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Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking

May 15 @ 12:30 pmMay 16 @ 4:30 pm EDT

Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking: May 15 & 16, 2024

A two-day course for program officers — both those new to their role and veterans looking to refine their process.

Proposal solicitation and analysis are essential skills for grantmaking. Why, what, and how projects and organizations are identified and funded can have a lasting impact on local communities — or even more broadly if the work is replicated or scaled.

Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking is designed to challenge grantmakers to learn as much about the grantee organization, program, and community as possible so that opportunities to build capacity and partnerships are recognized and supported.

This course is equally valuable for program officers new to the role, or veterans looking to refine their process. Participants will explore how the processes of proposal solicitation and analysis set the stage to advance equity and authentically share power with community organizations while working within the context of a foundation’s overall mission and grantmaking philosophy.

Join your peers from the field and discover how you can design and implement an equitable, efficient, and clear proposal process.

Individual Rate: $995
Group Rate: $950 per person for groups of 3 or more from the same organization
First-Time TGS Attendee: $950 (use promo code TGSFIRSTCOURSE)
TGS Alumni: $950 (use promo code TGSALUM45)


Format: Virtual
Instructors: Matthew Henkes & Bethany Miller
Deadline to register: Friday, May 3

This course takes place over two days and participants are expected to attend the entirety of both days. Participants will be expected to participate in polls, breakout sessions, and discussions either verbally or via chat.

Please Note: Registration is limited to 30 participants. It will NOT be recorded.

Meeting Dates & Times

Participants will meet virtually on Wednesday, May 15 from 12:30–4:30 p.m. and again on Thursday, May 16 from 12:30–4:30 p.m. (ET).

Day One:

  • Foundation strategy, approach, and risk management
  • Right-sizing the proposal solicitation and application process
  • Core elements of a proposal and what makes a good proposal
  • Alignment with foundation criteria

Day Two:

  • Overview of equitable due diligence
  • Recognizing and leveraging opportunities for capacity building
  • Power dynamics, trust-building, and stakeholder engagement
  • Communicating the decision

Course Instructors

Photo: Matthew Henkes
Matthew Henkes, M.A., M.P.A., is vice president of grants and initiatives at the Iowa West Foundation. Matthew is responsible for leading how the foundation evaluates its work, considers equity through its grantmaking and helps grantees build their capacity. He previously managed Iowa West’s placemaking portfolio, including grants and initiatives in the areas of community development, beautification, recreation, arts/culture, and housing. Learn more about Matthew.

Photo: Bethany Miller
Bethany Miller, M.P.A., is deputy director of learning & impact at Ascendium Education Philanthropy, part of Ascendium Education Group. Her responsibilities include overseeing a team focused on metrics, evaluations, and internal learning practices that strengthen Ascendium’s strategy and operations. Learn more about Bethany.

Who should attend this course?

This course is intended for foundation staff, donors, and others engaged in grantmaking. If you do not fit this profile but are interested in attending, please email emily.brenner@gvsu.edu before registering.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

This course may be subject to cancellation if it does not reach the minimum number of registrants. In the event of a cancellation, you will be notified at least two weeks before the course start date and will be offered a full refund or the option to transfer your registration to another Johnson Center course. Refund requests for any other reason must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Questions about this event or about your registration?

Call 616-331-7585 or email emily.brenner@gvsu.edu.


May 15 @ 12:30 pm EDT
May 16 @ 4:30 pm EDT
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