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A Foundation Relations and Grant Stewardship Tune-Up

October 17th, 2023
10:00AM to 12:00PM
Zoom - info to be emailed one week prior to event
Consultant, Grantseeker, Nonprofit
Event type:
Member fee:
Base fee:
a warm handshake

Program Description

Strong donor relations and careful stewardship is the key to raising funding from individuals. Few organizations, however, are strategic and systematic with institutional donors. This workshop will help you assess your foundation relations and grant stewardship strategy. You will compare notes with your peers as you tune up the systems that help you strengthen your relationships with foundation and coroporate donors. We will review the minefield of funder pet peeves, race and class biases, and quirks of foundation staff and boards. You will walk away with some tools and tricks that seasoned fundraising professionals use before, during, and after they receive a grant or denial letter.

The workshop is geared to staff newer to fundraising, leaders of understaffed organizations, and those managing staff turnover. Participants should have experience with the basic skills of grant seeking.

Our Presenters

Prentice Zinn and Doeun Kol, both Senior Program Officers at GMA Foundations, have worked in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors for many years. They have observed how leaders from both sectors navigate the dance of donor relationships with varying degrees of success.

At GMA, Prentice manages several local, regional, and international foundations. He is also a Senior Consultant known for start-up work with new donors, planning for multi-generational philanthropy, guiding boards in rethinking mission and focus, and identifying high impact funding opportunities focused on the environment, public health, community development, and human services. Prentice is a founding member of Jamaica Plain Cohousing in Boston, a board member of Hesperian Health Guides, a board member of  Philanthropy Massachusetts, and co-editor of Collaborating for Change: A Participatory Action Research Casebook (2020).

At GMA, Duey oversees a varied grants portfolio focused primarily in education, economic mobility, civic engagement and advocacy. She assists clients through the stages of giving from establishing grant programs to refining impact measurement systems and exploring innovative strategies. Previously, she was an analyst and planner with the National Park Service, and was actively engaged in the transformation of the Lowell Community Charter Public School, where she served as Chair of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Finance Committee, and member of the Strategic Planning and Development Committee.

Registration closes at 2 pm on Monday, October 16th. Please view the Zoom delivery information below.

Registration type: 
Normal registration

Zoom Instructions for Virtual or Hybrid Programs:

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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