Janis Cooke Newman raised $8000 for 826 Valencia during Spend the Day at the Grotto School, a day of writing classes and consultations she coordinated and planned at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. This fundraising event was modeled after a day in high school and took 40 ‘students’ through a day’s worth of small group classes and one-on-one consultations with published authors.
Janis Cooke Newman reached out to Dave Eggers’ ScholarMatch, an organization which uses crowd-funding to help under-resourced high school seniors pay for college, on behalf of Grotto Classes to sponsor a Grotto Scholar. She organized and ran a fundraiser which included a live auction and raffle to help the Grotto’s scholar fill the gap in his financial aid package, which raised nearly $3000.
ScholarMatch is now the designated charity of Lit Camp, the writers’ conference Newman founded. Each year, Lit Camp raises in excess of $3000 for its Lit Camp scholar.
Janis Cooke Newman has sat on the advisory board of Litquake and on the fundraising committee. Her Litquake fundraising focuses mainly on two events.
She is the co-founder, along with Litquake founder Jack Boulware, of Regreturature: When Good Writers Start Bad, an evening of humorous early readings of well-known writers. Regreturature began in 2010, and was performed every year for three years. In its final year, it raised nearly $4000 for Litquake. It has spawned the book Drivel.
She is the founder of Bagels & Bloodies: A Sunday Morning of Writing Workshops. This half-day of four writing workshops, presented at the San Francisco Writers Grotto, was held twice a year. In its final year, it raised approximately $2500 for Litquake.