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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Nikki Ortolani
(212) 807-2492

The Foundation Center Announces Spring 2003
Training Courses

New York, NY, January 17, 2003: The Foundation Center's Educational Services Department has announced its spring 2003 training schedule featuring a wide range of full-day training courses designed to help grantseekers succeed. This year the Center is introducing a new course for beginners—Foundation Fundraising: An Introductory Course—which will be held in its New York location as well as in its four field offices in San Francisco, Atlanta, Cleveland and Washington, D.C. The Center will also continue its popular series of Proposal Budgeting Workshops, Securing Your Organization's Future: Developing a Fundraising Plan courses, and Proposal Writing Seminars. Grantseekers looking for hands-on computer training to conduct funding research can take advantage of Grantseeking on the Web Hands-on Introductory Course, Funding Research with FC Search, and Finding Funding Prospects with the Foundation Directory Online.

New Foundation Fundraising Course for Beginners

Those who are new to the fundraising process will especially benefit from the Center's newest offering, Foundation Fundraising: An Introductory Course. This workshop is designed to help new grantseekers ready their organizations to seek funds from foundations. Through a series of presentations, case studies, and group exercises, attendees will be introduced to the world of foundations and receive instruction on how to identify prospective funding prospects. As JuWon Choi, director of educational services at the center, explains, "In this increasingly challenging fundraising environment there is a growing need for beginners to lay the necessary groundwork before seeking funds. This new workshop will help novice grantseekers gain a firmer understanding of how foundations operate and what key elements they expect to see in place in the organizations that they fund. It will also teach participants how to conduct research to find suitable funding prospects."

Proposal Budgeting and Fundraising Planning Courses

The Proposal Budgeting Workshop offers fundraisers with limited budgeting experience the opportunity to learn more about the role of a budget in a proposal, whether for special project support or general operating support. Participants will learn how to create a detailed budget through practical exercises and case studies in budget preparation.

Securing Your Organization's Future: Developing a Fundraising Plan is designed to help nonprofit professionals identify the many avenues available for ensuring the long-term financial viability of their organization. Attendees learn how to evaluate their organizations' current financial situation and develop a comprehensive funding plan that includes a variety of sources from individuals to institutions.

Proposal Writing Seminar Series Expands to New Locations

The anchor of the Center's training programs is its Proposal Writing Seminar series, which has trained some 25,000 nonprofit professionals since it was launched twelve years ago. Offered in eleven cities, the series is expanding this spring to two new locations in Pittsburgh, PA and Hampton, VA. These information-packed seminars instruct new grantseekers and more experienced fundraisers on how to construct proposals designed to capture and sustain a funder's attention. Guidelines on how to organize a grant proposal package, how to structure a complex proposal, the appropriate level of detail to include in a budget, and what to write in a cover letter are among the important nuts and bolts that participants gain from these in-depth presentations.

Hands-on Computer Courses Teach Crucial Funding Research Skills

The Foundation Center's hands-on computer courses are held in state-of-the-art computer labs in a small group setting for optimal learning. Grant researchers can attend Grantseeking on the Web Hands-on Introductory Training Courses to learn how to maximize use of the Internet for their funding research. Participants develop an organized, focused approach to funding research on the Web by visiting key sites for leads on corporate, foundation, government and individual donor funding. Attendees are also introduced to the essential e-newsletters, discussion lists and interactive tools geared to nonprofits.

For grantseekers who wish to learn how to create the most efficient and effective foundation and grant search strategies, Funding Research with FC Search: The Foundation Center's Database on CD-ROM offers hands-on training taught by staff experts. Participants may choose from the Basic or Advanced courses, or attend both days to become an expert on such topics as: what is in the FC Search database, how to set up searches and customize results, how to print and save, and how to create more sophisticated strategies using Boolean searching and text searching.

The Foundation Center also offers Finding Funding Prospects with The Foundation Directory Online, an interactive training course taught by staff specialists who provide a guided tour of the Center's foundation and grants databases on the Web. Advanced search features and techniques are explored and participants work on case studies to apply their skills.

Registration Information

The registration fee for the new Foundation Fundraising: An Introductory Course is $125 per person. All other course fees are $195 per person for each full-day session. FC Search course attendees can save $65 by registering for the Basic/Advanced Combo courses at the discounted rate of $325. Proposal Writing Seminar attendees can save $25 for each additional registrant from the same organization. For a complete schedule, including locations, see attached. To register or for more information, visit the Center's Web site at www.foundationcenter.org/marketplace or call 1-800-424-9836.

