Communicating with Grantees

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 - 10:00am to 11:30am
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How do grantmakers balance the need for progress reports and evaluation data without burdening the lean resources of the nonprofits? This session will focus on techniques to help you stay informed about project progress without overburdening either the grantee or yourself. Mark Sedway and Jessica Bearman will discuss balancing communication strategies with grantees, while also building healthy working relationships and partnerships.

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

Jessica Bearman, Principal, Bearman Consulting, works with foundations and other mission-based organizations, focusing on organization development, facilitation, planning, and R&D to help them become more intentional, effective, and responsive to the communities that they serve. As a consultant and in her prior role as deputy director of New Ventures in Philanthropy, Jessica has written and spoken widely about new and established philanthropy.  Her most recent Project Streamline publication: Practices That Matter, investigates the impact of grantmakers' application and reporting practices on nonprofits.  She - or rather her sassy alter-ego, "Dr. Streamline" - blogs regularly on the topic of funder practices and values. Prior to her work in philanthropy, Jessica spent nine years at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, an environmental nonprofit based in Maryland.  

Mark Sedway directs the Philanthropy Awareness Initiative, a project initiated and supported by the Packard, Gates, Hewlett, Irvine and Robert Wood Johnson foundations to engage more influential Americans in the work of organized philanthropy. He also runs Sedway Associates, a consulting practice that helps foundations and philanthropy organizations use communications to achieve greater impact. With more than 25 years of experience working with public interest organizations, Mark has written reports, made presentations and conducted trainings for a variety of audiences in the philanthropy world. He has a bachelor’s degree in government and a master’s degree in public policy, both from Harvard University.

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

Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula
Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation
Kalamazoo Community Foundation
Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
Saginaw Community 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 and communication to grantees.


CMF Members - $35.00
Non-Members - $70.00


Please contact Deb Palms at or 313-566-2444 Ext. 213.