Grant Writing Course: Successful Funding in These Challenging Times

Explore what it really means to collaborate, what current funders are looking for, and why.

Cyndi MacKenzie
3 hours
1 pm ET
Language: English
CFRE - 3 Credits | GPC - 3 Credits

Overview

Theoretically, grant success is all about writing an engaging grant application that assists in securing financial support for the organization. However, the ground reality is that it remains easier said than done.

In this course, certified grant professional Cyndi Mackenzie will analyze what you need to learn from 2017 and how to move forward in 2018. Cyndi will discuss why focusing on leadership and collaboration are the two most important aspects of the grant profession for success in these changing and turbulent times. The course will also introduce to you the six steps of Collective Impact as a model of working collaboratively on social problems.

Learning Points:
  • Federal cuts and increased needs: what we learnt from 2017, the current administration, and how to move forward
  • Understanding the environment your grant department functions in
  • The importance of leadership to the failure or success of your grant progress this year
  • How small non-profits can collaborate just like the larger non-profits, and why they must find a way
Cyndi MacKenzie

Cyndi MacKenzie, a certified grant professional, has won over $22 million dollars in resources for her clients and has been teaching for six years. She has gone from full time employee to owning her own business and providing a full range of grant professional services to non-profits of all sizes in the United States over her thirteen-year career in this field. Cyndi will share her tips of the trade and tools that save her time and get to those winning proposals with humor. She has a wealth of knowledge that can only be gained by years of experience. As a Grant Professional Approved Trainer, a GPA Grant News contributing author, and a member of the Grant Professional Association, Cyndi keeps up-to-date on the latest research and understands the ethical dilemmas being faced in the field.

Session 1

Introduction: Time: 1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT

This session will explore the core competencies of a grant professional: Knowledge of how to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs, knowledge of organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking, knowledge of strategies for effective program and project design and development, knowledge of practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant professionals, knowledge of methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders, and, knowledge of nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grants professionals.

Course Highlights:
  • Lessons learnt from 2017, and how that informs work in 2018
  • Trends in funding and what to expect in the year to come
  • Why focusing on leadership and collaboration are the two most important aspects of the grant profession for success in these changing and turbulent times
Who should attend:
  • Grant managers
  • Grant consultants
  • Grant writers
  • Development directors
  • Ex. directors
  • Volunteer grant writers
  • Board members
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • Health agencies

Session 2

Introduction: Time: 1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT

In this session, Cyndi will discuss ways to secure organizational infrastructure through leadership. She will discuss a number of factors: How the grant department functions in the organization? Who makes the team? What structure and attributes strengthen your ability to be successful as a grant professional? What are the ways to position yourself, your board, your tteam, to gain information and data to best meet the needs of your community?

Course Highlight:

This session will provide a discussion on:

  • The various styles of leadership
  • Structures of development offices
  • BOD relationships and involvement
  • Diversifying funding, and ethics in the grant profession, all in an attempt to be efficient, effective and successful as you move forward in 2018
Who should attend:
  • Grant managers
  • Grant consultants
  • Grant writers
  • Development directors
  • Ex. directors
  • Volunteer grant writers
  • Board members
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • Health agencies

Session 3

Introduction: Time: 1:00 pm ET | 12:00 pm CT

In this session, you will explore what it really means to collaborate, what current funders are looking for and why; what the risks are in collaborating and what could be the benefits. This session will look at the Collective Impact Model and how it is being used by funders to lead non-profits to increased funding and better outcomes.

Course Highlight:

This session will:

  • Introduce the six steps of Collective Impact as a model of working collaboratively on social problems
  • Discuss the pros and cons of collaboration
  • Give a specific example of how one funder is using this model to get non-profits to partner more effectively
Who should attend:
  • Grant managers
  • Grant consultants
  • Grant writers
  • Development directors
  • Ex. directors
  • Volunteer grant writers
  • Board members
  • Non-profit agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • Health agencies
GPC - 3 Credits
CFRE - 3 Credits

Frequently Asked Questions

 
  1. Where can a user access the Grant Writing Course: Series 2

    Answer: The Grant Writing Course: Series 2 is an online live course that begins from March 07, 2018. The course includes three live sessions, one of which will be hosted every Wednesday consecutively for three weeks from the starting date.

     
  2. What will a user get by subscribing for Grant Writing Course: Series 2?

    Answer: This course has three exclusive sessions on grant writing, each spanning over 60 minutes. Every user will receive multiple assignments to work on, and quizzes to test his/her skill level and understanding of this course. Upon completion of this course, the user will get a certificate of completion, as well as 3 GPC credits and 3 CFRE credits.

     
  3. Where can a user access the Grant Writing Course: Series 2?

    Answer: The Grant Writing Course: Series 2is an online Live course that begins from March 07, 2018. The course includes three live sessions, one of which will be hosted every Wednesday consecutively for three weeks from the starting date.

     
  4. Is the course available for purchase in DVD or on-demand format?

    Answer: Every customer will get 1-year access to the personal dashboard. Once the session is done, a recording for the same will be updated in the customer?s dashboard which he/she can access as per his/her convenience. This dashboard will also have all the conferences, assignments, the completion certificate, and more listed for use. The user can use their personal dashboard access to listen to any of these sessions as many times for next one year.

     
  5. For how long will the Grant Writing Course: Series 2 be available?

    Answer: This course will be available for a period of one year (365 days) starting from the date of purchase.

     
  6. What is the system configuration required for this course?

    Answer: There is no specific system configuration needed for accessing this course. The only basic features a user needs to connect to this course are a Flash Player and a decent internet connection.

     
  7. Can multiple people use the Grant Writing Course with a single purchase?

    Answer: One course is accessible to a single user only (per purchase).

     
  8. How can a user purchase the Grant Writing Course: Series 2?

    Answer: A user can make the payment towards this course through any of the following payment modes:

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