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Foundation Center's
Spring 2003 Training Schedule

Foundation Fundraising: An Introductory Course

New York, NY—February 6 or May 13, The Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Ave., 2nd Fl.
Atlanta, GA—May 9, The Foundation Center, 50 Hurt Plaza, 10th Fl.
Washington, D.C.— May 15, The Foundation Center, 1627 K St., NW, 3rd Fl.
Cleveland, OH—May 21, The Foundation Center, 1422 Euclid Ave., 12th Fl.
San Francisco, CA—May 30, The Foundation Center, 312 Sutter St., Ste. 606

The Foundation Center's Proposal Budgeting Workshop
New York, NY—February 12, March 13, April 15, May 29 or July 18, The Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Ave., 2nd Fl.
Boston, MA—March 6, The Boston Foundation, 75 Arlington St., 10th Fl.
Washington, D.C.—March 19 or May 9, Washington Council of Agencies, 1666 K St., NW, Ste. 440
San Francisco, CA—April 1 or June 12, The Foundation Center, 312 Sutter St., 2nd Fl.
Atlanta, GA—April 3, The Foundation Center, 50 Hurt Plaza, 10th Fl.
Cleveland, OH—May 2, The Foundation Center, 1422 Euclid Ave., 12th Fl.

Securing Your Organization's Future: Developing a Fundraising Plan
San Francisco, CA—March 3, SPUR, 312 Sutter St., Ste. 500 or May 9, The Foundation Center, 312 Sutter St., 2nd Fl.
New York, NY—March 20 or May 30, The Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Ave., 2nd Fl.
Washington, D.C.—April 10, Washington Council of Agencies, 1666 K St., NW, Ste. 440
Atlanta, GA—May 2, Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland St.
Cleveland, OH—June 9, The Foundation Center, 1422 Euclid Ave., 12th Fl.

The Foundation Center's Proposal Writing Seminar
New York, NY—February 11, March 12, March 28, April 14, May 5, May 21, June 5, June 17 or July 17, The Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Ave., 2nd Fl.
Boston, MA—March 5, Omni Parker House, 60 School St.
Washington, D.C.—March 18 or May 20, American Society of Association Executive Conference Center, 1575 I St., NW
Pittsburgh, PA—April 2, Wyndham Garden Hotel, University Pl., 3454 Forbes Ave
Chicago, IL—April 15, DePaul Univ., DePaul Center, Room 8005, 1 East Jackson Blvd.
Cleveland, OH—May 1, The Forum, One Cleveland Center, 1375 East 9th St.
Hampton, VA—May 16, Hampton Public Library, 4207 Victoria Blvd., Room A/B
Denver, CO—May 29, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, 6901 Wadsworth Blvd.
Seattle, WA—June 4, Washington State Convention & Trade Center, 800 Convention Pl.
San Francisco, CA—June 6, San Francisco State Univ., Downtown Ctr., 425 Market St.

Grantseeking on the Web Hands-on Introductory Training Course
New York, NY—March 21, April 30 or June 13, The Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Avenue (at 16th St.), 2nd Fl.
Cleveland, OH—March 27, The Foundation Center, 1422 Euclid Ave., Ste. 1600
San Francisco, CA—March 31 or June 2, The Foundation Center, 312 Sutter St., Ste. 606
Washington, D.C.—April 2, May 8 or June 11, The Foundation Center, 1627 K St., NW
Atlanta, GA—June 13, The Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland St.

Funding Research with FC Search: Basic & Advanced Training Courses*
San Francisco, CA— April 30/May 1 (Basic/Advanced), The Foundation Center, 312 Sutter St., Ste. 606
New York, NY—May 14/15 (Basic/Advanced), The Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Ave., 2nd Fl.
Atlanta, GA—May 21/22 (Basic/Advanced), The Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland St.
Washington, D.C.—May 29/30 (Basic/Advanced), The Foundation Center, 1627 K St., NW

*Basic and Advanced Courses may be taken separately.

Finding Funding Prospects with the Foundation Directory Online
New York, NY—March 5, April 11, May 22 or July 16, The Foundation Center, 79 Fifth Ave., 2nd Fl.
Washington, D.C.—March 14 or May 19, The Foundation Center, 1627 K St., NW
San Francisco, CA—March 17 or May 19, The Foundation Center, 312 Sutter St., Ste. 606
Cleveland, OH—May 12, The Foundation Center, 1422 Euclid Ave., Ste. 1600
Atlanta, GA—June 6, Loudermilk Center, 40 Courtland St.

Check-in for all courses is 8:30—9:00 a.m. Courses are held from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

For complete course descriptions and fees, go to www.foundationcenter.org/marketplace

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