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Maryn Boess is a 2013 CFRE Approved Provider for Continuing Education. Participation in all eight 90-minute sessions of Successful Grants Stewardship is applicable for 12.0 points in Category 1.B—Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification. Individual sessions are applicable for 1.5 points each.

Maryn Boess, National Nonprofit Trainer & Consultant
Founder, GrantsUSA

Make no mistake about it: Grantseeking is a people-driven process. And key to your success is the grantmakers themselves—the people who make the decisions about awards from corporate, foundation, and government sources.

But who are these people? How do we connect with them? And what do they want from us, anyway?

Being a grantmaker isn't as easy as you might think. In this session, we’ll take a realistic, from-the-trenches look at grantmaker research and relationships. You'll get an inside look at a day in the life of a typical grantmaker. You'll learn what grantmakers love, what makes them grumpy—and how you can be sure you're delivering what they really, really want! Among the topics we’ll cover:

  • Who are “grantmakers”? And what do they really, really want from us?
  • How to identify and connect with the grantmaker’s philanthropic mission
  • Seven steps to successful grants research
  • Grantmakers share: Eight qualities of exemplary proposals
  • Creating relationships that work—for you

In this session, you’ll be introduced to GrantsUSA’s exclusive Is This Funding Opportunity Right For Us? checklist to help you and your team become crystal-clear about whether a specific grant process will sabotage or support your organization’s mission, vision, and values.

About the Presenter

Maryn Boess is a 24-year nonprofit and grants 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. Since October 2006, she has been “on the other side,” managing about $1 million annually in grantmaking for higher education through the Arizona Board of Regents. A resident of Portland since early 2011, Maryn now consults with community-based organizations on program visioning, design, and evaluation with a focus on an exploratory process she developed called Community Change Mapping. She travels nationally to share her highly-regarded workshops and seminar presentations on strategies for public- and social-sector success.

Sneak Preview Videos

Check out these three short video excerpts for quick tips and tricks, and a sneak preview of the grants webinar series:

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.

May 9th, 2014 9:30 AM   through   11:00 AM
NAO/INC/WN Members $ 49.50
Nonmembers $ 55.00
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Presenter Maryn Boess
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