FAQs about the PCNRC

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Questions? Ask here!


How do I register for events?

You can register for events using the Allen County Public Library’s events calendar. You can browse the events listed for each month. To sign up for an event, click on the event. This will lead you to the registration for that you complete. After completing the registration form you will receive a confirmation email.

Visit the Allen County Public Library’s Calendar

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What do I need to bring to events and programs?

You should bring a writing utensil, something to take notes on and possibly something to drink. During the event you will receive any handouts and such at that time. You should also bring your Allen County Public Library card so that your parking ticket can be validated and you will not be charged for parking.

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Where can I park and how much does it cost?

Parking is free for individuals with an Allen County public Library card. Make sure that you bring your library card along with your parking ticket in to be validated.

Get parking information HERE.

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How do I start a Nonprofit?

A great place to start is to come in and talk to us! We can provide information to help you decide and prepare. Let us guide you through the process with a consultation called “501(c)3; To Be or Not to Be.”

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How do I schedule a private consultation?

Sit down with our Coordinator who will help you sort out what’s next. If we can’t help, let us find out who can.

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Does PCNRC travel to give workshops?

Within Allen County, we will do workshops. Outside of Allen County, we can do workshops; however there may be a travel expense fee. If you’re interested in having a staff member do a workshop please contact us 30 days a head of time.

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Can I check the books out?

Books can be checked out from PCNRC. There are some books that have been marked with red dots and are not in circulation. You can also check out the book bags, or kits for adults that contain information on a particular topic.

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Where are you located?

We are located in the Allen County Public Library, in the Readers’ Services Department on the first floor. Our street address is 900 Library Plaza, Fort Wayne, IN 46801.

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Will you read or edit our funding proposal?

The PCNRC does not evaluate or proofread grant proposals for liability reasons.

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How many nonprofits are in Allen County?

There are approximately 3,200 nonprofit organizations which include hospitals, churches, foundations and charitable organizations. Because this number fluctuates it’s difficult to give a more accurate number of nonprofit organizations.

You can search Indiana nonprofits on the Center on Philanthropy’s Directory

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When is the PCNRC open?

The PCNRC is open anytime the Allen County Public Library is open; however, the desk is staffed  Monday through Friday between the hours of 9am and 5pm. If you’re in need of help after hours, the Readers’ Services’ desk is available to assist you. Also, the Foundation Directory Online is available during Main Library hours.

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How much do the PCNRC programs cost?

Our programs are always free to the public; However, there are times when PCNRC will partner up with another organization and there will be a fee to attend that event.

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How do I use your Resource Page?

Our resource page is full of nonprofit information! You can find our resource page at PCNRC.ORG. Once there you will find:

  • current news, job postings, new books, and other helpful information.
  • links to other nonprofit resource
  • our calendar of events and sign-up page for grant alerts and our monthly newsletter.
  • our Get on Board! project, including SpringBoard, and local nonprofit PSAs!

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How do I use the Allen County Public Library Catalog?

You can access the catalog, “Smart Cat” from the Allen County Public Library’s home page at: http://www.acpl.lib.in.us/. Once there, you can put in search terms in the box to see what books are available. You will also see different terms on the left hand side that could be used to narrow your results, or get a different list of resources. Need help? Check out the library’s “How to use Smart Cat” help page.

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