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March 24, 2008

PLCMC Foundation Center Cooperating Collection

Monthly Class Schedule 
through August 2008



April 18, 2007

One Less Step for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Grant Applicants

Mecklenburg County has completed a federal Assurance of Compliance form, indicating compliance with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Civil Rights Act legislation and related anti-discrimination provisions.

If you apply for a federal DHHS grant in future, you do not need to repeat this process, but simply reference Mecklenburg County's compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and related requirements as of February 2007 and May 17, 2005.


November 7, 2006

The Duke Endowment Moves Resource Library to Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County. Access to Collection Will Improve

Since 1984, The Duke Endowment has hosted the Foundation Center's Cooperating Collection, a resource library providing grant seekers (both county departments and nonprofits) with a wide array of resources, from information about fundraising and volunteerism to a database of grant making foundations. Now the Collection has a new home – the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC).

The main reason for the move is access, says Gene Cochrane, President of The Duke Endowment: "The Library has longer operating hours and is more accessible to the public..."  Director of Libraries Charles Brown is "…honored to be the new host of the Collection. Partnerships such as this one with the Foundation Center and the Duke Endowment work together to enhance the Library's service, visibility and public usage."

The beauty of the Foundation Center's database is that "it is easy to use, fast, flexible and current", according to Sharon Kugelmass, Mecklenburg County's grants development coordinator. A long-time user of the system, Kugelmass maintains that it has helped the County raise several millions of dollars in foundation funding to leverage and sustain worthwhile programs, such as the Child Dependency Mediation and Child Development-Community Policing programs, among others. 

Here is how the system works. You can run key word, topic, and/or geographic searches on it just as you would on Google. Within seconds, a list of grant making foundations or grant recipients comes up, based on your search criteria. You can then link to the specific entry for grant application information. 

As of November 1, you can find the Collection's resources on the second floor of the Main Library, 310 North Tryon Street. The reference librarians will direct you and show you how to use the database. For more information, contact the Main Library at 704-336-2725 or Charity Perkins, Director of Communications, The Duke Endowment, (704) 969-2100 or


October 6, 2006

Mecklenburg County Receives Granty Award

Mecklenburg County received eCivis' 2006 Granty Award for "Excellence in Partnering for Grant Success" on October 6. Sharon Kugelmass accepted the award on behalf of the Mecklenburg County Finance Department for supporting eCivis' Grants Locator software package by providing access for County departments and non-profit agencies, promoting the software and offering opportunities for training and collaboration. The award was presented at eCivis' first Regional "Grant Insight" Event, which was held at Freedom Park's Mahlon Adams Pavilion.

Dr. KugelmassThe all day "crash course for local governments", including training sessions on winning grant strategies and post-award performance and management, was sponsored by the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners, North Carolina League of Municipalities and The Innovation Group.

As part of the day's activities, Dr. Kugelmass led a discussion of successful public-non-profit partnerships, highlighting her experience with the Grants Locator. With nearly 300 users, evenly split between County departments and community non-profits, Mecklenburg County has one of the largest and most active user groups in the country. The photo shows Dr. Kugelmass with her "Granty".

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