Spotlight on Successful Grantseeking Strategies

Wednesday, December 18, 09:15 AM - Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 03:30 PM
Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 09:15 AM - 03:30 PM
Virtual TrainingLive - Online
Fee: $99 Members / $199 Nonmembers

Add some new tools to your grantseeking strategies during MCN's December Online Spotlight: Successful Grant Strategies...Proposal Writing and Beyond. We'll cover project management tools for grantwriters, new tools for grant prospecting, ways to better connect with your funders after grant is awarded, and how to grow your organization's grantseeking success by measuring and evaluating its grantseeking capacity and effectiveness.

This Spotlight is a one-day online event offering four interactive live online sessions, each exploring a different key to successfully seeking grants. Each session will be led by an experienced nonprofit leader or consultant and is designed to offer practical information that can be applied immediately. Registrants can participate in the live sessions and will also be sent a link to a recording of each of the sessions after the event ends.

Spotlight Sessions

Improving Your Organization's Ability to Get More Grants with the Grant Development Maturity Model

Ever wished you had a map to show you and your organization's leadership how effective the organization is throughout the grant lifecycle and how to make improvements that result in more funding? Finding better and more efficient ways to raise grant funds is always a challenge. Strategically planning your organization's grantseeking and grantwriting practices is critical to its success. One guide you can put to use right away is the Grant Development Maturity Model, developed by Jo Miller. In this session, Jo will share how you can use it to evaluate your organization's effectiveness, create new strategies and processes that drive predictable outcomes and grant revenue, move your organization from a reactive to a proactive grantseeker, and unite your staff and board around grant success.
joJo Miller is the founder and Managing Director of SmartEGrants and the SmartE Learning Center, a professional development and training organization, and owner / principal of J Miller & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in grants development, social media strategy, program design, team development, and online communications. Jo has more than 25-years of experience working with nonprofits and government agencies throughout the country in housing, health, disabilities, energy, and community development. Jo is also the president of the board of the international Grant Professionals Association and is an approved trainer for the Grant Professionals Association and an approved training provider by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute. 


Project Management Tips and Tools for Grant Proposals

You're a grantwriter (or someone with grant-related work as a large part of your job), and you've got a big grant deadline coming up. You know the routine – research your prospect's goals, draft language that connects those goals with your program's goals, create the attachments, review, and submit. But what else do you do to get the job done? In many ways, most grantwriters are also project managers -- identifying and collaborating with the team who will have a role in the project and proposal, establishing communications protocols with the team (aka, “who needs to know what and when?”), and developing a workplan by creating a timeline and assigning tasks to ensure the deadline is met. So wouldn't it be helpful to have some project management tools in your toolbox?  In this session, experienced project manager Amy Sinykin will share how to develop a grants activity calendar and how to create and communicate a grant application process as well as her favorite online tools for keeping everyone moving forward and on the same page.

amy2Amy Sinykin is a senior consultant at AmplifyDMC where she focuses on helping the firm’s nonprofit clients with project management, operations, and governance. Amy has 25 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector in areas including fiscal management, human resources, technology implementation, governance support, planning and budgeting. She is an operations powerhouse skilled at framing and executing her clients’ plans – helping them focus on what matters, aligning their work to their strengths and mitigating their weaknesses.

Grantseeker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Latest Tips, Tricks, and Trends 

Whether you are an accidental grantwriter or a seasoned professional looking for the next great idea, this session is for you. Join two self-professed “grant girls,” Andrea Sanow and Tammy Tilzey, to learn and share about the latest and greatest tools, techniques, resources, and information for grantseeking. Through this session you will identify crucial information sources for the latest news on grantmaking foundations; practice cutting-edge prospecting strategies such as “cohort analysis” and “990 discoveries”; and learn about technology and hacks to improve your grantseeking process.

sanowAndrea Sanow is the development coordinator at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, where she develops, implements and evaluates brand and communications strategies to increase the visibility and credibility of the GrantAdvisor website service. She also produces marketing materials, develops presentations for conferences, and manages electronic and print communications efforts related to GrantAdvisor.Andrea holds a bachelor of arts in English and master of fine arts in nonfiction writing from Augsburg College. She most recently served the nonprofit sector as program assistant at ArtsMidwest. Her previous nonprofit work includes serving organizations working with housing and higher education, respectively. From 2012-2013, she served as a member of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in San Francisco.

