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Strategy and Evaluation in Grantmaking

November 6, 2017 @ 8:00 AMNovember 7, 2017 @ 5:00 PM

Strategy & Evaluation in Grantmaking

Presented by The Grantmaking School (TGS)

Strategy and Evaluation in Grantmaking is a robust two-day learning experience designed to help grantmakers develop or refine grantmaking strategy and to develop evaluation approaches that support learning and strategy improvement.

Key concepts include:

  • Defining strategic philanthropy
  • Models for strategy development
  • Leveraging a foundation’s toolkit to implement strategy
  • Evaluation design and determining purpose and approach
  • Using evaluation to learn about strategy
  • Managing external evaluation

Instructors: Teri Behrens and Edgar Villanueva

Individual registration: $1,295
TGS alumni registration: $1,165 (enter TGSALUM in the coupon code field when registering)
Group registrations: $1,165 each (enter MULTIPLEDISCOUNT in the coupon code field when registering)

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Course runs 8 AM–5 PM both days. Breakfast and lunch are included.

Teresa (Teri) Behrens, Ph.D. is the director of the Institute for Foundation and Donor Learning and editor in chief of The Foundation Review at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI. The Institute for Foundation and Donor Learning provides professional development resources for donors, foundation staff and those who work with them to implement programs. Behrens joined the Johnson Center in January 2009. She previously served as the director of evaluation for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, providing leadership for the Foundation’s overall evaluation program. From 1995–2001, Behrens consulted in program planning and evaluation for organizations such as the National Science Foundation-supported Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers. From 1990–1995, she was a program officer for the Michigan Strategic Fund for the Michigan Department of Commerce. Behrens holds a doctorate in psychology from North Carolina State University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and English from Case Western Reserve University.

Edgar Villanueva, B.S.P.H., M.H.A. is vice president of programs and advocacy at the Schott Foundation. In this role, Edgar guides the Foundation’s resource delivery strategy, including the provision of grantmaking, communications, network building, and policy advocacy supports for K–12 education equity campaigns across the United States. Edgar began his grantmaking career in 2005 as a Senior Program Officer at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a $600 million health equity-focused foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Later, he served as a Program Officer for the National and Midwest Portfolios at the Marguerite Casey Foundation, a national $700 million private foundation in Seattle, WA. There he managed a multi-million dollar grants portfolio focused on building capacity for progressive change through multi-issue movement building. He has held leadership roles on various philanthropic boards and advisory committees including The Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise National Advisory Committee, Native Americans in Philanthropy and Talent Philanthropy Project. Edgar earned a bachelor of arts from Jackson College of Ministries, a bachelor of science in public health from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master of health administration from the UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health.


November 6, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
November 7, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s The Grantmaking School


Grand Valley State University’s Detroit Center
163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226 United States
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