Block A: Monday, March 21 - 10:15 am - 11:45 am

Tired of trying to represent complex data in bullet points? PowerPoint has long been the most popular tool for presenting information but it’s not suited for everything. In this session participants will identify when PowerPoint is and isn’t an appropriate presentation tool in their own work and become acquainted with other ways to accurately and efficiently present and convey data and other complex information. The workshop will offer: (1) examples of inspiring presentations of complex information (without PowerPoint!); (2) alternative approaches, resources and tips for presenting data and complex information; and (3) an opportunity to apply these tools to your own communication challenges.

Melissa Ransdell, Consultant and Facilitator, MissionWise


What kind of difference have you made? Grantmakers are increasingly asked to answer this question and need an outcome framework to do so. Shift your organization’s conceptual identity from being a funder of programs to being an investor in ‘human gain’. Topics will include: (1) defining results; (2) choosing grant application questions that predict success; (3) holding results conversations with grantees; (4) making result-focused grants; (5) assessing grant progress; and (6) determining grant success.

Tiffany Price, Technical Assistance Manager, Mitchell Kapor Foundation

Wendy Watson-Hallowell, Senior Project Leader, Foundation Consulting, The Rensselaerville Institute


GMN's Body of Knowledge (BOK) is a framework of knowledge held by grants managers throughout the field of philanthropy. The development of the BOK is one outcome of GMN's exploration of professional certification for grants managers. Come hear how the BOK can be used to create a professional development plan, how volunteering for GMN can help you gain skills, and how to use traditional and non-traditional education methods to gain the experience needed to meet your goals.

Joe Behaylo, Director, Network Grants Management and External Funding Support, Open Society Institute

Chad Gorski, Program Assistant, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Whether you are new to the field or just looking for a refresher, this session will cover the basics of grantmaking. What are the essential items needed to properly make a grant? Is a grant agreement required? Does the procedure need to be different when the grantee is a church or municipality? This session will help you make sure your due diligence is done and your fundamentals are in place.

Kelly Shipp Simone, Deputy General Counsel, Council on Foundations

This session will cover best practices for planning and designing grants management processes as identified in the GM Guide. Topics will include: solicited and unsolicited proposals; paper and electronic proposals; letters of inquiry and full proposals; deadlines; eligibility; and other topics.

Cathy Luce, Grants Manager, Maine Health Access Foundation

Bonnie Rivers, Grants Manager, Carnegie Corporation of New York

Debra Vought, Senior Program Associate, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Christine Warren, Executive Assistant/Grants Manager, Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation 

If you have an iPad, Smartphone, or a wireless broadband device, the world just became a much, much smaller and convenient place. As mobile technology and internet technology merge, the result is easier access to your data from wherever you need it, whenever you need it.

This session is designed to be an interactive opportunity to experience Foundant’s Grant Lifecycle Manager online grant management solution paired with mobile technology to see how you can take your grant database on the road. Attendees with iPads, Smartphones, or WiFi enabled laptops are encouraged to bring them to experience firsthand what this new technology will allow you, applicants, and evaluators to accomplish even when away from the office.

Daren Nordhagen, President, Foundant Technologies

Sponsored by Foundant Technologies