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Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking

November 10 @ 12:30 PMNovember 11 @ 4:30 PM EST

Proposal Analysis in Grantmaking
We’re online! This workshop will be presented online through Zoom. All registrants will receive the access link and password via email the day before the event.

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.

Instructors: Teri Behrens and Caroline Altman Smith
Deadline to Register: Wednesday, October 21

Meeting Dates & Times

This course takes place over two days. Participants will meet virtually on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 12:30–4:30 p.m. and again on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 12:30–4:30 p.m. (ET)

This course is a live, interactive experience. It will not be recorded or made available to registrants after the end of the live session.

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


Individual Registration: $595
Group Registration: $565 per participant
TGS Alumni: $565 (use promo code TGSALUM30)

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 tara.baker@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 offering. Refund requests for any other reason must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of the course.

Photo: Teri Behrens

Teri Behrens, Ph.D. is the executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University and is the founder and editor in chief of The Foundation Review, the Johnson Center’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal on philanthropy. Learn more about Dr. Behrens.
Photo: Caroline Altman Smith
Caroline Altman Smith, M.A. is deputy director of The Kresge Foundation’s Education Program. She supports the team’s domestic grantmaking, which funds higher education institutions and national nonprofit organizations that work to help more underserved students enter and succeed in post-secondary education. Learn more about Caroline.


November 10 @ 12:30 PM EST
November 11 @ 4:30 PM EST
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