Communicating with Grantees

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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 has spent the last dozen years as a consultant helping foundations, philanthropy organizations, and other nonprofits use inquiry and influence to achieve greater impact in their work. He recently joined The Giving Practice as a senior partner. In addition to his consulting practice, he also directed the Philanthropy Awareness Initiative, a project to help organized philanthropy build support and engagement among influential Americans. With 25 years of experience working with public interest organizations, Mark helps clients with strategic planning, facilitation, training, research, knowledge sharing and all facets of communications. He's proud to have worked with CMF and its members on a number of projects over the years. 


CMF Members - $35.00
Non-Members - $70.00

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