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Philanthropy Expert to Visit Caribbean

The Caribbean will welcome
one of the world’s leading authorities on philanthropic fundraising when Dr. Lilya
Wagner of Counterpart International visits the Dominican Republic next week.Dr. Lilya Wagner, Counterpart’s Vice President for Philanthropy, will deliver a
course on fundraising for local non-governmental organizations, foundations,
potential donors, civil society organizations and academia at the global
headquarters of the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (FUNGLODE),
which was set up by the nation’s president, Dr. Leonel Fernández.

FUNGLODE is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting
collaboration between organizations in the United States and the Dominican Republic
to study, research, enhance public understanding, design public policies, devise
strategies, offer capacity building assistance and foster exchange in areas crucial
for the social, economic and democratic development of the Dominican Republic, the
Caribbean and Latin America.

The course, on Monday, July 25th 2005, will provide participants with essential
skills to plan and implement fundraising strategies for their own organizations, be
they in the public or private sector.

Dr. Wagner, former associate director for public service and director of the Women’s
Philanthropy Institute at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, will
also address seminar participants on the topic of “Global Perspectives and U.S.
Practices,” with an emphasis on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

“I look forward to providing a global perspective on how philanthropy works and
fundraising perspectives that are internationally adaptable,” said Dr. Wagner from
her Washington, D.C. office this week. “I am pleased to be able to take information
I’ve shared in many countries about fundraising principles that are adaptable across
borders to one of Counterpart’s collegial organizations.”