Monthly Archives: July 2009

Forum Announces Grantmaker Education Grant Recipients!

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our grantmaker education grant program! The grants are part of the Forum’s national leadership project, funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, to strengthen the regional associations’ capacity to collectively and markedly improve the quality of grantmaker education. With Hewlett’s generous support we were able to fund six of the twelve submitted proposals to regional associations working in partnership with peer organizations to develop, pilot, and evaluate new or adapted education programs.

Fifteen regional associations are partners in the six funded projects, which focus on a variety of topics. Ohio Grantmakers Forum, Connecticut Council on Philanthropy, and Maine Philanthropy Center will work with Millennium Communications Group and the Philanthropy Awareness Initiative to develop and test a half-day workshop to communicate more effectively with grantees and other community influentials during the economic downturn. Philanthropy Northwest, Associated Grant Makers, the Council of Michigan Foundations, and the Donors Forum will collaborate to provide resources to complete the development and support of the Project Streamline workshop.

Two consortia received grants to develop educational programming related to corporate giving. One partnership includes Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, Southeastern Council of Foundations, Iowa Council of Foundations, and Donors Forum of Wisconsin and the other includes Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, Donors Forum of South Florida and San Diego Grantmakers.

The Donors Forum, Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, and Council of Michigan Foundations will work with Grantmakers for Effective Organizations to create programming to enhance the effectiveness of grantmakers’ support of their nonprofit grantees in these and ongoing challenging times. Finally, the Council of Michigan Foundations, Donors Forum, Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, and Ohio Grantmakers Forum will leverage the model learning, support, and dissemination system developed through the National Standards initiative to continue the delivery of community foundation curricula through regional associations.

To read a summary of funded projects, click here (DOC).

For more information on any of these projects please contact Mary O’Neill.