GMN Examiner
November 2012

Need to Know

Taking Stock of Project Streamline from Both Sides Now


Grantmaker Survey Extended
GMN has asked for your input throughout the life of our signature campaign, Project Streamline, and we need your input now more than ever to help us measure the success of streamlining efforts and begin to identify best practices that will serve grantmakers everywhere.

GMN has extended the deadline to complete the Project Streamline grantmaker assessment survey and survey responses are now due by November 30, 2012.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey by November 30.

Grantseeker Survey Open
You can also play a vital role in helping us reach the nonprofits you serve to get their insight on the benefits and value of streamlining practices that funders have implemented. Consider sharing the Project Streamline grantseeker assessment survey with your grantees. You can find sample language to help invite grantseekers and promote the survey on the Project Streamline website.

We have already heard from many of you and appreciate your taking the time to help complete this critical assessment of GMN’s signature project. 


New and Notable

Bettering Budget Business Webinar

(Thursday, November 29  |  1:00 PM)

Please join us for a webinar presented by The SCAN Foundation for its grantmaking colleagues. Attendees will get an introduction to a new budget and financial planning tool that helps current and potential grantees develop project-specific budgets. The tool also helps help nonprofits develop project sustainability projections by determining both expense and potential revenue resources over a 5-year time frame. 

The webinar is a free benefit for GMN members. Advance registration is required. Register now!

Want to live-tweet this webinar? Use the hashtag #gmnscan


Events in Person

Southern CA GMN Regional Meeting Members Only

Tuesday, November 27  |  8:30 AM - 12:00 PM  |  Santa Ana, Calif.
Interactive presentation on data visualization; using real-world examples and hands-on learning, participants will learn best practices in analyzing grantmaking data to provide insight and drive action. Google People Analytics Manager Cole Nussbaumer will talk about  telling your story with data by focusing attention where you want it, eliminating clutter and choosing the right type of display. Sponsored by Southern California Grantmakers and GMN. To register, email programsrsvp [at] socalgrantmakers [dot] org to request a non-member registration code, and then use this link to complete your registration.

New England Region Holiday Gathering Members Only

Monday, December 3  |  4:30 – 7:40 PM  |  Boston
Breaking away from our usual meetings, we invite you to join us to celebrate the holiday season at a local Boston bar for a beverage, (or two), and light non-grantmaking banter. Location will be determined based on response from the group; any and all suggestions are always welcome!!

GMN-DC GIFTS User Group Meeting Members Only

Thursday, December 13  |  9:30 – 11:00 AM  |  Washington, D.C.
Join us for a GIFTS-DC to hear about some of the sessions held at this year’s MicroEdge GIFTS Conference, including Blueprint, and see a demo of GIFTS Online. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. If you are unable to attend in person you can also participate by phone at 866-740-1260.

Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation
1250 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036
The Meyer Foundation is within walking distance of the Dupont Circle or Farragut North metro stations on the red line.

Rocky Mountain Regional Meeting Members Only

Monday, December 17 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM MT | Denver, Colo.
Join us for an update on the 2013 Volunteer Training and Development Schedule, 2012 Year-End Chapter Engagement Report and a recap of the 2012 TAG conference highlights and overview. We'll be meeting at the Gill Foundation from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. MT. Please RSVP to tfranklin [at-sign] danielsfund [dot] org (Trish Franklin) or call 720-941-445


Events Online

GMN Member Orientation Webinar Members Only

Wednesday, November 28  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET  |  Webinar 
Join our member orientation webinar to learn how to maximize the value of your membership using the resources and connections that make GMN a one-of-a-kind association.

GMN Member Orientation Webinar Members Only

Wednesday, December 11  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET  |  Webinar 
Join our member orientation webinar to learn how to maximize the value of your membership using the resources and connections that make GMN a one-of-a-kind association.


On the Move




  • Nicole Howe Buggs, Associate Corporate Secretary & Director of Grants Management, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Bonnie Rivers, Associate Director of Grants Management, Carnegie Corporation of New York  




  • Javier Sanchez, Grants & Database Manager, The Home Depot Foundation




  • Best wishes to Meridian Napoli who recently resigned from the GMN Board of Directors after 2.5 years of dedicated and enthusiastic service.


Want to share your job moves, career highlights, awards and recognitions, or other big news?  Contact Communications Manager Nikki Powell at npowell [at-sign] gmnetwork [dot] org (npowell [at-sign] gmnetwork [dot] org) or call 202-495-0419.


Job Opportunities

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GMN Conference
Conference Spotlight

Competitive Edge or Edging Out Charities?

In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of organizations, such as Charity Navigator, that evaluate and rank nonprofit performance. Some of these charity evaluators wield significant influence over whether and where donors decide to give, but are these organizations providing a valuable service or doing a disservice to nonprofits and charitable giving as a whole?

We’ll tackle this issue at the closing plenary session at GMN’s 8th Annual Conference in March, where Ken Berger (President and CEO of Charity Navigator) and William Schambra (Director of the Bradley Center for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal at Hudson Institute) will debate the positives and negatives of ranking nonprofits.

Don’t wait for the conference to start talking about this issue—check out the conversation in our online community and tell us what you think!


Join the Conversation

Running the Resources Members Only

Do you manage a resource library for local grantees or work with a nonprofit resource library? How do you organize and share information on foundations, nonprofits, corporate giving, and related subjects? Share your experiences organizing resource materials.

Reporting on Research Members Only

For those funding research, instilling the habit in grantees to acknowledge and notify funders when they have published an article or paper can be challenging.Do you have a communication policy addressing recognition and/or credit?

Requirements Lost in Translation Members Only

International vetting can be difficult when grantees cannot supply some documents and information due to their nation's privacy laws. Would you really feel comfortable making grants to an organization that won't even divulge the names of its board and staff?


Share Your Opinion

What is your organization’s #1 priority in 2013?

  • Reassessing funding priorities
  • Capacity building within grantees
  • Building relationships with grantees
  • Overhauling outcomes
  • Streamlining internal processes
  • Other (tell us about it in the comments!)


Take the poll now »

Top Tip

Members Only

Recently moved, changed email addresses, earned a PhD, got married, joined a witness protection program, or got a new job? All are great reasons to update your GMN profile! To update your profile, log in to the GMN Online Community and at the top right corner of the page, select My Account > Edit > GMN Personal Info.

For step-by-step instructions, go to the Help page and click on Manage Your Account. For additional assistance, contact community managers jamagai [at-sign] summitfdn [dot] org (Jamie Amagai) or cmeek [at-sign] cfgfw [dot] org (Christine Meek).