Online Education Training Information

GrantStation offers online education through webinars. Short for web-based seminar, a webinar is a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Internet. A key feature of a webinar is its interactive elements -- the ability to give, receive and discuss information.

GrantStation webinars are open to the public as well as GrantStation Members and are fee-based for all participants.

In order to participate in a GrantStation webinar, you will need:

  • A computer
  • Computer speakers (for streaming audio)*
  • An internet connection

All GrantStation webinars take place at 2 PM Eastern Time unless otherwise noted in their description.

*The audio portion of the webinars is streaming audio through your computer speakers. You can use your computer or iPad (with downloaded app). Mobile devices only receive the audio portion, not online viewing.

Current Online Education Training Offerings

We offer multiple types of webinars:

  • FREE webinars have no cost and only require you to sign up.
  • (NEW) webinars are being offered for the first time by GrantStation.

Webinars without an additional identifier are a part of our regular offerings.

GrantStation webinars are open to the public as well as GrantStation Members and are fee-based for all participants. These online trainings are LIVE events only and are not recorded.

Online Workshop: Intro to Data Visualization

Are you responsible for sharing data with your fellow nonprofit teammates? Do you need to display grantmaking data for your funders? If so, this crash course in data visualization is for you! Visualizing data in graphs helps you deliver bite-sized information that viewers can understand at a glance and retain for the long run. In this workshop, you'll learn a step-by-step design process that you can apply to your own projects. First, we'll discuss how to match your visualization to your viewer's information needs and interests. Then you'll get an introduction to chart choosing skills, such as how to swap out your overused pie charts and bar charts for options like slope charts, tree maps, social network maps, or dot maps. The next step in the design process is selecting the correct tool for the job. We'll talk about the pros and cons of Excel, Tableau, and R for data visualization. Finally, we'll conclude with best practices for formatting your charts, like summarizing your takeaway messages in the title, removing chart clutter so that viewers' attention is focused on your data, and ensuring that your color scheme matches your nonprofit's branding. This online workshop is interactive: materials for hands-on-practice in Excel will be shared with registrants a few days before the workshop. This workshop will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Ann K. Emery

Ann Emery

Ann K. Emery is a sought-after speaker who equips organizations around the globe to use their data more effectively. Within the past year, she led more than 60 trainings for more than 2,800 participants. Her design consultancy also overhauls graphs, publications, and slideshows with the goal of making technical information even easier to understand for non-technical audiences. Recent clients include the United Nations, Centers for Disease Control, and National Institutes of Health. She stays in touch with her first love, program evaluation, by heading a multi-year evaluation of a workforce development program for underemployed adults in Virginia. Ann is also the Chair of the American Evaluation Association's Data Visualization and Reporting interest group and past Secretary for the Washington Evaluators. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a Master's degree from George Mason University. Learn more at www.annkemery.com/blog


Thursday September 29, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site


FREE Tour of the GrantStation Website

Join Jeremy Smith, GrantStation's Communications Director, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, for a quick tour of the GrantStation website. This tour will provide tips on the most effective way to use all of the valuable resources the website offers, including the extensive funder databases that can help you identify the grantmakers most likely to fund your programs or projects. By using GrantStation's databases and resource tools, you can begin to develop a successful grantseeking strategy for the next 12 to 18 months. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith - GrantStation's Communications & Technology Director - not only deals with GrantStation's internal and external web issues, but also manages the Insider newsletters. Connecting a nonprofit with funding has become a real point of enjoyment for him as he updates and develops new looks and features for the website. His goal is to make the process of finding funding the easiest part of the grant process. Hearing about the organizations that have not only received funding but found the information through GrantStation - or one of the Insider newsletters - is an excellent indicator of this success.


