Grants Managers Network is a thriving national association of nearly 3,200 philanthropy professionals.


Grantmaking practices that maximize philanthropic impact.


Our mission is 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.

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GMN is truly a member-led organization. Our organization began in 1991 when two grants managers in New York City began to meet informally to discuss shared experiences at their respective foundations. Soon, they engaged other grants managers 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.


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