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Maryn Boess
National Nonprofit Trainer & Consultant, Founder

In the end, it’s all about evaluation:

  • What is it you’re setting out to do, create, or change with your grant-funded program?
  • And how will you know that you’ve succeeded?

For many grant professionals—even those who’ve been practicing a long time—the whole arena of measuring success is a mystery. What’s the difference between “outcomes” and “objectives”? How do you establish quantifiable measures for intangibles like changes in attitudes, behaviors, or beliefs? Yet the mystery disappears when we understand, first, what it is that funders are looking for from our evaluation plans, and, second, how our evaluation plans support the successful management of our grant-funded programs.

This session will help remove the mystery. Taking a common-sense, down-to-earth approach, we’ll present the must-have tools and must-do techniques for constructing a solid evaluation plan for your program and integrating it into your funding proposals. We'll explore these topics and much more:

  • What does “success” look like in our grant-funded programs?
  • What exactly are “outcomes”?
  • What makes a strong “objective”?
  • What is a “logic model,” and how do I use one in developing evaluation plans for my grant proposals?
  • What kinds of results and reporting do funders want from us—and how do we deliver?
  • What resources are available for measuring our success, and how do we use them?

In this session, you’ll be introduced to GrantsUSA’s step-by-step, fill-in-the-blanks template to guide you in crafting Knock Their Socks Off! outcomes statements—clear, specific, and focused on meaningful change.

About the Presenter

Maryn Boess is a 24-year grant professional with more than $30 million in grant funding to her credit. As founder of GrantsUSA LLC, she created a portfolio of high-quality, low-cost grants information, tools, publications, websites, and training curricula. These include the multi-level Grantsmanship Academy certificate course and the Ultimate Grants Toolkit resource notebook and CD set. A leader in the national grantsmanship field, Maryn travels extensively to share her highly-regarded workshops and seminar presentations on strategies for nonprofit success. Since October 2006, she has also been “on the other side”—managing about $2 million annually in grantmaking for higher education through the Arizona Board of Regents.

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About the Series

We have built the Successful Grants Stewardship webinar series around the principles, tools, and strategies of grantsmanship essentials. Not to be confused with a beginning granstmanship or Grants 101-type program, these are rigorous, content-rich sessions designed for grants novices and veterans alike. The series will show you a new, powerful way to think about your role in the grants field; new, powerful strategies for organizing and managing a successful grants effort; and new, powerful tools for winning corporation, foundation, and government dollars to support your organization’s work.

Price is per connection! Share one connection with your entire development team, Board, and/or staff by projecting the presentation and broadcasting sound via speaker phone. If you plan to share your connection with individuals not directly affiliated with your organization, please contact for permission.

Instructions for connecting to the webinar coming soon.

April 5th, 2013 9:30 AM   through   11:00 AM
NAO Members $ 49.50
Nonmembers $ 55.00
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Presenter Maryn Boess
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