Grantmakers in Action

Grantmakers in Action

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Event details

Wednesday, April 19, 2023 to Wednesday, May 3, 2023
9:30am to 12:00pm PDT

About this event

In recent years, foundations have evolved to put equity at the center of their work. As the philanthropic sector changes, so has the role of grantmakers. Join us for our new program, Grantmakers in Action, to deepen your knowledge of the "art of grantmaking," discover the latest in trust-based practices and engage in peer learning alongside fellow grant staff in the Philanthropy Northwest network. 

In this cohort-style learning opportunity, you will plug into conversations and movements around: 

  • Centering racial equity in your grantmaking; 
  • Alternatives to the traditional grantmaking cycle; 
  • Partnership models; and
  • Power dynamics in your role and leveraging your leadership. 

Participants will leave this three-session series with tangible practices to level up your grantmaking, a strong equity lens for your work as well as the tools to apply it and peer connections with grantmakers from philanthropies across the Northwest. Register for the inaugural cohort network to build out your grantmaking toolbox for 2023!  

Who should attend? 

This cohort is open to grantmakers, grant managers, grant support and operations staff. This program is for you if have a foundational understanding of:

  • The traditional grantmaking cycle/process.
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion, including basic definitions and distinctions between these terms. 
  • Philanthropy terms and concepts such as restricted vs unrestricted grant funds, fundamentals of 501(c)(3) structure and limitations, fiscal sponsorship, etc.
  • Origins of philanthropy, including how wealth in philanthropy was generated and how histories of colonization and racism factor into wealth accumulation.   


April 19

Unpacking My Role and the Grant Cycle
Session one is an opportunity to rethink your role and unlearn the conventional grantmaking cycle! We will spend time unpacking the program officer job and covering topics like driving racial equity in funding decisions and navigating ambiguity.  We will explore models to incorporate equity into your grantmaking, including concepts of participatory and trust-based practices. 

April 26 Partnership in Practice
This session is all about how to navigate and mitigate power dynamics, and ultimately strengthen the relationship between funders and grantees. We will examine specific areas where this enters your work, particularly around communication and partnership building, feedback culture, long-term funding and ending a funding relationship. 
May 3 Money and Me: Financials and Repacking my Role
In this two-part session, we will explore both grant financials and close out our series with resources and intentions to carry forward. This session will be an opportunity to learn how to incorporate equity into your financial review process, no matter the size of your organization or grant portfolio.    

Each session will run from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm PT! Participants are expected to commit to attending all three sessions

Please contact JulieAnne Behar with any questions.

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