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URI web chat to examine trends in philanthropy on Sept. 19

Media Contact: Todd McLeish, 401-874-7892

KINGSTON, R.I. – September 11, 2006 – Robert Beagle, vice president for university advancement at the University of Rhode Island, will discuss fundraising strategies and trends in philanthropy during an online chat on Tuesday, Sept. 19 at 1 p.m.

“Recent catastrophic events around the world have had a significant impact on charitable giving at all levels,” said Beagle, who has been involved in higher education philanthropy for nearly 30 years. “Amid this climate of diverse need, a number of trends and issues have emerged that organizations both small and large need to consider as they set their fundraising goals.”

A graduate of Dickinson College and Penn State University, Beagle served as vice chancellor of the Minnesota State University System and vice president at Edinboro University before accepting his current position at URI in 1991. During his tenure at URI, the University conducted its first comprehensive fundraising campaign, exceeding its goal by $16 million, and three successful building campaigns. The University is currently in the lead gift phase of a $100 million campaign, focused primarily on increasing its endowment.

A service of the URI Division of University Advancement’s electronic communications program, online chats are free and open to the public and are accessible through the URI website.

To enter the chat, go to http://advance.uri.edu/chats for instructions. Participants may submit questions in advance, but the chat will not begin until the scheduled date and time. Thirty minutes is the total time allotted for the chat. A full transcript will be posted to the University’s website once the chat has been completed. Questions about web chats should be directed to the URI Publications Office at 401-874-2075.

URI’s online chats, which began in September 2004, have featured question and answer sessions with such alumni as Tom Mulligan, Los Angeles Times senior correspondent discussing the Iraq war, and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ross Kauffman talking about the making of Born into Brothels, as well as with URI administrators, faculty and coaches.

The chats are made possible through the cooperation of the URI Athletics Department and College Sports Online, hosts of the GoRhody.com web site.