Pre-Conference Workshops

GMN is pleased to offer three pre-conference workshops in 2016:

Learn more below

Pre-Con: Communicate Your Strategic Value

Sunday, March 19  |  1 – 5 p.m.  |  Loews Hollywood Hotel

Pre-Conference Registration Fees

  • Organization members $150
  • Individual members $175
  • Non-members $200

Grants management has evolved well beyond an administrative or compliance role. We are now the central hub for excellence in philanthropic organizations and for effective grantmaking. Learn how to communicate and demonstrate that you are a key strategic partner in achieving your organization’s mission.

At the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Explain your strategic value as a grants manager within your organization
  • Influence colleagues using tips and tools learned in the workshop
  • Realize your professional value within the philanthropic community


Dorie Clark, a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, TIME, Entrepreneur, and the World Economic Forum blog, is a recognized “branding expert” and a former presidential campaign spokeswoman. She has been named to the Huffington Post’s “100 Must Follow on Twitter” list, and to the #Nifty50 list of top women on Twitter. She was also named one of Inc. magazine’s “100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference,” and recognized in Forbes as one of “25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch in 2015.”

Pre-Con: Data Boot Camp

Sunday, March 19  |  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  |  Loews Hollywood Hotel

Pre-Conference Registration Fees

  • Organization members $175
  • Individual members $195
  • Non-members $225

Get the answers to these questions in this interactive workshop:

  • What is big data?
  • What’s the big deal about big data?
  • How can it really help your organization?
  • How can I get more value from the data my organization has?
  • How can I get more data for my organization?

We will apply the concepts we discuss to specific problems facing your organization. By the time you leave, you will know the next steps for making data a valuable asset within your work as a Grants Manager.

Participants will learn:

  • What data is
  • What kinds of problems data is good at solving (and which it is not)
  • How a wide range of organizations, big and small, are using data
  • How to move from data as a raw resource to a valuable asset
  • How to develop data tools and solutions inside your organization


Andrew Means is head of beyond.uptake, the philanthropic and civic innovation arm of Uptake, and Co-Founder at The Impact Lab. Andrew has dedicated his career to creating a more effective and efficient social sector by developing data tools that help organizations improve their impact. Additionally, Andrew is founder of Data Analysts for Social Good, a professional organization for individuals interested in how data, research, and analytics are changing the social sector.


Pre-Con: GM101

Sunday, March 19  |  9 a.m. – 5 p.m.  | Loews Hollywood Hotel

Pre-Conference Registration Fees

  • Organization members $175
  • Individual members $195
  • Non-members $225

GM101 is GMN’s exclusive training workshop designed for professionals who are new to their role in grants management. This includes professionals with backgrounds in accounting, technology systems, program management, and other relevant areas.


  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Grants Management: An Overview
  • De-mystifying 501(c)(3)s
  • The Grantmaking Process
  • View from the Field: Q & A
  • The Grantmaking Environment
  • Continuous Learning
  • Wrap-up

Where Diverse Disciplines Meet

Grants management is often the department where program, finance, communications, application, approval and administrative functions overlap. Grants managers perform a diverse set of tasks and maintain a wide range of professional relationships to ensure high quality grants administration across programs. This integrated day of training:

  • Provides a basic understanding of grants management within grantmaking organizations.
  • Builds awareness of the philanthropic context in which grantmaking takes place including types of grantmakers and grantees.
  • Suggests best practices for grants managers to adopt.
  • Builds an understanding of grantmaking’s legal and regulatory landscape.
  • Shares ways to assess the health and financial sustainability of prospective grantees.
  • Outlines the internal administrative and tracking processes that support a grantmaking cycle.
  • Frames grants management as a profession and offers some suggestions for networking, skill building, learning, and development.
  • Provides opportunities for networking and learning from peers.


Genise T. Singleton is program operations manager for The Kresge Foundation, overseeing day-to-day operations of the grants and program-related investments portfolio. She joined Kresge’s staff in 1995. She assists in the overall development and streamlining of the foundation’s grant processes and procedures, ensuring the proper disposition of grants and program-related investments and grantee compliance. She also reviews Kresge’s grants database.