Monday, May 19, 2003

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Seminar explores fund raising

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It will have a break-neck pace, but a two-hour seminar this month is sure to explore the many degrees of diversity in the Greater Cincinnati fund-raising community.

Organized by the local chapter of the National Association of Fundraising Professionals, the session will look at diversity myths and facts, barriers to building relationships and create awareness about the diverse environments where members raise money.

The May 28 meeting at 11:30 a.m. at the Montgomery Inn Gregory Center, 300 Pete Rose Way, will offer attendees plenty of insight into the ever-changing nature of fund raising in the region.

"The focus is to first of all increase the diversity of our own membership, and the second thrust is to increase a fund-raiser's ability to communicate effectively with their constituency as they go out to raise money," said Julia Montier-Ball, AFP diversity committee chairwoman.

Call 556-0314 for more information.

Older unemployed

Better educated, older workers - because of their experience - might seem to be candidates who are safe from unemployment, but they are the ones most likely to be without a job longer than six months.

A new report from the National Employment Law Project and Economic Policy Institute indicates that about one in three long-term unemployed workers in 2002 were 45 years old or older.

Also, 44 percent of long-term unemployed workers were educated beyond the four years of high school compared with the 40 percent of total unemployed.

"The message from the report is the long-term unemployment cuts across all categories but it is especially hitting professionals, college graduates the hardest," said Maurice Emsellem, policy director for the National Employment Law Project, a nonprofit research and advocacy group financed primarily philanthropic foundations.

"Mid-career workers in previous recessions, saw something similar but now we are finding that younger college graduates are having a difficult time getting back into the labor market. That's different."

And what that means is that once an educated professional loses his job, it is going to be much harder for that worker to find new employment.

The institute found that as of April 2003, the average length of unemployment increased to 19.6 weeks.

That's the highest average in almost two decades - since 1984.

There is another troubling trend, the percentage of unemployed looking for work and doing it for longer that six months has ballooned from 11 percent in 2000 to more than 20 percent this year.

That means, of course, that one in five unemployed workers has been unemployed for half a year.

SIDS research

If a fancy dinner out for staff is part of your company's plans, consider a delay until June 13-19.

A number of high-brow restaurants in Greater Cincinnati have agreed to donate a portion of profits that week to research for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

More information is at www.7daysforSIDS.com. Restaurants on board for the fund-raiser include Carlo and Johnny's, Aioli, Latin Quarter, Palomino and Maisonette.

E-mail at jeckberg@enquirer.com




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