International Grantmaking: The New Narrative

In this session, the presenters explored the various lenses used in establishing and successfully managing an international grantmaking strategy. Case studies included the corporate funder’s perspective and opportunities related to social responsibility and brand management; how private foundations employ practices that align with organizational goals and values; and how public charity and donor advised funding mechanisms have to grapple with meeting constituency and client expectations within the realms of IRS and in-country regulations. 

Topics of discussion included: geographic considerations of international grantmaking; regulatory bodies and policies that impede grantmaking and the benefits of dialogue and information sharing; best practices for safe international grantmaking; how to give strategically and make impact; and trends and effects of diaspora giving internationally. 

Understand the strategies associated with international grantmaking, learn how to tackle the issue of reputation protection and offer best practices, and see the benefits of and how your organization plays a part in international giving.

Session slides from GMN2016.

​Jessie Krafft

Vice President of Donor Advised and Grant Services

CAF America

Jessie develops and executes services assisting donors with strategic grantmaking, philanthropy planning, and investing charitable assets. She also manages the grants team, overseeing fund management, charity vetting, and grant processing functions. In addition, she is managing the operations of our newest office, CAF Canada

​​Stephanie Duffy

Director of Grants and Information Management

McKnight Foundation

Gawain Patterson

​Operations Manager

Citi Foundation

​Stacey Smida

Grants Manager


Stacey is a member of the Corporate Affairs-Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability team as the grants manager, and she oversees the grants management function that includes implementation of corporate and foundation giving protocols, policies and procedures and collaboratively working with the partnership team to develop consistent processes. Stacey works Cargill's NA Businesses to provide strategic consult and tools to the Cargill Cares Network on local community engagement. She leads Cargill's NA Employee Giving program and she manages the Global Partnership Fund program, an internal matching program that is used by the Cargill Cares network globally. She also manages Cargill’s national partnerships with National FFA and Agriculture Future of America (AFA) engaging Cargill employees and businesses with these partnerships.  Stacey is completing her Board term with PEAK Grantmaking in 2018.