2011 ISLD Program Resource List

HJH Program Resources for International Library Projects

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  1. Just Give
  2. Guidestar
  3. San Juan del Sur Library website
  4. Libraries for All website – Resources page
  5. Facebook Project and personal pages
  6. Flickr
  7. Sparked
  8. VolunteerMatch
  9. My Emma – Email Marketing newsletter program
  10. Gilbert News for Non Profits
  11. Useful Links
  12. Potential Partnering Opportunities

Just Give www.justgive.org
This service allows donors to search for legitimate charities and donate on line. JustGive sends a monthly check with donor-supplied information,processes donations for NGOs, and serves as a database for donors to seek out nonprofits working in sectors they want to support.  Just Give hosts a donation page for the organization that is designed to look like a page on the NGO’s website.  This works well for small organizations that do not have the structure to process many donations.  Just Give charges 5% for every donation and assumes the responsibility for emitting the tax deductible letter.  They are linked to Guidestar’s database so an organization’s information on Guidestar is transferred automatically to its Just Give page.

Guidestar www.guidestar.org
This website provides information and backgroundon nonprofits to broad audiences.  If you want to research the history of an NGO’s status with the IRS, you can find their 990s posted on Guidestar.  It also serves as a tool for donors seeking to find an organization that works in their sector.  Guidestar can facilitate donations for NGOs too.

SJDS Website www.sjdsbiblioteca.org
The newly renovated website was created this year bya University of Maryland student on Word Press. Word Press is a free website capable of using Google translate to switch between languages and upload photos from Flickr directly to the site.

Libraries for All Website www.librariesforall.org
Ourmain website.  The Libraries in developing countries section provides the following resources:

Facebook www.facebook.com
Facebook pages allow organizations to connect with friends and supporters and let them know of activities and events. Many of us have shied away from a personal Facebook page but the ability to connect and “friend” many potential supporters and like-minded people is enormous and free.

Flickr www.flickr.com
There is a free option and the one that works best costs a small amount and allows unlimited photo uploads. It is an easy way to handle photos to show your projects and to allow several people to see and add photos.

Sparked www.sparked.com
A new approach to engaging volunteers Sparked is the world’s first entirely online volunteer network. Sparked is your place to get incredibly skilled and passionate workers for your next project with a minimum of fuss. From copywriting, to research, to graphic design. Best of all, it’s entirely free for nonprofits!

VolunteerMatch www.volunteermatch.org
A Google program VolunteerMatch attracts thousands of interested volunteers every day. They offer resources to get volunteer-seeking organizations started and help them make the most of the VolunteerMatch service. They say, “Let us help you find the volunteers you need.” It is a free service.

This same program also allows Google employees who offer time to your program to request matching funds both for monetary donations and time spent volunteering. It requires a lengthy but free application.

My Emma http://myemma.com
My Emma is an Email Marketing program that is a simple and affordable solution that allows your project to create email campaigns (newsletters) and more. It tracks responses and will opt out for you any one requesting not to be contacted. The price is low and the campaigns easy to create and track.

Gilbert News – online nonprofit newsletter is supported by donations with excellent guidelines and information for new non-profit organizations. Checkout their Cooperative  model for  Non Profits – Seamless Fundraising  articles.

Useful Links:

Add your material to the ISLD Site:http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/irrt/irrtcommittees/isld/isld.cfm

IRRT Free links: http://irrt.ala.org/wiki/index.php?title=IRRT_Free_Links_Project

The current issue of Colorado Libraries has been published on line and the focus of the current issue is global initiatives from the perspectives of Colorado Librarians (and colleagues): it has several articles about current ISLD member projects: http://www.coloradolibrariesjournal.org/?q=ejournal/show/1/_/3

Eduardo Baez, founder of Libros Para Ninos passed away in May of 2010. He was instrumental in the literacy movements all over Central America and was a passionate believer that reading is a fundamental factor in human development. He had been interviewed shortly before his death for Envio magazine in Nicaragua and the interview is available at www.envio.org.ni/articulo/2102 in both English and Spanish.

Potential Partnering Opportunities:
Service Clubs-Note: Most service clubs need monthly speakers and consider funding worthwhile programs.

  • Rotary Clubs work worldwide- seek out a local club and pursue getting matching funds from their districts to provide community services, books, computers, school repairs, etc. They will not fund operations or buildings but will fund most new projects. Consider helping to start a club in the area you are working with the nationals in that area.
  • Lions Clubs will do project fundraisers also worldwide. Check with family and neighbors for a Lions Club connection
  • Kiwanis Clubs are local service clubs but there is a Kiwanis International Global Program as well.
  • Partners of the Americas groups States that are aligned with certain counties. Check and see if there is a state already aligned with the country of your program and contact them for collaboration. Many states recruit cities that are willing to help with worthwhile projects in their partner country. In Nicaragua Wisconsin Nicaragua Partners of the Americas have 19 learning centers and in the past 6 years 16 of them have initiated lending library programs using our Library in a Box System.
  • Sister City Programs Many cities world-wide already have a sister city program going with a city in the United States. Do the research to see if the city you are working in already has a sister program at work and ask them for assistance and partnership.
  • Private Foundations need to donate 5% of their yearly income to maintain their IRS status. Most require a 501C3 status with 3 years of tax returns to be considered and like to consider projects that are similar in nature to their foundation’s goals.
  • Sister Library Programs/Friends Programs

Local businesses- Create or partner with small hotels like our bed and breakfast- Home stay providers, translation and language learning opportunities. A local Spanish School uses the library and mobile project to offer volunteer opportunities to students wanting study abroad language programs with a volunteer component.

Supporting programs with local businesses in developing counties allows for several mutual opportunities. They serve as training for nationals in areas where jobs and job training is scarce. Connects the project to the community in ways that support the community and provide funding for the project


IB Schools- International Baccalaureate Middle school through High school programs need worthy causes for their students to support to earn community service hours. They have a budget each year to do fundraising projects-Taco nights,  walk-a-thons, penny drives etc. to support literacy projects.

College Undergraduate Service Learning Programs-Boston’s Lasell College has a “Shoulder to Shoulder” program

Scandinavian Countries’ Embassies have outreach programs for Developing Nations programs

Search out like-minded organizations such as Black Colleges for African literacy programs, local Social clubs of the nationality of the target country.

Companies that specialize in finding and matching donors with projects- there are several and they all take a portion of the donations often up to 20%. They do the search but require you to provide the information and text. Since they approach donors that would generally not be accessible to the program, this can be considered “found” money and the cost reasonable.