The Regional Foundation Library Joins the Office of Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement
Dec. 5, 2007
AUSTIN, Texas — The Regional Foundation Library has left the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health's sponsorship to join the Office of Thematic Initiatives and Community Engagement in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement (DDCE) at The University of Texas at Austin.
"We are honored that the Regional Foundation Library is now part of our division and we are certain it will continue to be an excellent community resource to those seeking grants and special funding," said Dr. Gregory J. Vincent, vice president for diversity and community engagement.
DDCE Associate Vice President Edmund T. Gordon has assumed administrative responsibility for the Regional Foundation Library. However, it will maintain its location in the Hogg Foundation's offices until a new site within the division is identified.
"During the transition, the library will continue to offer its highly acclaimed services to the community as usual," said Dr. Gordon.
The library and its staff, Allison Supancic and Ellen Moutos-Lee, serve as a bridge between the grantseeking and the grantmaking communities. For more than 45 years, the library has served individuals and organizations in need of educational or special project funding. Its patrons include representatives of nonprofit programs and services, educational groups, charitable organizations, faith-based programs and individuals.
"We wish the Regional Foundation Library much continued success in its new home," said Hogg Foundation Executive Director Dr. King Davis. "Through its excellent work, the library will no doubt contribute greatly to the DDCE's community engagement mission."
The library opened in 1962. It was introduced by Dr. Robert L. Sutherland, the first president of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, a grantmaking and operating foundation that is an administrative unit within the DDCE. In keeping with its original commitment to make information accessible to all, the library is open to everyone, free of charge.
The Regional Foundation Library contains core publications from The Foundation Center as well as other major materials in fund development, grants and nonprofit management. It provides a full range of print materials and a growing number of electronic resources. Because of the availability of electronic information on state and federal grants opportunities, it emphasizes private sector funding options and information (for example, private foundations and corporate foundation/direct giving programs).
Vincent noted that although its holdings are wide-ranging, the value of the library is much more than its collections. It is known throughout the Austin community and beyond for the outstanding personalized services Supancic and Moutos-Lee provide to grantseekers.
The staff provides technical assistance to individuals and organizations on new nonprofit formation, recommendations, board development and strategic planning, and offer workshops and presentations to community groups off-site.