Tammy TilzeyTammy Tilzey is the director of Foundant for Grantseekers, an intuitive grant management solution designed to increase the efficiency and funding success of nonprofits. She particularly enjoys working and collaborating with passionate clients and coworkers. Tammy holds a B.S. degree in computer science from Montana State University and has held development, marketing, and services leadership roles at several growing software companies. In her role at Foundant Technologies, Tammy provides educational opportunities and tools that enable nonprofits and grant professionals to maximize their grantseeking capabilities and increase their fundraising success. Tammy currently serves on the board of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute and as membership chair for her local Idaho Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association.     


Beyond the Final Report: New Ideas for Funder “Stewardship”

You spend hours on the final report, carefully crafting each sentence and transposing expenses to the funder’s budget form. But is the final report our only chance to connect with grantmakers post-award? Does the final report provide all of the information grantmakers need to understand impact and inform strategy? (and, let’s be honest, do they even read our final reports?) Join Kari Aanestad and Georgina Chinchilla-Gonzalez as they team up to offer new insights and fresh ideas on how grant professionals can steward relationships with grantmakers. This session will break down the most common barriers to stewardship and help you build an engagement plan tailored to your funders with lessons from individual giving and audience-led communications. 

Kari_AanestadKari Aanestad is the director of advancement at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, where she secures and stewards grant and individual donor support and supports the development of other fundraising professionals throughout Minnesota through various channels including in-person and online trainings, the Minnesota Grants Alert, and the Minnesota Grants Directory. Kari brings a holistic wealth of experience to her role including international travel to over 20 countries, hospital chaplaincy in England, and teaching and tutoring positions ranging from elementary to post-graduate levels in writing and compassionate communication. 

g-chinchilla photoGeorgina Chinchilla Gonzalez is the Grants and Institutional Support Manager at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. With an undergraduate degree in Violin Performance and graduate degree in Musicology, her role at the SPCO combines her love of and experience with music and her interest in serving her community. Prior to joining the SPCO, she worked primarily as a youth work professional at ComMUSICation and Girl Scouts of MN and WI River Valleys. As a Peace Corps volunteer, she also taught English and designed youth empowerment camps in a small village in Jordan. She completed an MBA from the University of St. Thomas, where she focused on social entrepreneurship. 

Spotlight Schedule: All are in Central Time

9:30 – 10:30 AM   

Improving Your Organization's Ability to Get More Grants with the Grant Development Maturity Model

11 AM - 12 PM 

Project Management Tips and Tools for Grant Proposals

1 - 2 PM

Grantseeker's Guide to the Galaxy: The Latest Tips, Tricks, and Trends

2:30 – 3:30 PM  Beyond the Final Report: New Ideas for Funder “Stewardship”

Technology details

This event is hosted in Adobe Connect. You will need a computer with a reliable high-speed internet connection. 

Audio is available via your computer or your phone; choose the audio connection that provides you with the best sound quality. Please note: Using your computer for audio can sometimes negatively affect your experience, particularly if your Wi-Fi signal is not strong or your broadband connection is slow. Therefore, we highly recommend that you have access to a phone which can serve as a back-up audio method during the event. Information about how to log into this event will emailed to you at least two days before it begins. If you don’t receive this email, please first check your spam folder, then contact


Will the sessions be recorded? Yes, they will be recorded. However, because of the interactive nature of these sessions, which will include ongoing conversation via chat and polls, participants will get a lot more value out of these sessions if they participate in the live event and rely on the recordings for reviewing the content that was shared during the live session.

Can registrations be shared? To achieve the best possible learning outcomes during these sessions, each participant should have their registration for the event. Participants will be actively engaging with the trainer via chat and polls, and to do so, each needs to have their own keyboard, computer, and connection to the training.

Can I connect to this training with Adobe Connect's mobile app for phones and tablets? While Adobe Connect does have a mobile app, its functionality is limited and does not support all the engagement tools that we use during this training. We strongly suggest that you use a desktop or laptop computer rather than a phone or tablet to access Adobe Connect.

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