GrantStation Online Education Trainings

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. All of GrantStation's webinars are excellent additions to your grantseeking arsenal.

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

  • A computer
  • Computer speakers (for streaming audio)*
    This has been a highly requested feature and we are proud to announce this option for our webinar participants..
  • An internet connection

*The audio portion of the webinars is streaming audio through your computer speakers. You can use your computer or iPad (with downloaded app). If you cannot access the audio through your computer speakers, contact Sara Kennedy for more information. Mobile devices only receive the audio portion, not online viewing.

Our Presenters

Cynthia M. Adams

Cynthia M. Adams has been a fundraiser for over 35 years. Working directly for nonprofits and as a fundraising consultant, Ms. Adams specializes in building bridges between funders and grantseekers. She strongly believes that successful grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the funders and sound knowledge of the 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 throughout the world.


Carol Freedman

Carol Freedman, owner of from ideas to deadlines consulting, works with nonprofits to obtain grants for human service, community development, education and housing projects. For over ten years, Carol has written successful proposals to private foundations, corporate giving programs and government agencies, enabling her clients to match their passion with appropriate resources. Carol helps organizations understand how to identify and carefully assess potential funding opportunities and to build their capacity to implement funding plans and develop programs. Carol lives in Camas, Washington.


Katie Kern

Katie Kern is the Director of Program Administration at United Charitable Programs (UCP). She is the main point of contact for any questions regarding sponsored program operations, policies, forms, etc. Katie works to ensure that programs run smoothly and have the tools necessary to flourish. Since starting with UCP in 2006, she has been committed to helping our programs succeed. United Charitable Programs currently sponsors more than 500 charitable programs.


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.


Johanna Morariu & Ann Emery

Johanna Morariu and Ann Emery are evaluators at Innovation Network, a nonprofit evaluation, research, and consulting firm in Washington, DC. Innovation Network's mission is to provide knowledge and expertise to help nonprofits and funders learn from their work and improve their results. Johanna Morariu, Director, leads the organization's consulting and research projects, including the ongoing State of Evaluation project. Ann Emery, Associate, specializes in data analysis and data visualization. Both Johanna and Ann are passionate about engaging nonprofit staff as partners and building evaluation capacity. To learn more, contact Johann and Ann on Twitter: @j_morariu and @annkemery.


Alice Ruhnke

Over the past ten years, Alice Ruhnke has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations to help them increase their organizational capacity and secure funding. In 2006, a long time aspiration was achieved when she launched The Grant Advantage, a highly individualized business that offers grant writing and editing services, workshop facilitation, program development, evaluation and logic model development, and comprehensive funding research. Alice has raised almost $3.7 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. Alice is also the lead trainer for the Mountain State Leaders Program, which provides West Virginia's full time AmeriCorps members with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully take on leadership roles in their communities.


Tanisha Williams

Tanisha Williams is the President of JD Accounting Solutions, a company established to assist nonprofit organizations in developing sound accounting practices. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of Accounting, and over 12 years of experience conducting detailed financial audits of government funded programs. As an auditor, Tanisha gained a great deal of insight into the financial operations and needs of the nonprofit business sector, and she also received the training necessary for applying accounting principles to nonprofit funder requirements. With this knowledge and experience, Tanisha now uses her expertise to ensure that nonprofits are in compliance with the laws, regulations, and reporting requirements of funding agencies.


Jessica Wilson & Spencer Perlman

As Grants Director for Washington Strategic Consulting, Jessica possesses an intimate knowledge of federal grants. She specializes in grants research and tracking, reporting and analysis, management of grants programs and processes, and strategic authorship of proposals and related intelligence. She has developed dozens of grant applications spanning the full breadth of federal agencies.

Spencer Perlman has more than 15 years experience in Washington, DC, providing grants management and government relations counsel to health systems, disease advocacy groups, professional societies, social service organizations, health insurers, biotechnology firms, and public and private universities. He assists clients in building grants management programs that include processes for identifying, tracking, and forecasting opportunities, and he takes an active role in the authorship of federal grant proposals.

Time Zones

All GrantStation webinars take place at 2 PM Eastern Time unless otherwise noted in their description. Look below to identify what time the webinar will take place in your location:

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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.

The audio portion of our webinars is streaming audio through your computer speakers. You can use your computer or iPad (with downloaded app). If you cannot access the audio through your computer speakers, contact Sara Kennedy for more information. Mobile devices only receive the audio portion, not online viewing.

