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A letter from Paul Grondahl

March 25, 2024


Dear Friend of the NYS Writers Institute:


You may have been enjoying the extraordinary range of author and film events the Writers Institute has presented this spring. You’ve considered donating. Now is the best time to do so.

Today through March 28, I invite you to support the Writers Institute while also doubling the impact of your gift through the University at Albany’s annual #MarchMatchness appeal to coincide with March Madness and the men’s and women’s basketball NCAA Tournament.

It’s simple. Make your gift to the Writers Institute and PepsiCo will match all gifts during #MarchMatchness dollar for dollar, with that amount going to student scholarships, up to $150,000.


Here is a secure link to make an online donation.

NYS Writers Institute Opalka Endowed Director Paul Grondahl

Your support goes farther than ever with this special offer. You can also check with your employer to see if an additional match might be available.

It’s wonderful to get swept up in the excitement of college hoops and filling out an NCAA bracket, but please take a moment to consider a donation to the Writers Institute. Double the impact of your gift by earmarking a matching amount to assist our UAlbany students with the greatest financial need.

So, please make a gift today. Any amount is welcome. Together, we will continue to bring the world’s greatest writers in the world to the Capital Region. Your generosity keeps our literary programs free and open to all. At the same time, you can provide scholarship assistance to our hard-working UAlbany students who need and deserve our help.

Thank you,

Paul Grondahl

Opalka Endowed Director, NYS Writers Institute

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