GMN Examiner
July 2012
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New Resource:  Advocacy Grantmaking Webinar RecordingMembers Only

This webinar provides an in-depth look into the rules for funding advocacy activity. Topics include general support and project support grants for charities that lobby, the IRS definition of lobbying and when those rules apply, funding non-partisan political activities (e.g., voter registration, candidate debates), and much more!

Call for Board Nominations Begins August 15

Do you share the mission and core values of the Grants Managers Network? Would you like to play a role in the direction of GMN and contribute to the field of philanthropy? Looking for an opportunity to gain leadership skills or further develop professionally?  Watch for the call for nominations for the 2013-15 GMN board term on August 15.

Ericka Novotny Appointed to GMN Board

The Board of Directors of the Grants Managers Network is pleased to announce the appointment of Ericka Novotny, Senior Grants Manager at the Arcus Foundation in New York City, to fill the unexpired term as Director (2013) formerly held by Guy Eakin, who stepped down earlier this year.

Expanding GMN’s Communications Capacity

GMN continues to build staff capacity to better serve our members and partners. In June 2012, we welcomed Nikki Powell as our first communications manager. Nikki will play an important role in supporting our strategic goals and amplifying awareness and impact of our events and programs. She also will strengthen our core communications and help raise the profile of grants managers and GMN in the field of philanthropy.


Join the Conversation

The Future of Grants Management is Data Members Only

Lucy Bernholtz, in her blog, Philanthropy 2173 outlines a compelling vision for the future of grants management where grantmakers view the data they hold as a valuable extension of their missions and a way to help advance their causes and the managers of that data are grants managers. 

Grants Management Training Members Only

Whether you are new to grants management or have been in the field for several years, professional development resources offering formal training are available. Find out from your colleagues what resources they have found helpful.

Reporting Expenditure Responsibility Grants to the IRS Members Only

Join the discussion on whether your organization reports the total amount expended since the beginning of the grant, or the amount expended during the reporting year, when reporting the amount expended by grantee.

OFAC Vetting - Domestic and International Grantmaking Members Only

Check out this informative discussion on OFAC vetting. It seems like we all do it a little differently. Add your voice to the conversation or participate in the related poll on the Member Community homepage or do both

Holding Reserve Funds Members Only

A fellow grantmaker is administering a new fund that may require some assets be held in reserve for a) ongoing expenses to the fund, b) investment, and c) emergency grants. Any experience with this? Do you have any policy documents for holding reserve funds to share?

Job Opportunities

Grants Administrator, Global Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA Members Only

Program Associate, The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Little Rock, AR Members Only

Grants and Operations Coordinator, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, St. Paul, MN Members Only

Senior Grants and Administration Manager, Creative Associates International, Washington, DC Members Only

View all jobs Members Only

GMN Conference

Deadline Extended: 2012 Grantmaker IT Survey

Wouldn’t you like to know…

  • What grants management software your colleagues use and how satisfied they are with it?
  • How many foundations have moved to on-line board books and what tools are most widely used?
  • How your technology operations, resources, and tools compare to your peers?

Participate in the TAG/GMN IT Survey today and receive a customized benchmarking report for your organization.  The deadline has been extended to July 27.  Each GMN member organization received separate emails and reminders with the survey link and login information from lisa [at-sign] tagtech [dot] org.  If you need your password resent, have any questions about the survey, or need any other assistance, please contact Lisa Pool at lisa [at-sign] tagtech [dot] org or 610-688-6832. 

Thanks so much for your help.  We look forward to releasing the a summary of the survey results in early Fall.

Member and Salary Benefits Report


Face-to-Face Events

August 8, 2012 Members Only
Minnesota Chapter Meeting
Minneapolis, MN

Virtual Events

July 25, 2012