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September 30, 2005
CONTACT: David L. Gray
Director, Communications & Public Information
1-800-952-7403, x208

Fundraising Workshop to be Held

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is presenting a fundraising workshop called "Basic Steps For Successful Fundraising" on Saturday, November 5, 2005 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Devens Common Center (formerly the site of Ft. Devens). Everyone is invited to attend.

Speaker: Rick Blain, Richard R. Blain & Associates, Consultant in Philanthropy

Through a combination of lecture, discussion, and role-playing participants will explore what motivates people to give, and how to effectively solicit support through personal (face-to-face) solicitation. The workshop will address common fears about asking for money, and will answer such questions as:
Who should solicit whom and when?
What do I say during the solicitation call/visit?
What if they don't say yes?

The workshop is free, however, registration is required. Coffee/pastries will be available. Please register by email to

From I-495 take Exit 29B, Rte 2 West
From Rte 2 West, take Exit 37B, Jackson Road Devens
Follow Jackson Road approximately 2 miles
SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Devens Common Center will be on your right.

The Board of Library Commissioners ( is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.

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