competition in 2016. The goal of the project is to help libraries find funding opportunities, increase understanding of funding sources, and track funding trends through a data visualization tool and capacity-building training.

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Librarian, Carolinas Foundation Center
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Librarian with over a decade of award winning experience serving social sector, especially nonprofit private foundation grant research, as well as 20 years of experience with business research. Special interest in business analysis with respect to performance metrics and Balanced Scorecard. Expertise in both F2F and virtual reference.

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Arnetta C. Girardeau is the Business and Nonprofit Librarian at the Greensboro Public Library in Greensboro, North Carolina.  She connects  entrepreneurs and nonprofits to information.  She provides one-on-one counseling;  provides instruction in business databases; and coordinates relevant programs on current business and nonprofit topics.  She teaches a monthly workshop on using the Foundation Directory Online for nonprofit grant-seeking.

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Presentation (60 minutes)