Successful Structures: Aligning Operations with Program in Service of Strategy

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Good grantmaking practices lead to better grantmaking impact; yet funders often treat grants management and grants operations as seperate from program strategy. Grantmakers are experimenting with new organizational structures and tactics to support real-time learning and feedback about effective grantmaking – putting grants management at the center of strategy and impact. This session will share promising approaches to breaking down organizational silos with research from Grants Managers Network.

The CMF-JCP Grantmaking Series is a program offering made possible through an agreement between The Council of Michigan Foundations and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

* Completion of this webinar will count toward the 2017 CMF-JCP Grantmaking Series Certificate of Completion - More Details


Jessica Bearman, principal, Bearman Consulting

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 Brinkley, director, grants administration, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Mark Brinkley is Director, Grants Administration for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where he works as a partner with the program areas and senior management to provide oversight and operations of the Grants Administration team, including responsibility for grants expenditures, processes and compliance. Prior to joining the Kauffman Foundation, Brinkley was the director of field underwriting for Farmers Insurance Group, where he developed and implemented a quality assurance program and execution plan ensuring strong execution of underwriting philosophy and monitored the underwriting practices of field agents. Earlier, he was the vice president of internal audit at Zurich Financial Services.

Michelle Greanias, executive director, Grants Managers Network

Michelle Greanias, Executive Director of Grants Managers Network, is a passionate advocate for efficient and effective grantmaking and is deeply committed to elevating the value of grantmaking practices in philanthropy. Michelle has spent most of her career in corporate philanthropy, leading grants management teams to implement efficient, effective grantmaking practices.


CMF Members: $25
Nonmembers: $55

Special pricing has been made possible because of a partnership with Grants Managers Network, CMF, and The Johnson Center.

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