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College offers US study trip on philanthropy

College offers US study trip on philanthropy

Boston College’s Centre for Irish Programmes in the USA is offering 14 places on a week-long study visit to the United States on the topic of ‘Philanthropy and Community Development.’

The all expenses paid study trip will take place at Boston College and Phoenix, Arizona in January 2011 and is open to individuals in who are decision-makers in grantmaking bodies, micro-financing organisations, community development bodies and relevant government bodies from , north and south.

Study visits will examine private philanthropy, endowment management, board membership and emerging areas of under-funding.

The programme is funded by the Centre for Irish Programmes and the US State Department and costs such as travel, tuition and the majority of meals are covered.

First interviews will take place on 19 October in Belfast and 20 October in Dublin.

The deadline for applications is 8 October 2010.

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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