CASW's operations and programs are funded by contributions from foundations, corporations and individuals, university sponsorship of the annual New Horizons in Science briefing and earned income from its investment portfolio.
Avenues of support include: sustaining memberships and grants. Donations from sustaining members are unrestricted and serve to underwrite operating costs, current programming and the development of new initiatives to meet emerging challenges, Grants are directed at specific projects based on proposals that originate with CASW, not with funders.
Contributions may also be made by way of two special funds recently established by CASW:
- the Barbara K. Trevett Fund for the Future, a vehicle designed primarily to facilitate individual giving. The fund recognizes its namesake for her strong advocacy on behalf of CASW as well as the science writing community in general during her three-plus decades as a medical and science public affairs specialist for non-profit institutions
- the Patrusky Fund, created in 2013 in honor of Ben Patrusky, CASW Executive Director from 1988 to 2013. The fund supports the Patrusky Lecture at New Horizons in Science and enables CASW to launch additional programs that enable CASW to work in a spirit of innovation and response to the needs and issues of the changing world of science communication.
As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, CASW files Form 990 annually with the IRS. The form, which provides a full account of CASW finances and support base, is available for public viewing at www.guidestar.org.
Contributions should be sent to CASW, P.O. Box 910, Hedgesville, WV 25427. Individuals may contibute online via PayPal or credit card by clicking on the "Donate" button below. Please note that donations made through PayPal will appear on credit-card bills as "PayPal Diane." Diane McGurgan will provide acknowledgements of all gifts.
Current contributors include:
- American Association for the Advancement of Science
- American Chemical Society
- Brinson Foundation
- CASW Board
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- Johnson & Johnson
With science and technology playing an ever-increasing role in our daily lives, there is little doubt that the public's dependence on clear, accurate, honest, agenda-free science reporting will only continue to grow. As will, as a consequence, its reliance on organizations such as CASW to help produce and maintain the cadre of highly trained science writers required to meet that burgeoning need.
We ask any and all institutions and individuals who subscribe to these tenets to join with us in our efforts to confront this vitally important challenge -- and at the same time help us navigate our way through today's economic roil.
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