Which Chart is Best for My Data? Essential Charts for Nonprofits (NEW)

One of the first steps in the data visualization process is to select an appropriate chart type for your dataset. Do you feel like you've exhausted Microsoft Excel's limited menu of graphing options? If so, this chart-choosing webinar is for you! We'll discuss pros, cons, and tools for creating more than 30 different styles of charts and word clouds. You'll also get exposed to new styles that are sure to make your data shine, like dot plots, small multiples layouts, Sankey diagrams, network maps, and geographic maps, as well as options for visualizing your organization's qualitative data. We'll conclude with strategies for arranging charts into dashboards and infographics. This webinar will increase your data visualization vocabulary and boost your confidence in choosing correct chart types, so that your viewers will understand your data at a glance and retain information for the long run. This webinar is ideal for nonprofits and foundation staff-data specialists, grant writers, program directors and those who need to share data with their boards, funders, and other audiences. This webinar will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Visit the link above to register.



Thursday May 14, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


FREE Tour of the GrantStation Website

Join Jeremy Smith, GrantStation's Communications and Technology Director, for a free webinar that offers a short 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 right grantmaker for any program or project. There will be plenty of time for questions. This webinar will be held Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Jeremy Smith

After ten years in radio and six years as an announcer and Program Director at a local NPR station, Jeremy began a business that specialized in “bringing tech support to you.” He was given a call by GrantStaiton and officially joined the team in July of 2008.

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.

He also hosts a radio show called General Protection Fault which provides listeners with "Computer Talk You Can Use" every Wednesday at 6:30p AST on KSUA 91.5 FM.


Tuesday May 19, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 60 minutes
Fee: Free


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 webinar will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Visit the link above to register.



Thursday May 21, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2015

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 webinar, which will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 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.



Tuesday June 2, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


How to be a Successful Fundraiser (NEW)

Fundraising has never been more competitive. The number of nonprofit organizations has increased dramatically over the past decade, with growth in the sector outpacing business or government. In order to thrive, today's nonprofits must have competent fundraisers on board. In this webinar, Rich Brown will cover three ingredients essential to being a successful fundraiser: attributes that reflect character and integrity, skills that contribute to fundraising competency, and techniques to successfully ask for money. The webinar concentrates on direct person-to-person fundraising, whether the other party is a major gift prospect or a corporate or foundation officer. Both those looking to accelerate their careers and those thinking about entering the fundraising field will benefit from this webinar. This webinar will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Rich Brown

Rich Brown, an educator and consultant to nonprofit organizations, has conducted numerous webinars and online courses. His nonprofit career spans 28 years and involved fundraising, leadership, management, coaching, mentoring, and teaching. From 2006 to 2012, Rich served as Vice President of Major Gifts at Autism Speaks, where he led a team of gift officers and partnered with board members in raising money from individuals, corporations, and foundations. From 2012 to 2014, he served as visiting professor at New York University's George H. Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising and is currently an adjunct professor. Rich is also lead consultant to Seatuck Environmental Association, a Long Island-based conservation organization.


Thursday June 4, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Baiting the Hook: Hiring Powerful Leaders (NEW)

Effective leadership is essential to the long-term health of an organization. Leaders articulate the organization's vision and call its constituency to action. Absent good leadership, even a well-managed organization will eventually founder -- overtaken by changing times, new ideas, and more competitive organizations. Hiring committees often mistakenly select a manager when they wanted a leader. Why? True leaders are rare, leadership is poorly understood, management and leadership are frequently confused, and leadership functions are often qualitative and difficult to specify.

In this webinar, Russell Health will cover:

Leadership: What it is, what is it good for, how it differs from management.

Assessment: Is your organization ready for a leader?

Hiring: How to advertise, attract, and interview a leader.

The webinar is for board members and senior staff who hire executive and program directors, plan transition strategies, and want to keep their organizations vibrant, nimble, and creative. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Visit the link above to register.



Wednesday June 10, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


How to Craft a Proposal to a Foundation

Proposal writing is the skill most sought after by savvy nonprofit staff members. On the one hand, writing a grant proposal is quite simple and follows a basic formula. However, submitting a proposal may be your only chance to put the case for funding your organization in front of a foundation, so you want to be sure to do it right. In this webinar, Judith Margolin provides invaluable tips on developing a compelling proposal narrative, what your proposal package should include, how to let your funder take the lead, and advice on writing and submission techniques that get your proposal noticed by foundation decision makers. This webinar is for beginning and intermediate grantwriters who want to learn specifically about proposals to foundations. The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

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 11, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Funding Rural America: Finding New Grants for Small Communities

When has it ever been easy to secure funding for rural communities? Is there a way to level the playing field so rural nonprofits as well as small towns and counties/boroughs can compete for both government and private sector grants? What are the other options for financially supporting a rural project whether you are a nonprofit or local government? Are collaborative efforts worth the effort? And, of course the biggest question: Who is funding rural America? These, and other relevant questions, along with current trends affecting rural funding will be addressed in this webinar presented by Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation. This webinar will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Cynthia M. Adams

Cynthia M. Adams has been a fundraiser for over 35 years. Working directly for nonprofits and as a fundraising consultant, Ms. Adams specializes in building bridges between funders and grantseekers. She strongly believes that successful grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the funders and sound knowledge of the 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 throughout the world.


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site