Tuesday October 4, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 60 minutes
Fee: Free


Leveraging Social Media and Events to Engage Millennials (NEW)

Join us for a dynamic workshop offering clear strategies, tactics, and resources to increase your fundraising event success with the next generation of donors. If you are planning an upcoming fundraiser and looking to expand your donor base to a younger audience, this workshop is not to be missed. Darian Rodriguez Heyman will share straight talk and helpful tools for promoting your upcoming event. The discussion will include information on leveraging Facebook and Twitter as well as taking advantage of free scheduling, analysis, and optimization tools to help you work smarter, not harder. Nonprofit Executive Directors, Directors of Development and other fundraising and event staff can join us to learn: how to build a social media strategy that appeals to younger audiences, ways to incentivize early sales through campaigns and promotions, how to increase event turnout and donations, and secrets from top-performing fundraisers to get trending on social media. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Darian Rodriguez Heyman

Darian Rodriguez Heyman

Darian Rodriguez Heyman is an accomplished fundraiser, social entrepreneur, and best-selling author. His work “helping people help” started during his five-year tenure as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation. More recently, he authored the best-selling Nonprofit Fundraising 101, and stepped into the Executive Director role at Numi Foundation, where he oversees their clean water and curriculum development programs. Heyman also co-founded the only global conference series dedicated to social media for social good, Social Media for Nonprofits, as well as Sparrow: Mobile for All. Heyman is an in-demand fundraising coach, consultant, and board retreat facilitator, and is a frequent keynote speaker at social impact events around the globe.


Wednesday October 5, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site


Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2017

This webinar will take participants through the process of establishing a grants calendar for the next 12 to 18 months. Fast-paced, and filled with action steps, Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, will discuss how to design and adopt a Grant Decision Matrix before beginning the process of building a specific grants strategy for each project. All participants will also receive a set of worksheets that they can use to create their own approach to building an overall grantseeking strategy for their organization. This presentation, which will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, is geared towards beginning and intermediate grant writers. Advanced grant writers may also find it useful as a refresher course. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Cynthia M. Adams

Cynthia Adams

Cynthia M. Adams has spent the past 40 years helping nonprofit organizations raise the money needed to do their good work. Many of her early efforts centered on raising funds to set aside wilderness areas in Alaska. In 1990 she started her first company, the Alaska Funding Exchange. This endeavor served as the testing ground for a national company, GrantStation, which opened its Internet doors in the fall of 2001. Cindy built this business because she believes that grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the variety and scope of grantmakers and sound knowledge of the philanthropic playing field. Her life's work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the U.S. and throughout the world.


Tuesday October 11, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site


How to Secure Funding from Foundations

Foundations are mysterious institutions to those not familiar with them. In this webinar, Judith Margolin demystifies the process of securing foundation funding. The webinar provides a thorough grounding in what foundations are all about, including how many there are, who runs them, and trends in foundation giving. The focus is on what motivates foundations to give and how you can determine why they might or might not support your organization. Topics include types of foundations and styles of approach, determining your organization's funding needs, finding the best prospect, what makes a winning grant proposal, introducing your agency to a foundation, and proposal submission techniques. This presentation will be held on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Judith Margolin

Judith Margolin

Judith Margolin is an independent consultant and workshop leader on foundations and grants. She served as Vice President for Planning and Evaluation at the Foundation Center for a number of years. She has devoted her career to philanthropy and is dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations secure the funding they require to fulfill their valuable missions. She is the author of several books, including The Individual’s Guide to Grants and Financing a College Education and has served as editor of multiple editions of the Foundation Center’s how-to books, including Foundation Fundamentals, Guide to Proposal Writing, Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals, and After the Grant. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut.


Thursday October 20, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site


The Golden Key to Successful Grant Requests

The need statement is arguably the most important part of a grant proposal. Uncover the most effective methods for documenting the need, as well as ways to use that information to engage the reader, by joining GrantStation's CEO, Cynthia Adams for this new webinar! Ms. Adams will share how to call attention to the problem or need facing your organization or community, and how to take that information and create a sense of urgency so the grantmaker feels compelled to act now. This webinar is fast-paced and full of new ideas and usable resources, as well as numerous examples of need statements taken from winning grant proposals. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25, 2016. All levels of grantwriters are encouraged to attend. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Cynthia M. Adams

Cynthia Adams

Cynthia M. Adams has spent the past 40 years helping nonprofit organizations raise the money needed to do their good work. Many of her early efforts centered on raising funds to set aside wilderness areas in Alaska. In 1990 she started her first company, the Alaska Funding Exchange. This endeavor served as the testing ground for a national company, GrantStation, which opened its Internet doors in the fall of 2001. Cindy built this business because she believes that grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the variety and scope of grantmakers and sound knowledge of the philanthropic playing field. Her life's work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the U.S. and throughout the world.


Tuesday October 25, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site