Reports & Other Publications


2014 Conference Session Summaries

GMN produces written summaries of its most popular annual conference sessions to allow those unable to attend the sessions, or the conference, to access the knowledge and information shared at the conference.


Summaries are provided complimentary to contributing organization members and those who attended the conference. You will receive a link via email.



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2013 Salary & Jobs Survey Report

GMN's 2013 Salary & Jobs survey compiles data from hundreds of grants management professionals to provide an accurate picture of the work and compensation of grants managers at various types of organizations and with varying levels of experience.

Those who participated in data collection can get a complimentary copy of the report, which is available for purchase for others looking for the definitive assessment of grants manager salary and jobs.

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Assessing the How of Grantmaking

Assessing the How of Grantmaking reviews five core questions every grantmaker should be able to answer about how it makes grants, recommended indicators to measure the effectiveness of current practices, and advice on how to find and present the results.  

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Conference Session Summaries


Written summaries of our most popular annual conference sessions enable attendees to maximize their learning. Session summaries also bring conference content to non-attendees.

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The Paper Diet

Based on surveys and interviews with GMN members, the Paper Diet report reveals how grantmakers can make improvements in their efforts to go paperless to increase efficiency, effectiveness, and environmental awareness. 


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GMNsight: Advancing Grantmaking

GMN's new professional journal is written by and for grants managers. Our first issue sets the stage with an overview of the brave new world of grants management and the increasingly complex and critical role that grants managers play in the world of philanthropy. 

Read the Summer 2012 edition 


2012 IT Survey Report

This report is designed to empower grantmaking organizations with information on new trends and insights into what peer organizations are doing so that they can make better decisions about the technology they use to support their missions. 

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Read the Full Report  


Guide to Streamlining

The Guide to Streamlining series is a set of tools and resources to help grantmakers apply Project Streamline’s four streamlining principles. Each tool is a stand-alone resource, allowing you to focus on the areas that matter to you at the right time for change.


Conference Proceedings

GMN produces written summaries of its most popular annual conference sessions to allow those unable to attend the sessions, or the conference, to access the knowledge and information shared at the conference. Learn more about and purchase the summaries.  


GM Guide

The GM Guide is the only source of comprehensive grants management information. Its online format means you’ll always have the most current information available. Learn more about and purchase the GM Guide.  


A Consumer's Guide to Grants Management Software

Greening reportA Consumer’s Guide to Grants Management Software compares 20 grants management software products, describing the core strengths and weaknesses of each system, showing how they stack up against each other across a set of 17 different criteria, and detailing how each system addresses more than 125 different criteria. The grants management software marketplace has never had a better set of options to support effective and efficient grantmaking, and this report helps grantmakers understand how all these options compare.

This free publication can be downloaded here.

A supplement to the report, comparing software available for community foundations and donor-advised funds, is also available.

This free publication can be downloaded here.


Body of Knowledge

What Grants Managers Know and Do

Greening reportThe Body of Knowledge (BOK) is a framework of knowledge held by grants management professionals throughout the field of philanthropy.

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Beyond the Recycling Bin: Greening Practices of Grantmakers

Greening reportAs a field committed balancing social awareness and stretching each dollar to maximize mission achievement, philanthropic organizations should be at the forefront of the greening movement. Beyond the Recycling Bin is free report to help grantmaking institutions better understand greening options, the current practices of peers, and the perceived barriers to greening.

The publication can be downloaded here.


Staffing Grants Management

Defining the Standards for Philanthropy

The staffing needs and duties of the grants management function vary between foundations. This booklet was created as a guide to inform the philanthropic community about the diverse tasks assigned to - and staffing needs necessary for - the grants management function. It defines the numerous roles of grants management and its importance as the department in a foundation in which program, finance, communications, application, approval and administrative functions overlap. To download a PDF of this document click here.