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Women's Resource and Action Center
130 N. Madison
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-1486

Release: Immediate

Fundraising workshop to be offered by UI Women's Center Oct. 26

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People who work with social service or social justice organizations can benefit from a day-long workshop offered by the Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) Social Change Training Program at the University of Iowa. "The Nuts and Bolts of Fundraising" will be Monday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Lucas-Dodge Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. There is a $50 fee to attend the workshop that is designed for reluctant or inexperienced fund-raisers who may be volunteers, professional staff, boards of directors or other individuals that work with a social service or social justice organization.

Progressive social change depends upon these people having the skills to access financial resources, says Monique DiCarlo, director of the Women's Center. The seminar will cover the basic principles of fundraising, raising money by mail, finding major donors, one-on-one solicitation, and fundraising management and record-keeping. DiCarlo notes that 85 percent of all charitable funds come from individual donors, not from foundations or corporations.

Leading the workshop will be Andy Robinson, author of "Grassroots Grants: An Activists Guide to Proposal Writing." Robinson is a professional fundraiser and trainer from Tucson, Ariz. who has worked with a variety of social change organizations as a grant writer, fundraiser, editor, and community organizer, raising more than $4 million in grants and donations. He is a columnist for NonProfit Times and Grassroots Fundraising Journal. His new book, "Selling Social Change: How to Earn Money from Your Mission," will be published next year.

For registration and information, contact the Women's Center at (319) 335-1486.

The WRAC Social Change Training Program provides seminars that support the development of activists and activism, especially feminist activism.