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

Release: Feb. 15, 2001

Women's Center offers workshop on working with major donors

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa will offer a one-day workshop for non-profit organizations on strategies and methods for identifying, cultivating and soliciting larger gifts from individuals. The workshop will be held on March 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Iowa Community Credit Union in Iowa City.

The trainer for the seminar will be Andy Robinson, who has worked with a variety of non-profits as a fundraiser, grant writer, editor and community organizer since1980. He has raised more than $4 million for grassroots organizations and written more than 150 successful grant proposals. Chardon Press published his book, "Grassroots Grants," in 1996. His new book, "Selling Social Change: How to Earn Money from Your Mission," will be out in 2001. Over the past five years, Andy has provided training and consulting in 32 states and Canada, including a seminar on the University of Iowa campus in October 1998.

"Some 84 percent of charitable funds given to non-profit groups come from individual donors, not foundations or corporations as so often is incorrectly understood," says Robinson. "It is critically important for non-profit groups, especially smaller ones, to learn how to cultivate gifts of all sizes, including larger gifts from individuals."

The seminar will focus on what motivates individuals' charitable giving, methods of identifying prospective donors, techniques for raising major gifts through the mail, strategies for fostering ongoing relationships with donors, and an opportunity to learn and practice skills for face-to-face solicitation of gifts.

The seminar is co-sponsored by the Iowa Women's Foundation. It's the next in a series called "Training for Social Change."

There is a $25.00 fee for the workshop; some scholarships are available. To register for the workshop, request childcare (by Feb. 23) or an accommodation to attend, call the Women's Resource and Action Center at (319) 335-1486.