New York, April 4, 2008-To help fundraisers and grantmakers meet the challenges of the expanding non-profit world, New York University’s George Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising will host an innovative one-day, all-day “Fundraising University” on Saturday, April 26, 2006. Co-sponsored by The New York Observer, this special course will take place at NYU’s Woolworth Center in the historic Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street, NYC.

The Heyman Center’s “Fundraising University” will first cover the basic principles of fundraising in the morning session and then, in afternoon breakout sessions, focus on the special needs and issues faced by higher education, health, political, visual arts, and performing arts fundraisers.

The keynote, “Fundraising in the 21st Century: Problems and Prospects,” given by Naomi Levine, chair and executive director of the Center, will examine the critical role of fundraisers in today’s nonprofit world. Levine, former senior vice president for external affairs at NYU and past national executive director of the American Jewish Congress,is chair of the boards of NYU’s Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life and the NYU Taub Center for Israel Studies

Speakers at the afternoon sessions include:

  • Tom Sokolowski, Director, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
  • Melissa A. Berman, President and CEO Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and
  • Dr. Neil Grabois, former president, Colgate University

Additionally, a special panel will address the challenges grantmakers face in “giving money away.”

  • WHEN: Saturday, April 26, 2008, from 10:00am-5:00pm
  • WHERE: Woolworth Building, 15 Barclay Street, New York, NY

Reporters interested in covering the event, please contact Christopher James at 212.998.6876 or via email

Cost for the day-long event is $150.00, which includes a buffet-style networking luncheon. To enroll, please follow this link:

“A University Education on Fundraising and Grantmaking in One Day”

Sponsored by New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising and the New York Observer

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Complete Program:

9:00-10:00 a.m. Coffee and Registration 10:00-10:15 a.m. Welcome: Dean Robert Lapiner

10:15-11:30 a.m. Fundraising in the 21st Century: Problems and Prospects Naomi Levine, Chair and Executive Director, Heyman Center

11:30-12:00 noon Questions

12:00-1:30 p.m. Buffet Luncheon

1:30-3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

Higher Education

  • Neil Grabois, Senior Research Fellow, NYU Heyman Center; former President, Colgate University; former Vice President and Director for Strategic Planning and Program Coordination, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Ann Marcus, Director, NYU Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy; former Dean, NYU Steinhardt School of Education


  • Mark Kalish, Consultant
  • Larry Siegel, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, United Way; former Executive Director of Development, NYU Medical Center
  • Stephanie Steele, Consultant

Foundation and Grantmaking: Giving Money Away

  • Melissa Berman, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors
  • Hildy Simmons, Consultant; former Managing Director and Head of the Global Foundations Group at J.P.Morgan Private Bank

Political Fundraising:

  • Lisa Hernandez Gioia, The Esler Group

Visual Arts

  • Pamela Butler, Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Lynn Gumpert , Director, NYU Grey Art Gallery
  • Tom Sokolowski, Director, Andy Warhol Museum

Performing Arts

  • Jane McIntosh, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  • L. Jay Oliva, NYU President Emeritus; Executive Producer, NYU Skirball Center for Performing Arts

3:30-4:30 p.m. Summary

4:30-5:00 p.m. Closing

About the Heyman Center NYU’s George H. Heyman, Jr., Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising, the nation’s preeminent educator of fundraisers and grantmakers, offers professional programs to help you gain a solid foundation in the field while building your own fundraising philosophy and framework through advanced study of the history and theory of the industry. Since its inception in 1999, the Heyman Center has educated more than 3,000 practitioners, executives, and volunteers ranging in age from 20 to 80, from hundreds of nonprofits, corporations, and foundations.

About the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies Founded in 1934, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) is among the 15 colleges and schools that comprise New York University, one of the largest private research universities in the United States. Through its faculty, curricula and vibrant professional and academic networks, NYU-SCPS captures the expertise of key sectors where New York leads globally: Real Estate and Construction Management (through the NYU Real Estate Institute); Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management (through the NYU Preston Robert Tisch Center); Philanthropy (through the NYU George H. Heyman Center); Design, Digital Arts, Film, Video and Broadcasting, Graphic Communications, and Publishing (through the Division of Media Industry Studies and Design); Business, Leadership and Human Capital Management, Integrated Marketing, Public Relations, Legal Studies, Finance, Taxation, Accounting, Management and Technology (through the Division of Programs in Business); Global Affairs; and the Liberal and Applied Arts, among others. Rigorous and timely programs in these and related areas attract full-time undergraduate and graduate students immersed in university life, working professionals in 14 graduate programs, motivated adults earning undergraduate degrees (through the Paul McGhee Division), and New Yorkers of all backgrounds enrolled in approximately 2,500 continuing education courses, certificate programs, conferences, and seminars annually.

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