GMN Examiner
February 2013

Need to Know

GMN Puts the Pieces Together in New Strategic Framework

Want to know what's in store for 2013 at Grants Managers Network? Check out our brand new strategic framework to get a first look at our priorities and plans for this year. 

GMN continues to experience a lot of growth, both in new members and in the needs of current members. We're committed to meeting those needs and are spending 2013 planning a learning program that will improve how professional development happens with GMN.

Along with a new education plan, GMN is focusing on raising awareness of efficient grantmaking practices, an issue that our members continue to advocate for in their own organizations and throughout the field. 

Some additional plans include:

  • Raising the profile of GMN as an organization and as a membership association with public relations and communications outreach
  • Expanding volunteer opportunities for current and potential volunteers, and use the knowledge of volunteers to strengthen our community
  • Creating a stronger GMN by implementing partner and supporter goals and practices that enable GMN's unique qualities to shine through

Read the full strategic framework »

New and Notable

New Chapter Affiliations

GMN members consistently report that the connections they have with other grants management professionals are their most valuable benefit of belonging to Grants Managers Network. GMN Regional Chapters are a significant factor in this connection, bringing members together on the local level for face-to-face networking and learning. However, because of the way that GMN has grown organically for many years, not all of our members belonged to a regional chapter.  Accordingly, GMN has reorganized some chapters and, effective January 1, 2013, all members are connected to an existing GMN Regional Chapter based on their geographic zip code or close proximity to a particular region. This new affiliation was approved by GMN’s Board of Directors in recognition of the unique role that regional chapters play in delivering local educational programs to enhance member's professional growth. Want to know what chapter you’re in? Refer to our colorful map that outlines who belongs to each of our 14 regional chapters.

Regional Officers List

GMN’s new chapter affiliations and regional chapter governing structure delivered an extra bonus: more leadership positions for GMN members. Previously, each regional chapter had two officers, but that number has increased to five with the addition of positions focused on programming, membership, and communications.

To find out who your regional officers are, or to find out where leadership positions are still waiting for you to apply, check out our list of 2013 Regional Chapter Officers.

If you are interested in applying for a regional chapter officer position, read the roles & responsibilities and contact Miriam Hankins, Membership and Chapter Services Manager, at mhankins [at-sign] gmnetwork [dot] org or (888) 466-1996 Ext. 1.

Events in Person

New England Region Winter Meeting

Thursday, February 7 | 12:00 – 2:00 PM ET | Danvers, Mass.

GMN 8th Annual Conference

Monday, March 18 – Wednesday, March 20 | St. Petersburg, Fla.

Events Online

GMN New Member Orientation Members Only

Thursday, February 7, 2013 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET | Webinar

Minnesota Regional Chapter Meeting Members Only

Wednesday, February 13 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM CT | Call In

Using GMN’s Online Member Community Members Only

Thursday, February 28 | 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET | Webinar

Job Opportunities

Grants Managers Network, Washington, D.C.

Volunteers of America, Washington, D.C.

Cargill Foundation and Cargill’s Corporate Giving Program, Wayzata, Minn.
(access limited to members of Minnesota chapter, Corporate Grantmakers, and International Grantmakers)

American Jewish World Service, New York City
(access limited to members of New York chapter and International Grantmakers)

The Nature Conservancy, Los Angeles

Bohemian Foundation, Fort Collins, Colo.

View all jobs  Members Only

On the Move

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 or call 202-495-0419.


Conference Spotlight

Conference Highlights on the Blog

GMN’s 8th annual conference is just around the corner and we’re adding new highlights and information to our conference blog every day. Tune in to Let’s Meet in St. Pete for session details, the scoop on our host city, vendor profiles, answers to your questions about the conference, and much more.


Join the Conversation

Evaluation and impact is the name of the game. Over the past few months, grantee and impact evaluation has been a popular topic. Check out these discussions:
How does your organization monitor and evaluate grantee progress?   Members Only
Do you have templates that staff use to analyze grant reports?   Members Only
How does your organization assess grant impact? Members Only


Share Your Opinion

Who reviews your grant reports? Members Only

  • Grants Manager
  • Program Officer
  • Financial Staff
  • Other Staff
  • Multiple Staff

Take the poll now »

Top Tip

Members Only

Did you know you can preview your postings to the online community before you save them?Since saving a discussion or other item immediately posts it to the community and sends an email notification to members (and a new email is sent each time you hit save), it’s helpful to take a minute to review what you’ve written before posting. The Preview button is to the right of the Save button at the bottom of the posting page. For more information on posting, see Posting to Online Community on the Help page.

For additional assistance, contact Jamie Amagai at jamagai [at-sign] summitfdn [dot] org or Christine Meek at cmeek [at-sign] cfgfw [dot] org.