CASW launches 2023 giving season challenge

Donations to CASW’s Sharon Begley Award will enable a $20,000 award to John D. Sutter’s multi-decade BASELINE documentary project, which will look at climate change through the experience of individuals growing up on the front lines. Here, Sutter (left) accepts the award from CASW President Robin Lloyd in October 2023. (Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado)

This campaign has now ended. Thanks to all who contributed! To donate to CASW, just click the DONATE button on the menu bar.

Today the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing is launching its year-end giving campaign. All donations made through December 31 will be fully matched by gifts from CASW board members — up to a total of $5,000.

CASW’s programs in support of excellence in science journalism are funded entirely through individual and philanthropic contributions. Individual donations go directly into fellowships, awards, and activities to develop new programs to respond to the challenging and evolving environment in which journalists do their essential work.

The Council relies on donors to provide support for journalists creating the accurate, independent science journalism needed for an informed public. This year CASW helped 7 science writing fellows attend graduate school, including a new fellowship that supports a student interested in covering the physical sciences; provided travel funding and mentorship enabling 10 science communication trainees and 4 early-career journalists to attend the annual ScienceWriters meeting; trained 9 journalists in statistics; sent 1 early-career journalist on an independent reporting trip to Antarctica; and funded an enterprise project by 1 recent graduate. In total, CASW gave $93,800 in grants and other direct support to science journalists.

CASW and our partners also supported 12 early-career SHERF fellows and 200+ international journalists attending a Chilean symposium through the international SPARK grants program. We reached some 650 science writers with our New Horizons in Science and additional programming at the ScienceWriters2023 conference.

CASW also provides continuing education, resources, and networking opportunities for science reporters, including the annual New Horizons in Science program at the ScienceWriters conference and the new resource library Connector, launched in 2023. In 2022, CASW spent 82 percent of its funds directly on programs.  CASW is able to provide all of its resources to the science writing community free of charge, thanks to the continued support of generous donors.

If you’d like to contribute to a designated CASW fund, you may use the donation form at Both unrestricted and restricted gifts will be matched during this challenge.

Checks may be mailed to:

CASW | PO B0x 17337 | Seattle, WA 98127

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing is a 501(c)(3) charity, EIN 13-1953314, and your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.