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Does your organization exercise Expenditure Responsibility (ER) on some grants? Do you find yourself wondering if there is a better way to manage ER grants? You can still access the expertise of three grants management professionals who shared tips and resources that help them juggle all of the components of ER. The presentation (which is available on the GMN Online Community) included the pre-grant inquiry, grantee reporting, and tracking/database systems. The presenters also shared sample documents, so you have ready-made templates to revise as needed to fit your organization’s specific ER needs.
Documents from the webinar can be accessed here
With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation for ongoing development and improvement, the Foundation Center is making Philanthropy In/Sight™ available to members of the Grants Managers Network free of charge for one year, through the GMN Member Community.
Philanthropy In/Sight is an interactive mapping tool designed for grantmakers, policymakers, researchers, academics — virtually anyone interested in the impact of philanthropy around the world today.
It combines the Foundation Center’s rich data on grantmakers and their grants with familiar Google maps to tell the story of philanthropy. Choosing from a wide range of customization options, you can quickly create maps that reveal patterns of giving and funding relationships as never before.
Here are just a few things you can do with Philanthropy In/Sight:
- Plot the locations of grantmakers and grant recipients on U.S. and world maps
- Open map “pins” for information on any organization, and drill down for details about grants
- Discover critical connections by cross-linking between funders, recipients, and grants
- Focus on specific issues by choosing from over 1,100 areas of interest
- Uncover critical gaps in funding by country, state, county, city, metro area, congressional district, or ZIP code; and use Google zoom tools to explore near or far
- Assess funding needs and impact with layered demographic and socio-economic data, including over 100 data sets drawn from the American Human Development Project and the U.S. Census Bureau
The 2009 Member Salary and Benefits Report is now available on the GMN Member Community.
The report includes:
- Profiles by job title with further detail by geography, organization type, and asset size
- Information on the staffing and responsibilities of various grants management functions
- A review of current compensation practices, including salary increases and bonuses
- Information on what medical, retirement, leave, and other benefits your colleagues receive
And much more!
A team of volunteers from the Pacific Northwest region has kicked off an effort to reinvigorate GMN’s Pacific Northwest Region and is planning a meeting for Wednesday May 19 in Seattle. The agenda will feature a presentation by GMN Executive Director Michelle Greanias, an educational session on a topic related to reviewing and understanding grantee financial statements, and lunch, including time for networking with your grants management colleagues in the region. Click here for more details.
Thank you to all members who were able to make personal contributions to GMN in 2009. Together, you raised $3,250. Combined with contributions from the entire GMN board, we have an additional $5,500 to build upon and expand GMN’s current resources and networking opportunities like the online Member Community, job board, regional meetings, What Works Webinars, Salary Survey, and GMN Examiner newsletter. We hope you will continue to consider us in your charitable giving plans in 2010. To make a contribution to GMN, click here.
GMN’s own Adin Miller was featured in a January 6, 2010 post on the Tactical Philanthropy Advisors blog. The blog’s creator Sean Stannard-Stockton also contributed an article to the Spring 2009 GMN Examiner.
As part of our branding and communications efforts, a team of GMN members developed a new tagline for the organization: Expertise in Giving.
“Expertise” conveys both the professional expertise of GMN members, but also how GMN connects members to each other’s as well as the organization’s expertise.
“Giving” expresses that our expertise is in grantmaking as well as referring to the giving to each other that members do by participating in GMN.
We think the phrase captures the core of our profession—experts in how grants are made—which is the common thread connecting the diverse job titles and responsibilities of our members.
2010 Conference Preview
The GMN Examiner Editorial Team
The GMN Examiner is published three times a year through the dedicated efforts of GMN members and volunteers.
Ericka Novotny – Editor
Allison Gister – Associate Editor