Sep 01, 2015-
Sep 01, 2015
08:00AM - 10:30AM
Grant Seeking & Writing Best Practices / Foundation Directory Online
Grant workshop
Volunteer Center of Sonoma County
Event Description

Grant Seeking & Writing Best Practices / Foundation Directory Online

Presented by Teri McClanahan

Foundation Directory Online1. Search Grantmakers Screen
    Search Fields
    Search Options/Variations
    Saving Search
2. Reading Results of Search
    Does foundation have limitations?
    Geography—will they fund here?
    Application Process—Closed, Invite, LOI or Proposal
    Strategic Focus—has it changed?
    Funding cycle
    Review of Foundation 990
3. Proposal Decision Tree—Should you submit proposal
    Review of Proposal Decision Tree
4. Tips for writing proposals
    Considerations for both government and foundation  proposals
Writing Style

Teri McClanahan is currently a Consultant and sole proprietor of McClanahan Consulting. Before starting her own business, she held the position of Director of Finance and Administration for the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County from February 2014 through February 2015. Prior to that, she served as the Director of Planning and Resource Development (PRD) from July 2010 –February 2014. She brings over 15 years of experience in non profit administration and community development. As Director of Finance and Administration she was responsible for the Fiscal operations and Information Technology and Facilities for the agency. As the Director of PRD, she was responsible for two strategic areas: Planning and Resource Development, and the Center for Economic Success. Duties included management and direction of the following: Grants Development Management, and research and design of emerging practices and programs. Responsibilities included insuring the completion of all re-applications to maintain base of $9 million in operating funds; research, develop, and secure new funding opportunities; new program development; program evaluation and compliance; Manage and supervise Center for Economic Success: Bundled services include: VIA/EITC, Financial Fitness/IDA Program, Microenterprise Business Development, Rent-Up, Rental Assistance. She participated in Agency strategic planning and implementation of the strategic plan through fund development and program implementation. Capitalizing upon skills and knowledge gleaned from 8 years in Corporate America prior to venturing into the non-profit arena, she is able to wed her experiences to bring a view and understanding of the needs of both to forge alliances to create collective impact around issues of workforce development and self-employment.

Fee: $25.00

Contact Information
Name: Donna LaGraffe     Email:
Phone: 707-573-3399      Fax: 707-573-3380



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