CONTACT: MONIQUE DICARLO
Women's Resource and Action Center
130 North Madison St.
Iowa City IA 52242
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
"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
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.