Taking Stock of Project Streamline
For five years you’ve been the proving ground for the practices and philosophies of Project Streamline. You’ve put concepts to the test and through the ringer, all in an effort to reduce waste (of time and energy) caused by inconsistent and inefficient reporting and application procedures.
Now it’s time to tell your Project Streamline success stories, and even the not-so-successful ones, too. GMN has launched Taking Stock, our Project Streamline Assessment Survey. The questions in this survey are few but their impact will be significant—you’ll have a chance to weigh in about how you’ve streamlined and what truly works for you. Then we’ll work toward a set of recommendations that highlight your stories and show how these best practices can work for everyone else, too.
Expect to see and hear a lot more about this assessment survey over the next month; we need wide-scale weigh in from across the field to get a clear picture of the power of streamlining.
What does your technology say about your grantmaking?
Find out what IT is all about—the new 2012 IT Survey Report, a joint project of Grants Managers Network and the Technology Affinity Group. The survey and report focused on discovering new trends and important insights about how grantmakers are using information technology to support their missions. Read the executive summary (PDF) and then delve into the full report. Some of the results surprised us and we think they’ll surprise you, too. Take a look at the report then join our discussion about how iPads rule and social media is no longer cool!
Thursday, October 25 | 9:00-10:30 a.m. | Boston
Topic: GMN’s new regional chapter structure and succession planning; remote access also available!
Friday, October 26| 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Chicago
Topics: 2013 planning, co-chair and committee elections; mapping and charting data; foundations using social media; professional development and maintaining balance; remote access also available!
Thursday, November 1 | 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Topics: GMN Manager, Membership and Chapter Services, Miriam Hankins will provide an update on national topics; regional and national planning and priorities; roundtable discussion and networking.
Friday, November 2 | 12:30pm - 4:30pm | Seattle
Topics: GMN Manager, Membership and Chapter Services, Miriam Hankins will provide an update on national topics; part 1 of 2-part panel discussion on the life of grants: from inquiry to recommendation; speed networking session
Thursday, November 8 | 10:00–11:30 a.m. | Washington, D.C.
Topic: Knowledge management tools from the Foundation Center—websites and portals, plus details on training sessions to help maximize the value of new resources
Tuesday, November 13 | 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Cleveland
Topic: Changes at GMN’s national and regional levels; Body of Knowledge discussion and demo of GM Guide
Wednesday, November 14 | 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Austin
Topic: grant technology, including grant software, digital board books, and data visualization tools and techniques
Wednesday, November 14 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | Minneapolis
Topic: Paul Verrette from the Minneapolis Foundation provides an overview of the 990PF form; lunch following the meeting provided by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 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.
- Conrad H. Hilton Foundation, Agoura Hills, Calif.
- Consumer Health Foundation, Washington, D.C. – Director of Finance and Administration
- John & Marcia Goldman Foundation, San Francisco, Calif. – Grants Manager/Administrator
St. Petersburg Beckons
It may be crisp fall weather for you right now, but the forecast is for sunny days ahead at the GMN 8th Annual Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla., March 18-20, 2013. Registration for our gathering in the Sunshine City begins on December 4, so you’ve got time to peruse our updated conference web pages to learn about where we’ll be staying, the best ways to get there, and the kind of weather you’ll have to look forward to. Look for a special invitation in your home mailboxes very soon.
Get Your Head (and Your Grantmaking) in the Clouds
Clouds used to be a sign of rain, but now they’re the sign of the times—cloud applications have revolutionized how grantmaking happens. But what exactly is the cloud and what can it mean for your organization? From email and grants management to membership and project management, knowledge about the cloud can be a bit cloudy. Help make sense of it allwith a recorded webinar presented by Allen Gunn, executive director of Aspiration. The webinar was recorded on October 3, and is now available for GMN members to view online.
Creative Grant Reporting
Do you use nontraditional reporting formats (like site visits, conference calls, Skype, and annual meetings) to collect information on grantees’ use of grant funds as well as their outcomes and lessons learned? Talk about creative measurement.
Going Green with the Audit
Ever missed the forest *and* the trees when trying to incorporate green values into the audit process (e.g., not having paper files)? Did you find resistance from auditors, internal leadership, or other constituents? Tell us your story to help shape the2013 conference session on this topic!
Assessing Grant Impact
Understanding and evaluating the impact of grantmaking is vital to making the case for providing funding in the first place. Check out some robust resources developed by a GMN member organization to assess grant impact and articulate impact to its Board of Directors.
- Paper files storage, paper materials for information request
- Electronic files storage, paper materials for information request
- Electronic files storage, electronic materials (pdf or other) for information request
Are you perplexed about posting to the GMN online community? Whether you’re starting a discussion, posting a job, or adding an event, you can find all the details you need in our Top Tip: Posting to the Online Community. Need a one-on-one tutorial? Contact community manager jamagai [at-sign] summitfdn [dot] org (Jamie Amagai).