Posts Tagged ‘funding’

Sponsors of the Fairfield Volunteer Center

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Each year we apply for numerous grants and conduct several fundraisers to cover our operating budget.  We are currently in the 2nd year of funding from the Volunteer Generation Fund, which covers a large portion of our budget.  We are also grateful to have received funding from the City of Fairfield in the form of LOST funds (Local Sales Option Tax), the Greater Jefferson County Foundation, Alliant Energy’s Community Betterment Grants, and many of you!  We continue to seek out other opportunities to compete for grants and/or to partner with others throughout Fairfield for the betterment of our entire community.  With much appreciation…

Introduction to Fundraising Planning-Class Sept. 12 1-2pm

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

On Wednesday, September 12 from 1-2 pm the Fairfield Public Library will host a live webinar on Introduction to Fundraising Planning.  This class is great for local non-profits, people in the fundraising world and anyone else.

If you’ve never created a financial planning road map for your organization, here is a great place to start!  Invite your board of directors and your fundraising committee so that you can all be on the same page!

Learn a basic planning process for diversifying your organization’s support.

A successful nonprofit organization has diversified funding streams. If your organization has never developed a fundraising plan or calendar, this session is for you. It provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You’ll learn how to:

  • Take stock of your organization’s strengths and assets
  • Develop a case statement
  • Set fundraising goals
  • Identify funding partners
  • Prepare a fundraising plan and calendar


  • Fundraising Planning
  • Foundation Fundraising
  • Individual Donors
  • Government Funding
  • Earned Income

Sign up for this free class by calling or stopping into the Library- 641.472.6551.  Space is limited.

As always, we love to hear your ideas on further class topics.  Please be in touch!

Free Classes for Grant Seekers

Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Free Workshops for Grant Seekers

The Fairfield Public Library will host two free workshops for those who seek funding for nonprofit organizations:  Saturday, May 12, 1:30-3:30pm.  Sessions will be led by Kief Schladweiler, Coordinator of Cooperating Collections from the Foundation Center in New York (  Mr. Schladweiler will visit Fairfield to highlight electronic and print resources that are freely available at the library.

Introduction to Finding Funders

The 1:30pm workshop will introduce the Foundation Center’s comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional, which is freely available via public computers and personal laptops inside the library.  Learn how to create customized searches, and develop targeted lists of foundations to match your nonprofit’s funding needs.  Use Power Search to conduct research in nine databases at once:  Grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and PubHub reports.

Proposal Writing Basics

During the second workshop, learn the key components of submitting a proposal to a foundation.  For those new to proposal writing, the class will cover:

  • How your proposal fits into an overall grantseeking process
  • What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
  • Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger
  • What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments
  • Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals

About the Instructor

Kief Schladweiler has been the Foundation Center’s Coordinator of Cooperating Collections since 2005.  In prior years, he served as the Center’s online librarian. He joined the Foundation Center in 1999 after working as a reference librarian for The New York Public Library. He received his M.A. in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Register in Advance

Space is limited.  To reserve a spot please stop by the front desk of the library, or call 472-6551 and indicate whether you wish to attend one or both workshops.  Your admission ticket is your current Fairfield Public Library card.  To avoid a line, please have your account updated in advance.

Fairfield RSVP Projects Include “Senior Companion Friendly Visits Program” and “Home Weatherization Project”

Posted on Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The Fairfield Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) projects include two components: the “Senior Companion Friendly Visits Program” and the “Home Weatherization Project”

Senior Companion Friendly Visits Program
Seeking 60 recipients and 45 Senior Volunteers (55+) to spend a minimum of 1 hour per week assisting one or more socially isolated elderly and/or handicapped person(s).

This service will provide social engagement and minor non-medical assistance such as filling out forms, running errands, playing a game, accompanying to a local doctor appointment, or simply talking together.

RSVP Gets Involved – RSVP Changing Lives…Changing Fairfield!

Home Weatherization Project
Seeking 45 eligible recipient homes and 45 (55+) Senior Volunteers to provide basic weatherization to qualifying homes in Fairfield.
RSVP and the Iowa State University Extension along with Scott Timm have partnered to begin serving the Fairfield community by launching its first Home Weatherization Project on June 11, 2011!

The Fairfield RSVP is funded by a grant awarded from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to the Fairfield Volunteer Center.  The mission of the CNCS is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering.

The RSVP Home Weatherization Project offers eligible residents in need who are elderly and/or low income, and/or handicapped and residents of Fairfield who own their own home, basic low-cost home weatherization by installing weather-stripping on doors and window caulking.

RSVP is changes that make a difference for people today – right now!

For more information call The Fairfield Volunteer Center at 641-209-9045 or email JoBeth Lewer at

Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

Rummage Sale Successful Thanks to You!

Posted on Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Thanks to everyone for making the March 5th 2011 Rummage Sale a huge success!

People donated many wonderful items. Many volunteers donated their valuable time organizing, moving, pricing, selling, cleaning up, and delivering left-over items to Goodwill and the Bargain Box. Thank you everyone!

We raised $1,500 for the Fairfield Volunteer Center to offset our grant obligations.

Fairfield Volunteer Center History

Posted on Monday, February 14th, 2011
FVC - Fairfield Volunteer Center - For a Caring Community

Fairfield Volunteer Center - For a Caring Community

The Fairfield Volunteer Center (FVC) began as a Fairfield City Commission in 2006 aimed at helping to fulfill the goals of a city-wide strategic plan (Fairfield 2012 Community-Wide Strategic Plan). One of the goals of this plan was to strengthen Fairfield as a caring community, with the aims of strengthening and supporting our health, wellness, safety, and social services; meeting the needs of and expanding opportunities for our senior population; and providing opportunities to strengthen community connectedness.

The FVC has matured over the last several years and is now a 501.C.3 nonprofit corporation with a board of directors, executive committee, volunteerism committee, fundraising committee, and newly updated bylaws. The budget has grown from $3,000 when FVC was a city commission to $25.000 for the current calendar year. The FVC received an $18.000 SRI capacity-building grant this year, which allowed us to receive training in Volunteer Fundraising, etc., and provided funds for improved use of technology, better marketing, and computer equipment and software.


Job Opening: U.S. Sen. Harkin Announces More Than $30,000 for Fairfield Volunteer Center

Posted on Thursday, August 5th, 2010
Senator Tom Harkin

Sen. Tom Harkin

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) announced that $30,624 will be coming to the Fairfield Volunteer Center to establish a new Retired Senior Volunteer Project (RSVP) in Jefferson County. RSVP is a national program that engages Americans 55 and older in a range of volunteer activities that deliver valuable services to children and need, as well as vulnerable seniors. Currently there are 21 existing RSVP programs in Iowa.

“I am a firm believer that community involvement and volunteerism are an important part of any strong community and truly benefit everyone involved,” said Harkin.

Specifically, Fairfield Volunteer Center, Inc. will establish a new RSVP project for Jefferson County, Iowa. 45 RSVP volunteers will provide 60 socially isolated elderly and disabled individuals with services to help them continue to live independently. Another 45 volunteers will provide basic weatherization to dwellings of those who qualify for the program. Activities will include . .

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Source: Senator Tom Harkin Press Release

The FVC-sponsored RSVP program is expected to begin October 1. The FVC will be accepting applications and conducting interviews for a paid Director for the new RSVP program in September 2010.