WRITING FOR NONPROFITS: A Wealth of Work


WRITING FOR NONPROFITS: A Wealth of Work

Monday, June 30, 2008

The world of nonprofits offers a variety of writing opportunities. Independent Writers of Southern California (IWOSC) has assembled panelists who write grants, direct mail, publications, and PR. They’ll discuss the challenges faced working either as a freelancer or on staff.

NOTE: Our Bylaws dictate that a list of Board candidates is presented to the membership at the June meeting. Nominations from the floor will also be accepted at that time since we are still looking to fill a few slots. Members can also participate on a smaller scale, lending a hand for parties or at event reservation check-in. Nominating committee information will appear in the June e-newsletter.

The Panelists:

STEVE KIRK is a resourceful communications professional and editor. Kirk has experience in healthcare, telecommunications, and nonprofit environments.  Experienced in internal and external communications management, publications and video production, and media relations, he currently is employed with City of Hope as a publications and video manager, and oversees production of the medical center’s flagship publication.

KAREN ROSA has been the director of the Film & TV Unit at American Humane since 1992. The organization monitors the safety of animal actors on film sets. Throughout the years, she has worked as an on-set safety representative and in pre-production outreach, production scheduling, and as the head of the Communications/Post Production department.

When CHERYL POSNER‘s position as a proposal writer for a government contractor was eliminated after September 11, she decided to explore grant writing for nonprofit organizations. In mid 2002, she was hired as a grant writer with a nonprofit human services organization in northern Wisconsin. Since January 2007, she is the only full-time staff member at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, in Orange, Calif., with responsibility for program development and implementation, fundraising, community relations and PR, and website development.

NOEL DE LEON started at City of Hope (COH) as assistant director of Direct Response in 1989. He has been involved with annual giving and direct marketing; served as the physician relations director, working with the Communications Department; handled events and clinical marketing requirements with COH physicians; coordinated physician-related events such as the monthly community lectures and the annual cancer survivor day. Currently, he is the director of Annual Giving, supervising direct mail.

ELIZABETH ALLEN is the assistant director of communications of the Caltech Alumni Association in Pasadena, Calif. She directs strategies for online and print communications for Caltech alumni worldwide. Allen has served on the faculty of several Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) district and national conferences. She is a recipient of the CASE Faculty Star Award.

Moderator DEBBI SWANSON PATRICK has extensive experience in corporate and nonprofit communications, entertainment and nonprofit public relations, photography and advertising. As an award-winning writer and editor, she is part of IWOSC’s Professional Development Committee and organized the June slate of programs.