June 7, 2017

To the College Graduates in My Life

Congratulations on an important milestone in your life! Your college degree is an asset – an asset like owning a home, mutual fund or comfortable pair of shoes. Treat it as such and use it well. Some career advice that has stayed with me over the years: Have an attitude […]
December 2, 2016

Funder Panel: Tips to Pet Peeves

I have always appreciated my role as the grant seeker versus having to be the grant maker. Listening to the funder panel at 2016 GPA Conference in Atlanta reinforced to me how difficult it is for grant makers to serve communities with limited grant funds, limited time and limitless requests. […]
November 29, 2016

Grant Writers: Standing Up with Others

Speaker Darian Rodriguez Heyman, who is a fundraiser, social entrepreneur and best-selling author, lifted up the crowd of 700 grant writers at the Grant Professional Association 2016 Opening Session on November 9 in Atlanta. He called roll to “Stand up if you. . . Stood up for civil rights in […]
October 20, 2016

Grant Writers Inform and Inspire

Four foundation professionals offered advice and insights about the grant making process at the October 13, 2016 Conference of the Kentucky Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association in Louisville. Moderator Karen Jones, Consultant Megan McDougall, Community Impact Grants Manager, Lift a Life Foundation Barry Allen, Executive Director, Gheens Foundation Tiffany […]
December 14, 2015

Promoting High Performance: A Framework for Social Service Excellence

Julie Russell, MSW, LCSW, Sr VP Planning and Evaluation United Way of Greater St. Louis provided an insightful presentation that spoke to funders and grantees. Highlights: What is happening in social service sector: Client needs more complex Increased demand Fragmented systems Technology Pay for performance Learn to fail fast! Need […]
December 7, 2015

In These Times: The Ethics of Diversity and Inclusion

Janice Gow Pettey, Ed.D. is one of the premier thought leaders on nonprofit diversity and ethics and is the author of Cultivating Diversity in Fundraising. Her presentation – full of puzzles, stories and insights – was thought provoking and useful. Her presentation is especially engaging as she inserts personal stories […]