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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

CONTACT:
Maggie Morth
Communications Manager
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2415
mor@foundationcenter.org

JuWon Choi
Vice President for Educational Services
The Foundation Center
(212) 807-2413
jwc@foundationcenter.org

Verizon Foundation Sponsors Foundation Center Scholarship Program

Free Proposal Writing Training Available to Small Nonprofits

New York, NY — November 1, 2007. Scholarships to attend Foundation Center proposal writing courses are available now through May 2008 for under-resourced nonprofits working in the areas of literacy and domestic violence. Sponsored by the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, this initiative aims to assist small, community-based organizations in building their internal capacity to seek financial support from foundations, corporations, or other institutional grantmakers.

Eligible organizations must have IRS 501(c)(3) status and a total organizational operating budget under $1,000,000. Preference will be given to nonprofit organizations working in the areas of literacy and domestic violence. Courses available are the Center's Proposal Writing Seminar, full-day training that helps novice grantseekers gain the proposal writing experience needed to secure grants from foundations and corporate sources, and Proposal Writing: The Comprehensive Course, a self-paced, interactive online course that provides thorough, step-by-step instruction.

"Providing under-resourced nonprofits with targeted resources and assistance is an important goal of the Foundation Center," said JuWon Choi, the Center's vice president for educational services. "Through our regional scholarship programs, we have been able to subsidize our full-day courses for nonprofits in California, Ohio, Washington, DC, and the Southeast that otherwise couldn't afford them. We are delighted that, thanks to the unique Verizon Foundation scholarship program, this same opportunity is now available to under-resourced nonprofits nationwide."

"Working to improve literacy and support programs that aid in the prevention of domestic violence reach to the heart of the Verizon Foundation's mission," said Verizon Foundation president Patrick Gaston. "We're proud to partner with the Foundation Center on this creative scholarship program to open another avenue to help valuable community-based organizations gain the resources they need to better serve their clients."

For more information, visit the Foundation Center's web site.

About the Foundation Center
Established in 1956, and today supported by more than 600 foundations, the Foundation Center is the nation's leading authority on philanthropy, connecting nonprofits and the grantmakers supporting them to tools they can use and information they can trust. The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance philanthropy at every level. The Center's web site receives more than 47,000 visits each day, and thousands of people gain access to free resources in the Center's five regional library/learning centers and its national network of more than 340 Cooperating Collections. For more information, please visit foundationcenter.org or call (212) 620-4230.

About the Verizon Foundation
The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, is committed to improving literacy and K-12 education through its signature program Thinkfinity.org; fostering awareness and prevention of domestic violence; and promoting the use of technology in health-care delivery. In 2006, the foundation awarded more than $69 million in grants to nonprofit agencies in the United States and abroad. The foundation also matched charitable donations from Verizon employees and retirees, resulting in $29 million in combined contributions. Under the foundation's Verizon Volunteer initiative, one of the nation's largest employee-volunteer programs, company employees and retirees have also contributed nearly 3 million hours of community service since Verizon's inception in 2000. For more information on the foundation, visit www.verizon.com/foundation.

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