Let's Talk General Operating Grants

Session materials from PEAK2019.

Take a deep dive into general operating grants. Nonprofits repeatedly request these funds. Yet many grantmakers don’t offer them, and those who do, define and approve general operating grants differently. This session will look at issues related to strategy, budget, eligibility, guidelines, applications, and evaluation for general operating grants. Speakers from a diverse set of foundations that award general operating grants will share their experiences with those grants. Participants will learn about the challenges of and current best practices for managing general operating grants.

Participants will learn about:

The need for general operating grants and how nonprofit use them

Streamlining applications for general operating support

Evaluating general operating grants

Erin Baird

Director of Grants

Allegany Franciscan Ministries

Erin is an experienced grant manager and program officer. She joined Allegany Franciscan Ministries back in 2000. In her role as director of grants, Erin oversees the administration of grant programs for the organization. She also serves as program officer for Allegany Community Out Reach (ACOR), All-Region and St. Clare grant programs. She maintains the web site, grants software, leads survey strategy, and supervises staff.

Erin holds a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Foreign Service and a master’s degree in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University. She also has a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Tampa.

She enjoys volunteering with Girl Scouts of West Central Florida, traveling and watching her two girls play soccer.

Anna Huynh

Senior Grants Manager

Sunlight Giving

​Jaime Dixon

Program Officer - Community Investments

Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg

Ryan Rodriguez

Grants Manager

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Ryan Rodriguez leads the grants management team, ensuring grant and scholarship applications are received and evaluated consistently and effectively. He is responsible for grant and scholarship reporting, analysis and monitoring, and the evaluation and continuous improvement of grant application systems and processes. Prior to joining to the Foundation, Ryan was a communications manager with the Coca-Cola Company, and before that led various aspects of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for many years. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Ryan has an undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi and studied public administration and nonprofit management at Georgia State University.

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • 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.

Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

  • Post-Grant: Review grantmaking to determine success in meeting goals and objectives.