Tuesday, May 22, 2018
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. (PST)

Event Description

Inside the Grantmaker’s Black Box: What Really Happens When You Push “Submit” On Your Grant Proposal!

Maryn Boess, Founder, GrantsMagic U

You know that feeling on Deadline Day … … when you finally push the SUBMIT button and say good-bye to your grant proposal as it disappears – for weeks, months, even forever – while you wait to find out whether it’s going to be funded or not … That space between “submit” on one side – and “notification” on the other - is what we call The Grantmaker’s Black Box. That’s where everything happens to decide which proposals are awarded … and which aren’t. Yet for those of us on the grantseeking side, what happens inside the Black Box is virtually invisible – as if our proposal has vanished into a deep mysterious world we can’t see, can’t influence, can’t begin to understand.

But what if you could hop inside a real-life Grantmaker’s Black Box and get an up-close, real-world insider’s look at what goes on there? In this fast-paced, eye-opening live training, you’ll join veteran grants officer Maryn Boess for a unique journey into the heart of the Grantmaker’s Black Box. * You’ll navigate the 8 typical Checkpoints your proposal has to clear on its way from Deadline Day to You Got the Grant. * You’ll eavesdrop on reviewers’ behind-the-scenes conversations about what they love – and what makes them grumpy. * You’ll put on your Grantmaker’s Cap as you learn what really happens in the final decision-making … and why in the end the points no longer matter. Be ready for plenty of surprises, aha!s and hmm’s as Maryn shares story after story about real life inside the Grantmaker’s Black Box – and tons of takeaways you can put to work immediately on behalf of your own nonprofit and community.

About the Presenter

Maryn Boess, Founder, GrantsMagic U

Over her 20+ year career in the nonprofit world, Maryn Boess has been an on-staff program developer and grantwriter, an independent grants consultant, a grants project manager, a grants trainer, a grants reviewer, author, speaker, mentor, and coach, and-- yes-- for the past 10 years, even a grantmaker. GrantsMagic U, launched in Fall 2015, is the "virtual academy" she created to make her extensive portfolio of practical and inspiring trainings on successful grantsmanship available (and affordable!) for anyone, anytime, anywhere. See all of GrantsMagic U's courses here!

Produced in Partnership with GrantsMagicU

This webinar is produced in partnership with GrantsMagic U. Registration is through the GrantsMagic U website. For questions, please contact

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May 22nd, 2018 9:00 AM   through   10:30 AM
Online Event
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Development & Fundraising, Operations & Planning
Presenter Maryn Boess
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding

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