From Procedural to Principled: A Short Recent History of Grants Management

This post identifies five major shifts over the past two decades around administrative functions, compliance, transparency, impact measurement, and technology.

Publication date: January 17, 2019

Adam Liebling

Director of Grants Management

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Adam Liebling is a grants management professional with 20 years of grantmaking experience in human rights and social justice, animal welfare, health/science research and policy, humanitarian and disaster response, and education. In his spare time, Adam enjoys traveling with his partner Jasmyn and playing with their cat, Theodorable Buttingtons.

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Communications: Listen to others and communicate effectively.
  • Process and Change Management: Plan and monitor processes efficiently and effectively and manage change as needed to contribute to grantmaker's strategic goals and grantee's success.
  • Staff and Volunteer Development: Build the capacity of staff and volunteers to be successful in their grantmaking role.