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Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415

The Foundation Center Hosts Funding for Education Month

Foundation Giving for Higher, Graduate, and Professional
Educational Institutions Totaled Nearly $7.3 Billion in 2002

New York, NY, October 1, 2003—The Foundation Center is hosting Funding for Education Month in October, featuring a variety of events and educational programs at its five library/learning centers, customized Web content, and special offers. Aimed at students and parents seeking scholarship information, educational institutions looking for funding, and nonprofit organizations supporting education in their communities, the activities and resources offered by the Center will include information on the best ways to secure funding, the latest giving trends in education, and networking opportunities for grantseekers. The full spectrum of education month activities is accessible through a special area of the Center's Web site at:

"In light of shrinking resources, we're seeing an increase in the number of individuals and institutional fundraisers who are seeking funding for education," said JuWon Choi, director of educational services at the Center. "Funding for Education Month is a means of addressing the needs of these audiences in unique ways that include many opportunities for both grantseekers and grantmakers to come together to learn, and to share ideas."

Special Events and Training Programs

At each of the Center's locations—in New York, Atlanta, Cleveland, San Francisco, and Washington, DC—a wide range of programs offer grantseekers the opportunity to meet and interact with local funders, technical assistance providers, and other experts in the field. Free training classes such as "Finding Foundation Support for your Education" and "Guide to Resources at the Foundation Center's Web Site for Nonprofit Organizations with Educational Programs" are some of the educational programs offered. Other program highlights include:

  • In New York on October 23, a "Meet the Successful Grantseeker" program will feature Arthur Tannenbaum, founder and president, EVERYBODY WINS!, and Lori Cary from Goldman, Sachs & Co. Attendees will learn how a successful nonprofit turned a great idea into a national reading and mentoring program with major corporate partners.

  • In Atlanta on October 8, a "Meet the Grantmakers" program on Corporate Funding for Education will feature panelists Mary D. Boehm, president, BellSouth Foundation, and Symone McClain, community relations manager/Atlanta, Nordson Corporation.

  • In Cleveland, October 10 will be North Eastern Ohio Education Association (NEOEA) Day at the Foundation Center, a complete day of training, including several Foundation Center educational classes and a brown bag lunch.

  • In San Francisco, "An Afternoon for Scholarship Seekers" on October 18 will offer several programs, including "Funding Your Future: Scholarships and Financial Aid Opportunities" with panelists Ellen Cunningham, Chela Financial; Mario Deanda, Hispanic Scholarship Fund; Geof Lambert, Rotary International; and Carrie Steele-Salazar, University of California at San Francisco.

  • In Washington, DC, a "Dialogue with Donors" program on October 17 will feature conversations with education funders: Eric Grant, Washington Post Company; Charles Hiteshaw, Public Education Partnership Fund; Lydia Miles, Kimsey Foundation; and Chris Shearer, National Geographic Society Education Foundation.

Funding for Education Month on the Web

The Center's special Focus on Education Funding Web page at is designed to quickly guide audiences to a wide range of events, rich Web content, and publications relating to Funding for Education Month. On October 1 the Center launched Education Funding Watch, an electronic newsletter featuring education-related news, requests for proposals, job listings, and more. Available free of charge to registered visitors of the Center's Web site who specify education as their area of interest, the newsletter will be published weekly during October. In addition, students, parents, and educators can sign up during the month for one week of free access to Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, the Center's searchable database of more than 5,600 foundation programs that award grants to students and other individual grantseekers. Another special Web offer gives grantseekers the opportunity to save 10% on any of the Center's popular full-day training courses when they register online. Update on Funding for Higher and Graduate Educational Institutions, the Center's new report on the latest trends in foundation giving in this area, may be downloaded free of charge in the Researching Philanthropy section of its Web site.

Also on the Web, a special education funding issue of Philanthropy News Digest (PND), the Web's premier source for current news on philanthropy, will feature an extensive collection of stories and links. Each weekly issue of PND in October will include education-related content, such as interviews with newsmakers in education, book and Web site reviews, and "Spotlights" on successful nonprofits, among other features. PND is accessible online at the Center's Web site: and as an e-mail edition that is delivered free each week to over 50,000 subscribers.

Foundation Center Locations

Details on local programming and Web content are accessible from individual library home pages listed below:
New York: 79 Fifth Avenue, Second floor;
Atlanta: 50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 150,
Cleveland: 1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1600,
San Francisco: 312 Sutter Street, Suite 606,
Washington, DC: 1627 K Street, NW, Third floor,


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.

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