This advanced workshop will cover the critical techniques and tactics that grantwriters require to create well-developed grant proposals as part of an effective communication strategy with funders.
Registration for this workshop is limited to professionals currently working in the nonprofit sector whose job responsibility includes grantwriting. Registrants are expected to have at least six months of grantwriting experience or have taken MCN’s introductory and intermediate grantwriting classes. If you are newer to grantwriting, please register for MCN’s beginner or intermediate grantwriting trainings.
Participants will be asked to submit an electronic copy of your organization’s grant proposal two weeks before the workshop to use during peer-review of real, in-progress grant proposals. Details will be sent to those who are registered.
- Develop the necessary writing style to both inform and persuade readers to support your project;
- Develop a work plan and explore how grantwriting fits within the process of contacting and cultivating potential funders;
- Understand the funding landscape, both geographical and sub-sector;
- Develop logic models as a critical tool for both designing and communicating a detailed project proposal;
- Craft a budget that conveys an accurate picture of a project’s needs and value.
By registering for this session, participants agree to keep confidential other organizations’ information shared during workshops.
Kari Aanestad is the director of advancement at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits. In this role, Kari secures and stewards grant and individual donor support for MCN. She also 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 holds a bachelor of arts in English and political science from Augsburg College and a master of divinity from Luther Seminary. Most recently she served as grant writer and outcomes manager for St. David’s Center. 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.