This workshop will introduce grantwriting to nonprofit professionals who have less than one year of experience with the skill. Many people who work in nonprofits find themselves in the position of “accidental grantwriter” and do not feel fully equipped for the challenge. This training will provide content and resources to deepen participants’ knowledge of and skills in grantseeking.
Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the basics of grantseeking. This session will dig into the basic elements of foundation research and grant planning. This is a beginner-level workshop.
In this training, you will:
- Deepen your understanding about the funding landscape;
- Learn about the types of foundations providing grants; and
- Develop an understanding of the sections of a grant proposal including budgeting and evaluation.
Workshop participants will receive a digital copy of the Handbook for Successful Grant Writing
that covers topics ranging from research and planning to a glossary of commonly used terms. The Handbook
is only available to participants and is not otherwise for sale.
This session is an introductory overview of the grantseeking process. For a session focused on writing, you may wish to instead register for the Intermediate Grantwriting session.
This event will have AI captions via Zoom’s transcription function. Please note that these captions are automatically generated by the computer software and may not always accurately transcribe what is said. If you need professional captioning, or have another accessibility accommodation, please email MCN’s program assistant
with your request at least two weeks prior to the start of the event. Although we will attempt to meet all accessibility requests, late request may not be fulfilled.
This event is done in partnership with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, Common Good Vermont, the Kansas Nonprofit Centre, the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP), the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM), and the West Virginia Nonprofit Association (WVNP). Members of these state associations can register at the MCN member rate with instructions provided by their respective state association. Visit the Events and Registration FAQ page
or contact MCN's help desk
for questions about registering.
Aileen Rosa Sánchez
is an entrepreneurial, donor-centric strategist with more than two decades of experience increasing revenue, engaging stakeholders, and furthering organizational missions. Aileen’s previous philanthropic portfolio includes Mayo Clinic, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, and various Twin Cities nonprofits, as well as political and foundation engagement. Aileen helped co-found the Latino Economic Development Center and also the New World School of the Arts Alumni Foundation in her hometown of Miami. She has also helped build diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at various institutions.
Aileen received her B.A. from Oberlin College; M.B.A. from Augsburg University; Oberlin College Community Action Fellowship; Mayo Clinic Bronze Quality Fellowship; Metro State University Community Development Careership; and Hispanics in Philanthropy Next Generation Philanthropy Fellowship. Aileen is the director of development and communications for Genesys Works Twin Cities and serves on the board of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Minnesota Chapter and the Latino Economic Development Center.