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  • Beyond the Recycling Bin: Greening Practices of Grantmakers

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    A report on paper use, energy efficiency, and green travel practices of GMN member organizations. Publication date: 2010

    In 2009, the Grants Managers Network (GMN) surveyed its membership to determine if grantmaking organizations are going “beyond the recycling bin” in their greening practices. The survey was designed to answer three key questions: 

    1. What greening practices are currently in use by grantmaking organizations? 

    2. What variables affect the number and type of practices grantmakers will implement? 

    3. What are the perceived barriers to greening?

  • Short Talk: Change Your Beliefs and Increase Your Value

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Session presentation from GMN2016.

    How do you see your value within the organization you are part of? Do you see yourself as more than a provider of requested information? Do you believe you could be higher up on the organizational chart? Would you like to have decision-making power or be included in programmatic, leadership or other meetings but are not? Do you feel you could be contributing more if leadership would just give you a chance? These experiences can drain our energy and create daily frustrations that keep us stuck and unfulfilled, yet it doesn’t have to be that way! Learn how to recognize and change the limiting beliefs that create our negative experiences at work, and how to cultivate the beliefs and behaviors that increase your contribution and role within the organization. Change your beliefs, change your results.

    Session presentation from GMN2016.

    ​Wendy Watson-Hallowell

    Belief Coach

    BeliefWorks

    Wendy is passionate about enabling individuals, organizations and communities to value themselves and each other in the ongoing process of change. She has guided hundreds of individuals and over 750+ public and private sector organizations to achieve tangible increases in impact and performance. Wendy’s skills have been honed in leadership and mentoring roles at MTV Networks, The Rensselaerville Institute, and the nonprofit she runs in her town. In 2015 she became The Belief Coach and offers Belief Coaching as a way to address the root cause of what limits the results we can achieve both personally and professionally. This is an 'upstream' solution to change. Instead of changing limiting behavior, she focuses on changing the limiting beliefs that drive that behavior. In all cases, her clients and partners speak to the specific increases in achievement that her consulting, coaching and partnership roles make possible.

  • Short Talk: Five Technical (and One Non-Technical) Trends That Will Change Grants Management Forever

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Session slides from GMN2016.

    Armed with a stopwatch, a super computer the size of a credit card, and a Magic 8 Ball, Suki O’Kane introduced key technological trends that will influence the practice and philosophies of grants management.

    Session slides from GMN2016.

    Suki O'Kane

    Director of Administration

    Walter & Elise Haas Fund

  • Short Talk: Mentoring: It's Not What You Think

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Session slides from GMN2016.

    Being a mentor is to be a wise, loyal adviser, a teacher or a coach. But becoming a mentor is an organic process nurtured over time. This session covered the basics of mentoring and mentorships, including how to find a mentor to help you meet your goals and how to become a mentor yourself.

    Session slides from GMN2016.

    ​Dr. Audrey J. Murrell

    Associate Dean, College of Business Administration

    University of Pittsburgh

    Dr. Murrell is also Director, David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Psychology, Public and International Affairs, and Kenneth R. Woodcock Faculty Fellow, Organizations and Entrepreneurship

  • Short Talk: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Grants Managers

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Session slides from GMN2016.

    When it comes to organizational learning and continuous improvement, grants managers are at the center of the action. Based on conversations with members, GEO has identified seven habits of highly effective grants managers who play a critical role in helping their foundations become learning organizations. Which habits are already a part of your work? Which ones do you need to develop? This presentation challenges conventional expectations and presents a different way of thinking that empowers grants managers to define their roles as “Learners-in-Chief.”

    Session slides from GMN2016.

    ​Heather Peeler

    Vice President of Member and Partner Engagement

    Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO)

  • SmartSimple: Outcomes Based Granting – A Client Success Story on the SmartSimple Platform

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Session slides from GMN2016. A vendor-sponsored session.

    Outcome-based granting has become a vital part of foundation management. With greater need for transparency, grantmaking has become more results driven than ever before. Yet outcome measurement remains a challenge because of the change management processes required as well as the technology requirements to support the framework. 

    Participants discussed outcome-based granting methodologies by taking a deep dive into a global top-10 foundations' use of SmartSimple. We’ll show how they successfully leveraged technology to support impact measurement around foundation processes and management.

    Session slides from GMN2016. A vendor-sponsored session.

