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Rick Levine, Grant Writer & Trainer

Funder Panel

Bernie Kronberger, Regional Community Affairs Officer
Wells Fargo Bank

Kim Thomas, Program Officer
Meyer Memorial Trust

Randy Choy, Program Officer for Education & Special Funds
The Oregon Community Foundation

Rick Levine, one of the Northwest’s most senior and successful grant writers, will guide you through the ins and outs of grant research, proposal development, and funder relationships. This workshop aims to teach you how to position your organization and its programs for private grants funding. We will explore where grants funding fits in a nonprofit’s overall fundraising plan, including its advantages and limitations. It will specifically address foundation and corporate giving programs, structures, intents, and processes in order to illuminate what grantmakers are looking for and to identify which of your projects might potentially be a fit.

Rick will present information that is critical for success in attracting grants, including:

  • Defining and assessing the fundable idea, program, or project
  • Finding the right funder through both formal and informal research
  • Tailoring your request to meet the funder’s interests
  • Developing funder contact and cultivation strategies and techniques
  • Tracking funder prospects

In the afternoon, the workshop will focus on proposal writing and evaluation as well as funder relationships. In exploring the funder application criteria, we will answer the question—“What will the funder look for?” The proposal writing overview will include:

  • Writing the letter of interest
  • Budgeting
  • Sustainability
  • Submission strategies
  • Reporting and providing “stewardship” effectively
  • Marketing tips

The culmination of this workshop is a panel of representatives from a variety of Oregon's leading private and corporate foundations. Influential, thoughtful, and responsive program officers will discuss how to most effectively present your case in this highly competitive grant-seeking climate. You’ll learn strategies that give your applications a distinct advantage, and gain a deeper understanding of the latest trends and changing foundation and corporation philanthropic priorities and interests. Plus, there will be personal “meet the funder” time.

Recognized by both grantseekers and grantmakers as an extremely effective and enjoyable workshop, don't miss this opportunity to gain new tools and the ability to deploy them in a successful grantseeking effort.

Who Should Attend?

Staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations who are writing grants to Oregon and Southwest Washington private and corporate foundations or who would like to become more familiar with this skill set.

Training Format

This full-day, in-person workshop will be presented in Portland, Oregon to an audience of 30 to 80 participants.

Additional Information

Event fee includes continental breakfast.

If you are registering offline, please indicate on your registration form if you would also like to purchase one of the meal options.

May 8th, 2014 8:30 AM   through   4:00 PM
Mercy Corps, Aceh Lecture Room
45 SW Ankeny Street
Portland, OR 97204
NAO & WVDO Members $ 148.50
Nonmembers $ 165.00
Optional Lunch
Turkey Deluxe with Bacon & Swiss Sandwich $ 10.00
Vegetarian Cobb Salad $ 10.00
Vegan Grinder $ 10.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event?
Topic Fundraiser or Festival
Presenter Rick Levine & Funders Panel
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach

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