Build and Maintain Grantee Relationships

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As the issues that foundations address become more complex, so too become the relationships that grantmakers must build and maintain with grantees. When nonprofits begin to collaborate, partner and scale, grantmakers must adapt to become connectors and conveners while still managing the power dynamics of being the one with the checkbook. If this is one of the issues that keeps you up at night, join this webinar to hear from your grantmaking peers who have advice to share from their years of experience.

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George Jacobsen, senior program officer, cultural and civic vitality William Davidson Foundation

George oversees the Arts and Culture and Signature Spaces strategies. He identifies and shapes grants to promote and expand access to world-class institutions and public spaces in Southeast Michigan and Israel with the goal of enriching the quality of life for residents and visitors and spurring economic development. Previously, George helped develop the Kresge Foundation’s national arts and culture strategy. He oversaw their Artist Fellowship and Eminent Artist Award programs. He also developed a three-year, $5 million grant initiative to support transformative, inclusive projects in Detroit neighborhoods. George has a masters in urban planning from Wayne State University and a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in social science from Michigan State University.

Lynn Williams, community engagement officer, Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Lynn is a lifelong resident of Flint and has worked at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint since 2000. She has served her community professionally in various Human and Social Service Organizations focused on improving the quality of life for children and families in the Flint Community. Over the past 18 years, a significant portion of Lynn’s work has focused on grantmaking and community leadership activities with resident-led grassroots and neighborhood-based organizations. In addition to the Neighborhood Small Grants Program, she currently leads the foundation’s Census 2020 and Truth Racial Healing and Transformation efforts. Lynn has a passion for work that involves collaborative efforts focused on increasing the vitality of Flint and Genesee County. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Michigan-Flint and has also completed 27 hours of course work in the Master of Science in Health Education program.


CMF Members: $35
Nonmembers: $70

Originally published September 24, 2019

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