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Answering the Sustainability Question

November 15th, 2018
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Philanthropy Massachusetts, 133 Federal Street, Suite 802, Boston, MA
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
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We have all seen the “sustainability question” asking one way or another:

  • How will the program be sustained after the grant ends?
  • What is your plan for sustaining the project beyond the grant period?
  • Describe the future of this program and how will you support it beyond the grant.

If you answered “We’ll get more grants”, you failed the test. This practical session is designed to spark new ideas on how to answer the question for your organization or program. It will offer grant maker insights, new ways to look at the question, and strategies for answering it.


  • interviews with funders on what they look for in the answer;
  • examples of different ways to look at the question;
  • factors that help prove sustainability that may not seem obvious or even related; and
  • concrete examples to illustrate principles

Participants are invited to bring their best examples of answering this question to share.


Ellen Gugel GPC, Principal of Grants & More, has developed hundreds of successful proposals for environmental, social services, advocacy and arts organizations from grassroots to $60+ million agencies. As Director of Foundation & Corporate Relations at Ascentria Care Alliance (formerly Lutheran Social Services) 2010-14, she established a successful grants program. Prior: consultant (2007-10); Development Manager, Tower Hill Botanic Garden (2004-07); Executive Director, Orenda Wildlife Land Trust (1998-2003) of Cape Cod. She earned her MBA at Boston University in Public & Nonprofit Management. She is a member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and currently serves as the GPA Regional Representative. She is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) since 2010.

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Zoom information: Zoom information for the program will be sent out to all registrants one week before AND in the afternoon of the business day before the session is scheduled to take place.  Please reach out to info@philanthropyma.org if you believe you are registered for this program and do not receive the link.

Registration & Program Follow-up Materials: Registration for the program will be closed at 2pm EST on the day before the program is scheduled to take place.  If you register after this point, you will be added to the waitlist and will be able to receive the program recording as well as all follow-up materials from the session.  For fee-based Nonprofit Partner programs, you can request these materials for a discounted rate.  Please note that it may take up to a week to prepare and disseminate those materials to all registrants.

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