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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

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Etta Jenkins
Communications Manager
212-807-2580

email: elj@foundationcenter.org
Web: www.foundationcenter.org





Janet Camarena
Director, The Foundation Center-San Francisco
415-397-0902 x100
email: jfc@foundationcenter.org
Web: www.foundationcenter.org/sanfrancisco/

The Foundation Center-San Francisco Distributes Spanish-Language Proposal Writing Guide in California

New York, NY. August 21, 2003—The Foundation Center is pleased to announce that, thanks to support from The James Irvine Foundation, it is distributing free copies of its first Spanish-language title, Guía para escribir propuestas (Guide to Proposal Writing), throughout the state of California. According to recent U.S. Census figures, Latinos are now the largest minority group in the country; and the Public Policy Institute of California reports that 44% of Latinos in the state are foreign-born. "Californians who learn English as a second language struggle when they are trying to understand new concepts in a language other than their native tongue," says Janet Camarena, director of the Foundation Center-San Francisco, who will be coordinating distribution of the book from the Center's library/learning center. "This resource will help address the very real barrier that exists for Spanish speakers who are engaged in fundraising for their communities."

Support from The James Irvine Foundation to distribute the Guía throughout the state ensures that the resource will reach those who can benefit most from the translation. "We are delighted to make this resource widely available as a practical way of addressing the need for increased accessibility and inclusiveness in the fields of philanthropy and fundraising," says James E. Canales, president and chief executive officer of The James Irvine Foundation. The Guía is a new translation of the Foundation Center's popular Guide to Proposal Writing, 3rd edition. Originally written by Jane C. Geever, a professional fundraiser who has been creating successful proposals for more than 30 years, the Guide delivers comprehensive instruction on both the basics and the finer points of this crucial skill for grantseekers.

The Center's initiative to distribute the Guía was launched last week at a special program at the Foundation Center-San Francisco, where a panel of grantmakers discussed the topic of "Funding for Latino Communities." The program, sponsored by The James Irvine Foundation, attracted more than 120 attendees, each of whom received a copy of the publication. Single copies of the Guía are available free of charge at the Foundation Center-San Francisco as well as at selected Foundation Center Cooperating Collections throughout the state. For more information, contact the Foundation Center-San Francisco at 415-397-0902 or visit its offices at 312 Sutter Street, Suite 606, San Francisco, CA 94108.

ABOUT THE FOUNDATION CENTER

The Foundation Center's mission is to support and improve philanthropy by promoting public understanding of the field and helping grantseekers succeed. To achieve its mission, it collects, organizes and communicates information on U.S. philanthropy; conducts and facilitates research on trends in the field; provides education and training on the grantseeking process; and ensures public access to information and services through its World Wide Web site, print and electronic publications, five library/learning centers, and a national network of Cooperating Collections. Founded in 1956, the Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy and is dedicated to serving grantseekers, grantmakers, researchers, policymakers, the media and the general public. For more information about the Foundation Center, please visit: www.foundationcenter.org/. To learn more about the Foundation Center-San Francisco, visit: www.foundationcenter.org/sanfrancisco/.

ABOUT THE JAMES IRVINE FOUNDATION

The mission of The James Irvine Foundation is to expand opportunity for the people of California to participate in a vibrant, successful and inclusive society. The foundation was established in 1937 by James Irvine, the California pioneer whose 110,000-acre ranch in Southern California was among the largest privately owned land holdings in the state. With assets of $1.2 billion, the foundation expects to make grants of $51 million in 2003 for the people of California. For more information on the foundation, please visit www.irvine.org/.

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