Veteran fundraiser to teach Kickstarter-crowdfunding course at The Writing Institute

The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College is pleased to announce that veteran fundraiser and former SUNY New Paltz Filmmaking Professor Suzanne Grossberg is teaching a one-day course entitled Kickstarter-Crowdfunding Campaign Development: Writing and Branding for Maximum Results on Saturday, November 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The course will be held at SLC's Center for Continuing Education, located at 45 Wrexham Road in Bronxville.

In today’s competitive marketplace, Kickstarter and other crowdfunding Web-based platforms enable young artists, business entrepreneurs, inventors, and nonprofit do-gooders to raise funds needed to launch art projects, new businesses, product lines and critical philanthropic programs. In this four-hour course, students will review various crowdfunding Web sites and campaigns; analyze the effectiveness of each site's format and content; select an appropriate crowdfunding application; and develop, write, and brand their own projects for maximum fundraising results. Participants are required to bring their own laptops, iPads or tablets and brown bag lunches.

Ms. Grossberg has a 23-year successful history of raising millions of dollars for the arts, education, and research. She is currently president and CEO of her own consulting company and has helped numerous nonprofits with strategic planning, board recruitment, national fundraising and public relations campaign development, grants research and writing, and event planning and execution. Ms. Grossberg earned her MA in Creative Arts Interdisciplinary from San Francisco State University and her BS Magna Cum Laude in Communication Arts from SUNY New Paltz.  

"We are excited about offering artists and nonprofit professionals a better understanding of the various crowdfunding applications available and having such an accomplished fundraiser as Ms. Grossberg teach them best practices in developing, writing, and promoting projects for optimal results," said Director of the Center for Continuing Education David Donnelly. "This is the first time that the Writing Institute is offering a course that integrates fundraising with writing and technology, and we hope the community will respond positively."

The course registration fee is $100 per person. Those interested may register online.

For more information, contact Katrina Brown at (914) 395-2205 or  

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