Successful Structures: Grants Management and the Foundation of the Future

Block B: Monday, March 14  |  1:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Learning Track: Hot Topics  |  Level: General

  • Jessica Bearman, Principal, Bearman Consulting

Grants management professionals’ work has become increasingly vital as funders seek to grow the impact of philanthropic investments, increase transparency, and ensure that internal processes are efficient and effective. Grantmakers are experimenting with new organizational structures and patterns of work to support real-time learning and feedback about effective grantmaking—putting grants management at the center. In this session, we’ll discuss promising structures and behaviors and explore how you can move toward this exciting future in your own organization.

Session participants will:

  • Review findings from the GMN Member Survey and Field Survey about attitudes and perceptions of grants management in the philanthropic sector.
  • Hear case stories of how funders have structured their staff and work for best coordination, communication, and effectiveness.
  • Consider specific strategies to build more “successful structures” in your own organization.