GMN Examiner
October 2012

Need to Know

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.

Please take a few moments to complete our Project Streamline assessment survey by November 15.

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.

 

New and Notable

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!

 

Events in Person

New England Regional Chapter Roundtable Meeting Members Only

Thursday, October 25  |  9:00-10:30 a.m.  |  Boston
Topic: GMN’s new regional chapter structure and succession planning; remote access also available!

Midwest Regional Chapter Fall Meeting Members Only

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!

Northern California Regional Chapter Fall Meeting Members Only

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.

Pacific Northwest Regional Chapter Fall Meeting Members Only

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

GMN-DC @ The Foundation Center Members Only

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

Ohio Regional Chapter Meeting Members Only

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

Texas Regional Chapter Meeting Members Only

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

Minnesota Regional Chapter Meeting  Members Only

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

 

Events Online

GMN Member Orientation Webinar Members Only

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.

 

Job Opportunities

 

View all jobs  Members Only

 

GMN Conference
Conference Spotlight

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.

 

Recently Added Resources

Get Your Head (and Your Grantmaking) in the Clouds Members Only

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.

ALSO: Read Allen’s article about this topic in the first issue of GMNsight: Advancing Grantmaking »(PDF)

Join the Conversation

Creative Grant Reporting Members Only

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 Members Only

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 Members Only

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.