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Hartford Public Library offers unique resources and engaging learning opportunities for nonprofits aimed at capacity building and fundraising.

The Library maintains a core collection of continuously updated materials in multiple formats that address the specific needs of local nonprofit, grassroots and faith-based organizations.

Hartford Public Library is also a proud member of Candid's network of libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers providing database access and support to local nonprofits.

Our nonprofit workshops are conducted by expert consultants in their fields, local leaders, and attorneys and many are tailored to the specific needs of nonprofit managers, staff, board members and other key stakeholders.

We provide tools, resources and information that will help nonprofit organizations fulfill the missions of their organizations.


Wednesday, September 27, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Presenter: Roosevelt Smith, Roosevelt Smith Consulting
This 90-minute interactive workshop will introduce participants to the concept of a “nonprofit business model” and walk you through the steps in creating one for your organization.  We will learn what a business model is; what components make it up; and practice with a tool that will help you create one to support and sustain your organization's mission and impact.

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Wednesday, October 18, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Presenter: Brenda Calderón
Nonprofit leaders new to grant writing will learn best practices for writing successful grant applications. This workshop will cover tips on how to find grant opportunities, the basics of developing a standard application that you can modify for different foundations, and pointers on how to make your application stand out.

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Wednesday, November 8, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Presenter: Mae Maloney, Leadership Greater Hartford
Newly appointed nonprofit board members or serving board members that have never received formal board training will learn about the ten basic responsibilities of nonprofit boards as well as the duties of individual board members, relationship between board and staff, and common issues facing nonprofit boards.

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Wednesday, December 6, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Presenter: Karen Graham,

Is your nonprofit stable, secure, and poised for growth when it comes to technology? In this virtual workshop for small and emerging nonprofit organizations, you will learn to move from an ad-hoc approach to a more deliberate one that supports productivity, collaboration, and risk reduction. We will share lots of practical tips, alert you to common mistakes to avoid, and share resources for further assistance.

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All workshops are offered at no cost to participants through a partnership between the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and Hartford Public Library.

If you have any questions, please email

Nonprofit Resources in the Greater Hartford Area