Taking on Risk While Making Grants

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:30am

When is it a good idea to take a risk on a proposal or project, and when is it better to take a different route?  Due diligence requires you to eliminate risk, but there are times when it is defensible—or even necessary—to take on risk while making grants. With Paul Connolly’s experience as the Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services at Bessemer Trust, he will encourage participants to identify their comfort with risk, how to identify those projects where risk-taking is justifiable, and how to become more comfortable in taking on risk.

*Completion of this webinar counts toward the CMF-JCP Grantmaking Series Certificate of Completion - More Details

Paul Connolly is the Principal and Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services at Bessemer Trust.  He is responsible for directing the Philanthropic Advisory Services department and working closely with clients to help develop and pursue their philanthropic interests, define their grantmaking strategies and achieve their social impact goals. He has formerly served at TCC Group and Nonprofit Facilities Fund. He is a published author and volunteers in a variety of capacities, including serving on the board of the Nathaniel Wharton Fund, and committees of The Foundation Center, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and Headlands Center for the Arts.  Read Paul's full bio here.

You can participate in this webinar from your desk or at one of the following host sites!

Bay Area Community Foundation
Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
The Kresge Foundation

(If you are going to participate at one of the host sites, please select it during the registration process)


Staff and leadership of any grantmaker interested in strengthening their grantmaking or changing their culture to assume more risk.


CMF Members - $35.00
Non-Members - $70.00


Please contact Deb Palms at dpalms@michiganfoundations.org or 313-566-2444 Ext. 213.