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.