Individual donations

Yes, you can donate to WCSJ2017!

The Council for the Advancement of Science Writing, a partner in organizing the conference, is accepting individual contributions to help fund the WCSJ2017 David Perlman Travel Fellowships. These grants, which will be awarded competitively in early 2017, will support conference travel and accommodations for both professional and student science writers.


Click this button to donate:


How to give

The DONATE • TRAVEL FUND button above will take you to a page where online donations can be made with a credit card or PayPal. In “instructions to seller,” please specify that your donation is for “WCSJ2017 Travel Fellowships.” Afterward, please continue to the CASW website to provide information for the donor list.

Donations in support of WCSJ2017 are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. CASW is a charity organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Your donations will be acknowledged as contributions to CASW and applied directly to travel support for the conference.

Individual donations will continue to be matched by an anonymous donor one to one, up to a total match of $20,000. Our goal is to reach $40,000.

Gifts of any amount are gratefully appreciated. Every dollar counts. Thank you!

Donations of $1,000 or more will be recognized at the Contributor, Friend and Supporter levels.

Giving by Mail

If you prefer not to give online, please send your check to:

   WCSJ2017 Travel Fellowships, c/o CASW
   P.O. Box 910
   Hedgesville, WV 25427

Your check should be written out to CASW, with a memo line indicating it is for WCSJ2017 Travel Fellowships. Be sure to include a mailing or e-mail address so that Diane McGurgan can send an acknowledgment of your gift. Diane can also assist with employer matches, which will be gratefully accepted and recognized.

Fellowships honor David Perlman

The travel fellowships created by these donations are named in honor of David Perlman, one of the most revered American science journalists, and surely the longest-serving. Perlman has been a long-time leader of the science writing profession, serving as President of the National Association of Science Writers in 1970-71 and CASW President from 1976 to 1980.

Video: David Perlman shares advice for beginning science writers and reflections on the challenges of science journalism with Cris Russell. From CASW’s Guide to Careers in Science Writing.

Perlman became science editor of the San Francisco Chronicle more than 60 years ago. He had started work there just before World War II (during which he served four years in Europe as an Army officer). He is still on the job at 97. Helping other science writers, especially those just starting out, is dear to him.