Throughout 2014, the Johnson Center has partnered with the Council of Michigan Foundations to offer the grantmaking series, a practitioner-led learning series that teaches the techniques of effective grantmaking. This program is designed to be accessible and affordable but also highly practical.

Participants who complete the series will receive a Certificate of Completion. To be eligible for the certificate, participants must complete four of the six webinar offerings and

  • one full-day on-the-ground session, or
  • two half-day on-the-ground sessions, or
  • one half-day on-the-ground session and Evaluation for Grantmakers 101 and 102 at the CMF Annual Conference.

The 2014 Grantmaking Series:

Upcoming Topics:

Evaluation for Grantmakers 101 and 102, October 29-30 – 42nd Annual Conference (Traverse City)

The 2015 Grantmaking Series:

Upcoming Topics:

Capturing the Past to Inspire the Future–Best Practices & Tough Challenges When Documenting Your Family’s Philanthropic History, December 9 (Hosted Webinar)

Linking The Strategic and Evaluation Plans & Grants Management System, January 20 (Hosted Webinar)

Judging the Soundness of Proposals, March 3 (Hosted Webinar)

Funding Operating Support, July 14 (Hosted Webinar)

Strengthening the Grant Review Process, September 21 (Hosted Webinar)

Past Topics:

Strategic Planning: Managing the People and the Process, January 21 (Hosted Webinar)

Choosing the Right Projects to Fund, February 20 (Johnson Center, Grand Rapids)

Judging the Soundness of Proposals, March 5 (Grand Valley University Detroit Center)

An Introduction to Financial Tools and Tips When Analyzing Grants, March 26 (originally March 25) (Hosted Webinar)

Taking on Risk While Making Grants, April 22 (Hosted Webinar)

Problem Grants and Exit Strategies, May 27 (Hosted Webinar)

Grant Due Diligence, June 24 (Hosted Webinar)

Financial Tips and Tools When Analyzing Grants: A Deeper Dive, September 16 (Kalamazoo)

Communicating with Grantees, September 23 (Hosted Webinar)

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