Grant Due Diligence

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How does the grantmaker effectively fulfill the dual roles of both sentry and steward?  This session will focus on your responsibilities to your foundation, as well as your obligation to your grant applicants, and how best to stage your inquiry.

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


Michelle D. Johnson serves as associate program officer with The Kresge Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program team. Her responsibilities include reviewing grant requests from community-based nonprofit organizations, making recommendations for grant funding, and monitoring a portfolio of grants. Michelle explains, “My exposure to philanthropy came through work as a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization. I witnessed the critical role community-based organizations play in creating opportunity and improving quality of life.  “I’m passionate about helping those in need thrive. Creative placemaking -- the integration of arts and culture in community revitalization -- drives toward that goal by saying: ‘Everyone does better when the place they live is enriched by the arts, everyone can be involved and contribute, and everyone benefits’.” Michelle joined Kresge in 2006. She has worked as a generalist, in the Human Services Program and is now a full-time member of the Arts and Culture Program team.  She previously worked as a financial resource development analyst for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. 

Michelle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Wayne State University. She also holds a master of science in management from Walsh College.  Michelle is a member of several philanthropic affinity groups and she devotes time to volunteer for several charities.

Genise Singleton, Grants Manager, The Kresge Foundation.  As grants manager, Genise Singleton assists in the overall development and streamlining of The Kresge Foundation’s grant processes and procedures.  Manages day-to-day operations of the grants and program-related investments portfolio, including ensuring the proper disposition of grants and program related investments and grantee compliance.  In addition, she reviews and manages the integrity of our grants database, approval and payment of our grants.  She has a deep interest in how data can be used to influence and advance the work of the philanthropic sector.

Genise is a Detroit native and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Marygrove College.  She has been a board member of several non-profit organizations, an active alumna of Marygrove, serving as a board member of the alumni board, and a member of several philanthropic affinity groups. Genise devotes her free time to creative writing and volunteering for several local charities, while raising her son and daughter with her husband.


CMF Members - $35.00
Non-Members - $70.00

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