GIFT Center Events & Workshops

Grants for Lunch

Grants for Lunch is a brown-bag series for University of Arizona audiences featuring topics related to private grant seeking and fundraising, engaging expert speakers from around campus as well as the larger community. The Grants for Lunch series began in 2007 and they are held about three times per year, each averaging 70 participants consisting of University administrators, program staff, development staff, and faculty. These series are free, and don’t forget to bring your lunch!

To browse through previous Grants for Lunch podcasts and slides, check out our Grants for Lunch Archive. For questions or to RSVP for the next Grants for Lunch event, contact

The Case for Support Writing Workshops

Our hour and a half long Case for Support Writing Workshops focus on the case for support and how to write it in-depth. They discuss how to identify audiences, make message/content decisions, write emotional appeals, create urgency, and much more. The workshop will review the case for support document, its components, and its use. They are also opportunities to share particular cases, giving everyone a chance to discuss points of improvement together. Workshops typically take place once a month in the “Swede” Johnson Building. Those without cases to discuss are also welcome to join!
For questions or to RSVP for the next Workshop, contact

Foundation Directory Online (FDO) Trainings

The GIFT Center facilitates Foundation Directory Online group trainings. FDO is an online resource designed to help nonprofits find grantmakers and potential funding opportunities. Since the directory’s accessibility has broadened to University of Arizona Staff, Faculty, and Students via the University of Arizona Libraries database, we conduct these trainings in groups to encourage independent research from on and off campus. Faculty and staff can bring their laptops, collaborate, and kick-start their own FDO research with assistance from the GIFT Center.
For questions or to RSVP for the next FDO Training, contact