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.

Getting Started: Making Your Grant Requests Sparkle

Are you new to grant writing? This webinar will help you prepare the basic documents needed to write compelling letters of inquiry and grant proposals. Participants come away with a clear picture of exactly what documents they should have at hand and how to polish and present these documents in order to submit successful grant requests. Why not make your first grant proposals not only a joy to write, but also make them stand out from other submissions? Cynthia M. Adams, CEO of GrantStation, has been teaching grant writing workshops for over 20 years, and presents a webinar full of "how to's" and "examples" for the novice grant writer. Participants will receive several handouts/worksheets before the webinar to help guide their success. This presentation will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016. 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.


Thursday May 12, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Writing Federal Grants

The federal government is increasingly interested in funding the important work done by community and faith-based groups throughout the country. Every year the government releases millions of dollars to help nonprofit organizations serve their communities. During this webinar, Alice Ruhnke will talk about how to identify federal grant opportunities, and she'll outline the major elements of grant applications required by most federal agencies. Resources to help your organization through the government grantseeking process will also be discussed. This presentation will be held Wednesday, May 18, 2016 and is for intermediate participants. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Alice Ruhnke

Alice Ruhnke

Alice Ruhnke is the founder and owner of The Grant Advantage, an innovative consulting business devoted to helping organizations unleash their strengths to embrace tomorrow’s opportunities. Over the past decade, Alice has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations to help them increase their organizational capacity and secure funding. She has raised over $6.2 million writing federal, state, foundation, and corporate grants and has been in charge of awarding and monitoring federal funds to nonprofit organizations throughout West Virginia. If Alice is not at her computer writing, she can usually be found facilitating trainings for individuals and organizations, including Strength Based Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations, Accessing Federal Funds, and Using Outcome Data to Tell Your Story. Alice has also organized several funding conferences to address organizational sustainability for nonprofit organizations.


Wednesday May 18, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Cultivate Your Individual Donors

You can propel your grant request to the top of the pile by demonstrating strong local and regional support of your work. One of the best ways to do that is to show a successful individual donors program. In this webinar, Judi Margolin will help you create or enhance that essential relationship between nonprofit organizations and their donors. Aspects of the donor/recipient bond will be examined as they relate to various categories of the individual donors; your prospects, casual givers, major supporters, board members, and lapsed donors. The full range of donor relations will be explored, with highly practical advice on establishing, retaining, and enhancing individual contributions to your organization. This webinar will be held on Thursday, May 19, 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 May 19, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


How Do We Measure That? Program Evaluation Methods to Show Your True Effects (New)

Surveys, focus groups, and comparison groups, oh my! So many methods, not enough time. In this interactive webinar, you'll learn how to choose the right program evaluation methods for your specific situation, so you can get results you can use to improve your program.

* Did we achieve the results we expected?
* What effect did we have, including any unexpected effects?
* What would help to strengthen our program?

Using real-world evaluation examples, Bernadette and Ladel will discuss a broad range of evaluation methods that can help answer these questions. This webinar will serve as a guide for beginner and intermediate audiences and as an opportunity to discuss sometimes overlooked methodological issues and new developments for the advanced audience. You'll receive worksheets to help you plan a strong evaluation for your next grant project. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Bernadette Wright & Ladel Lewis

Bernadette Wright

Bernadette Wright

Bernadette Wright has a 20-year career in practical and program evaluation. As Director of Research & Evaluation at Meaningful Evidence, LLC, she supports nonprofits like Search for Common Ground USA and the Northern Virginia Aging & Alcohol Awareness Group. She specializes in planning effective research designs and synthesizing evidence from related research. She earned her PhD in Public Policy/Program Evaluation from the University of Maryland.

Ladel Lewis

Ladel Lewis

Ladel Lewis is a Senior Research Strategist at Meaningful Evidence, LLC. She helps organizations like Genesee Health Systems and the Red Cross during critical and time sensitive events. Ladel focuses on maximizing impact while decreasing non-response through community buy-in and transparency through innovative data dissemination. She earned her PhD in Sociology with a concentration in evaluation research from Western Michigan University.


Wednesday May 25, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Corporate Giving Trends and Your Nonprofit (NEW)

Corporate philanthropy is no longer just for the Fortune 500s, and today's corporations -- both large and small -- are becoming more sophisticated in their giving. While grants are still a part of the corporate giving landscape, there are a handful of key trends that will shape corporate philanthropy in the years to come. Learning about these trends can position your nonprofit for greater success with grants and beyond.
Join Stacey Wedding as she provides you with the latest corporate giving trends and how to proactively position your organization to maximize success. You will leave the webinar with better insight into the minds of today's corporate funders along with specific strategies you can use to build a long-term and mutually beneficial relationship with corporate partners.
As a special bonus, you will receive "Top Corporate Giving Trends," a resource to ensure that you are "in the know" and can adapt your grant and fundraising strategy accordingly. This webinar will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Stacey Wedding

Stacey Wedding

Grant guru. National speaker. Nonprofit founder. Philanthropist. Stacey Wedding has worn many hats in her 20 years leading and serving the nonprofit sector. She and her team at Professionals in Philanthropy provide grant research/writing, board governance, strategic planning, and storytelling services. Stacey helps private funders and nonprofit organizations understand each other's perspective and position their respective organizations for success. Funders become more thoughtful in their grantmaking. Nonprofits become more strategic in their organizational development and grantseeking. Stacey graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Honors College and is a proud BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer. She has received numerous awards for her community service, leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit, including the Athena Leadership Award, Top 40 Under 40 Business Professionals, and Women to Watch. Learn more about Stacey and her firm at www.profinphil.com.


Thursday June 2, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Innovations 2016: Live Webcast!

Building upon GrantStation’s first 20 years working in partnership with funders across the country, we have created our first-ever forum, Innovations 2016.

Our goal is to bring together leaders in the field to share dynamic ideas and bold approaches that will help you transform your strategic vision, accelerate your timeline and amplify your impact. This is your opportunity to spend a day rethinking assumptions and exploring new possibilities.

Panels of grant makers and knowledge leaders will discuss such topics as Learning from Failure, Listening to Grantees, Financing Social Enterprise, Investing for Impact, and Funding in Layers. 

Go solo or invite your peers to participate via the Live Webcast.

There will be ample time for you, and those joining you, to discuss the specific panel topics and to interact with those people attending the conference via Twitter. 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.


Monday June 13, 2016 8:00 AM Eastern Time (U.S.), 480 minutes
Fee: $150.00 per person, $300.00 per site


Grants: How to Get Them and What to Do Next

When money is tight or when experiencing a budget gap, or when launching a new program area or expanding an organization's audience base, we often think "Why not get a grant?" This webinar, presented by Judi Margolin, explores the ins and outs of grantseeking, providing some very specific advice about how to be successful at securing outside funding from both foundations and corporations. Topics covered include the various types of grants, which kinds of grants in which dollar amounts work best for different types of funders, types of grant support, alternatives to cash grants, and how to determine where grants fit in your overall funding scheme. What to do when you actually receive a grant to ensure you are well positioned for the next grant is also addressed. The presentation will be held Thursday, June 16, 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 June 16, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site