Judging the Soundness of Proposals

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This webinar provides an introductory focus on the key elements and skills for effective proposal review and project selection.  You will learn how to assess projects more effectively, identify red flags and assure that proposals selected have the best opportunity for success.

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


Robert E. Eckardt, Executive Vice President, The Cleveland Foundation
Bob Eckardt serves as Executive Vice President at the Cleveland Foundation. His roles include providing overall direction to the foundation’s grantmaking and working with the board, staff, and community leaders to pinpoint the region's critical needs.

He joined the foundation in 1982 and has served as senior program officer in the areas of health, aging, and environment. He also created the foundation’s first formal evaluation effort. Bob is an active leader in philanthropic professional groups and serves on several national boards. He is a founding board member of Grantmakers in Aging and Funders Concerned About AIDS, a past chair of the Grantmakers Evaluation Network, an elected fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and a member of the advisory committee of the Center for Effective Philanthropy.  Bob holds a doctorate in public health with a specialty in health policy from the University of Michigan.

Dara Hessee, Senior Program Officer-Health Care, The Colorado Health Foundation
Dara Hessee is a Senior Program Officer at the Colorado Health Foundation (CHF). In this role, she oversees the Foundation’s strategy focused on empowering individuals and families to manage their own health, which includes developing funding opportunities designed to achieve strategic targets and managing a diverse portfolio of grants to non-profit organizations. Prior to joining the CHF, Dara served as the Chief of Staff for the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information Technology. She brings over 15 years of public and nonprofit experience, having worked at a variety of organizations, including nonprofits, city and state agencies, and Peace Corps Poland. Dara earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from New York University.

Chris Kabel, Sr. Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation
As a senior program officer on the Health Program team, Chris Kabel helps develop and implement grantmaking and investment strategies that promote health equity by addressing conditions that lead to poor health outcomes. Chris invites and reviews proposals from nonprofit organizations and others leading innovative, cross-sector initiatives that improve population health, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations.

Prior to joining The Kresge Foundation in 2013, Chris worked for eight years as a senior program officer at the Northwest Health Foundation, a regional grantmaker based in Portland, Oregon. While at NWHF, Chris led a $28 million partnership with Kaiser Permanente Northwest to address social determinants of health; the foundation’s healthy eating / active living program; and the foundation’s two Convergence Partnership initiatives.  Earlier, Chris raised philanthropic resources for Doernbecher Children’s Hospital and Oregon Health & Science University. Chris earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in public health from Portland State University.  


CMF Members - $35.00
Nonmembers - $70.00

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