Tying Grant Practices to Foundation Values

Many in the philanthropic sector are talking about big ideas such as equity and inclusion, narrowing the power gap in our sector, being authentically engaged in our communities, listening and learning from our partners, and living our values in our practice. With this webinar, move from conversation to action. Learn from your peers at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation about the process they used to define a philosophy of grant practice that stems from their guiding principles and how they continue to question and revise their practices.

Thoughtfully examine how your values are reflected in practices and share questions and concerns with your peers. If you missed this session at the conference (it was packed!) take advantage of this encore presentation.

Viewers will learn about:

  • Analyzing and codifying the relationship between a foundation’s grantmaking practice and its values
  • Questions and constraints on aligning foundation grantmaking practices and values
  • Working together toward greater alignment between foundation values and practices

Original air date: April 25, 2019

Webinar run time: 48 minutes

​Aimée Bruederle

Grants Officer, Global Development and Population Program

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Aimée Bruederle is Grants Officer for the Global Development and Population program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She partners with program staff on the operational aspects of international grantmaking. Prior to joining the Hewlett Foundation, Aimée worked as a grants manager at the Tides Foundation. Aimée holds a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. In addition, she obtained a specialization in international business at the Copenhagen Business School. She earned her Master’s in Public Health with an emphasis on Women’s and Reproductive Health from Johns Hopkins University in May 2017.

Brooke Treadwell

Grants Officer

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Brooke Treadwell is a grants officer for the Education program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She is responsible for grantmaking operations, practices and data analysis across the foundation’s strategies for Open Educational Resources and K-12 Teaching and Learning.

Brooke has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working most recently at UNESCO, where she implemented education policy reforms in Burma/Myanmar. Prior to that she was senior associate at the DeBoer Foundation where she managed a portfolio of grants supporting education and global development projects.

Melissa Sines (Moderator)

Programs and Knowledge Director

PEAK Grantmaking

Melissa leads PEAK Grantmaking’s work to identify effective, efficient, and equitable philanthropic practices and advocate for their adoption by grantmakers.

Prior to joining PEAK Grantmaking, Melissa was the education and accreditation director at Maryland Nonprofits and the Standards for Excellence Institute, where she oversaw nonprofit accreditation and the association’s learning community.

Melissa is currently a board member at the Maryland Center for Economic Policy. She also serves as co-chair for the United Philanthropy Forum's Program Committee and on the Funder's Planning Committee for the Frederick County Nonprofit Summit. She has served on committees for Independent Sector, the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, the Frederick Giving Project, and numerous other nonprofits in her local community.

Melissa is a self-professed nonprofit dork and accidental techie. She is passionate about organizing people and projects to promote social justice.

Grants Management Professional Competency Model

Cross-Cutting Competencies

  • Strategic Management: Promote organizational mission and goals and inspire colleagues to achieve them.

Lifecycle of a Grant Competencies

  • Planning and Pre-Grant: Apply the grantmaker values, mission, and goals to ensure alignment of application process and guidelines.

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