About GMN

Grants Managers Network is a thriving national association with a mission to improve grantmaking by advancing the knowledge, skills and abilities of grants management professionals and leading grantmakers to adopt and incorporate effective practices that benefit the philanthropic community. By increasing the knowledge of grants managers and the efficiency and effectiveness of funders, GMN helps grantmakers deliver more resources directly to mission-driven activities, leading to better outcomes for grantmakers and grantseekers alike.



In 1991, two New York City grants managers began to meet informally to discuss shared experiences at their respective foundations. They soon engaged others and, as membership grew, an open and sharing network developed. In 1996, the Grants Managers Network (GMN) expanded nationally as a project of the Rockefeller Family Fund. In 2006, GMN became a §501(c)(3) public charity.


GMN has more than 2,400 members from 1,200 grantmaking organizations who represent the breadth of the philanthropic community including small family foundations, prominent national foundations, grantmaking public charities, and socially responsible corporations. These individuals serve their organizations in many roles and are identified by a variety of titles including grants administrators, grants managers, directors of grants management, financial officers, and program officers/associates.

Headquarters and Chapters

GMN is based in Washington, D.C. Its 14 regional chapters connect members in local settings for professional and leadership development opportunities. Regional groups meet in the Delaware Valley, Florida, Midwest, Minnesota, New England, New York, Northern California, Ohio, Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Southeast, Southern California, Washington D.C., and Texas.


GMN is supported by more than 250 grantmaking organizations that recognize its contribution to the field of philanthropy and the professional development benefits that GMN provides to their employees.

Leadership and Management

GMN’s board of directors is elected by the membership. Michelle Greanias, a GMN member since 1996, became the organization’s first executive director in 2008. She is supported by more than 250 volunteers that develop and deliver programs, resources, and services to GMN members.


To accomplish our mission, the Grants Managers Network bases its decisions and actions on the following core values:

Community – To maintain GMN as a member-focused and member-driven organization, recognizing and reflecting  the needs and diversity of our members in everything we do

Leadership– To educate individual organizations, the broader philanthropic community, and others on the value that the grants management profession brings to philanthropy

Learning—To focus our efforts on programs, products, and services that advance the knowledge, skills, and leadership abilities of our members

Collaboration– To seek opportunities to work with others who support our mission and goals and enhance our work through partnerships

Excellence – To be the very best in all we do, striving for continuous improvement and responding rapidly to change 

Integrity – To be honest and forthright and maintain the highest ethical standards


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