    ​Malcolm Klotz

    Founder & CTO

    Re-Solved

    Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Business Solutions, Re-Solved. An entrepreneurial minded business analyst who thrives on problem solving big or small. A driven, strategic thinker who understands and implements the necessary harmony between technology and operations.  Malcolm has spent the past 12 years delivering software and implementation services primarily in the philanthropic sector. He takes pride in providing innovative and automated business solutions that "Re-Solve" client's existing and outdated processes.

  • Software for Small Foundations

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Session slides from GMN2016.

    As a foundation with under 20 staff members, what software tools should you be considering for your organization? The presenter took a tour through a number of different administrative needs, including email and calendaring, grants management, board collaboration, and online communications, and discussed software tools and solutions that have worked for other small foundations. 

    Participants received an overview of available software applications suitable for small foundations, learned how a small foundation’s current way of doing things can be improved upon through a new or different software application, and learned how to determine what type of applications your foundation needs.

    Session slides from GMN2016.

    ​Laura Quinn

    Director of Partnerships and Knowledge

    Idealware

  • The Three Rs for Successful International Grantmaking: Regulation, Risk, and Reputation

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Session slides from GMN2016. A vendor-sponsored session.

    Our society is now more globally connected than ever before. It is therefore crucial that advisors begin to understand international grantmaking and how best to navigate its complexities. This session educated attendees on the IRS regulations that affect international grantmaking and the various grant options available to advisors. Attendees also learned about the risks associated with international grantmaking and how to limit them. Lastly, this session tackled the issue of reputation protection and offer best practices that are simple to implement.

    See also "Creating a Campus: A Donation of Foreign Real Estate," a case study, in the Knowledge Center.

    Session slides from GMN2016. A vendor-sponsored session.

    Ted Hart

    CEO

    CAF America

  • What We All Need to Know About Nonprofit Audited Financials

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Session slides from GMN2016.

    Many funders require audited financial statements as a part of a nonprofit’s grant application; however, staff often do not have the skills to review the reports. In this session, presenters discussed how to dissect, interpret, and understand the audited financial statements of the organizations you fund. Participants learned what to look for when reviewing the audited financials, telltale signs that the organization needs more than just your funding support; what to do when you find something out of the ordinary; why this review is important; and why it’s becoming a responsibility of grants managers. 

    Session participants learned how to assess the financial health of grantseeking organizations by learning to dissect, interpret, and understand audited financial statements; learned how to recognize if an organization needs more than funding support; and the telltale signs you should look for when reading and interpreting financial reports.

    Session slides from GMN2016.

    Christopher Petermann

    Partner

    PKF O'Connor Davies

    Christopher Petermann, CPA, has over 30 years of experience serving a multitude of exempt organizations and is a frequent speaker on a variety of exempt organization topics. He authors many of his firm’s monthly Private Foundation bulletins and has published a number of articles including “Alternative Investments/Home Runs or Strike Outs.”

    Chris is a board member and chair of Exponent Philanthropy. He is a board and finance committee member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra as well as a board and audit committee member of Partners for Health (a community foundation). Additionally, Chris is a board member and treasurer of the William F. Grupe Foundation and most recently was appointed board member as well as a member of the audit and compensation committees of the Kearny Financial Corporation. 


    ​Thomas Blaney

    Partner and Director of Foundation Services

    PKF O'Connor Davies

  • Working Well with Your Grantees

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    Session slides from GMN2016.

    Research from The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) shows that grantees perceive funders as making more of an impact on their organizations, their local communities, and their fields when they have stronger relationships with their funders. Relationships matter, and should be at the heart of every grantmaker’s work. Yet a wide gap in perception persists, with many grantmakers believing they have great relationships with grantees, and many grantees reporting mediocre experiences with funders. 

    In this practical session, participants focused on the complex and achievable ways to build excellent relationships with grantees in service of their foundation’s mission. Participants learned both from CEP’s research and from each other. 

    Session participants explored how strong funder-grantee relationships—high-quality interactions and clear, consistent communication—impact the intended outcomes desired by grantors and grantees; learned how research with 50,000+ grantees suggests specific practices that strengthen funder-grantee relationships and consider the execution of those practices at foundations; and reflected on successful and challenging experiences grants managers have with grantees—including hearing case studies of high-performing grantmakers—to inform the development of increasingly effective practices.

    Session slides from GMN2016.

    ​Naomi Orensten

    Manager, Assessment and Advisory Services

    The Center for Effective Philanthropy