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Proposal Writing Basics

Apr 6
Monday 9:00 am
Join us for a free workshop on grantseeking for nonprofit organizations led by Kief Schladweiler, Funding Information Network Services Specialist with the Foundation Center. Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. For those new to proposal writing, this workshop will include how the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process, what to include in a standard proposal, tips for making a proposal stronger, what funders expect to see in a proposal, and tips for communicating with funders during the grant process. Class size is limited, please pre-register.

Introduction to Finding Funders -- Foundation Directory Online

Mar 25
Wednesday 3:00 pm
Learn to find funders for your nonprofit with the Foundation Center's comprehensive funding research tool. This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center's comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization's funding needs. Class size is limited, please pre-register.

AViD Author Visit: John Stauffer

Jun 23
Tuesday 7:00 pm
Stauffer, a Des Moines native, is the author or editor of fifteen books and more than 100 articles, including two that have been national bestsellers: GIANTS: The Parallel Lives of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln and State of Jones, co-authored with Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins, soon to be a major motion picture directed by Gary Ross. His most recent book, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, co-authored with Benjamin Soskis, was a Lincoln Prize finalist.

AViD Author Visit: Marisa de los Santos

May 19
Tuesday 7:00 pm
Marisa de los Santos will visit Des Moines on book tour for her captivating new novel, The Precious One, a story of friendship, family, second chances, and the redemptive power of love. Told in alternating voices, the book is an unforgettable novel of family secrets, lost love, and dangerous obsession, a captivating tale with the deep characterization, piercing emotional resonance, and heartfelt insight that are the hallmarks of Marisa de los Santos’s beloved works.

AViD Author Visit: Robin Oliviera

Apr 20
Monday 7:00 pm
Selected as the 2015 All Iowa Reads title, My Name is Mary Sutter features Mary Sutter, a brilliant, headstrong midwife from Albany, New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine— and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak—Mary leaves home and travels to Washington, D.C. to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of William Stipp and James Blevens, Mary pursues her medical career in the desperately overwhelmed hospitals of the capital.


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