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.

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. This live webcast will be held Monday, June 13, 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.


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


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, June 21, 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 June 21, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 60 minutes
Fee: Free


The Invisible Yellow Line: Nonprofit Governance (NEW)

Who 'owns' your nonprofit? The line defining the governance responsibility of board and staff is often hard to see. This fast-paced webinar will help to clarify that line using a football metaphor that everyone can understand. You've seen that yellow line that appears on the screen when you watch a football game. When you apply that line to the key roles of board and staff, it provides an easy way to discuss governance roles and helps to open lines of communication so both teams work compatibly toward the same goal - serving you organization's mission. Jean Block, the webinar presenter, is the author of "The Invisible Yellow Line ™ - Clarifying Board and Staff Roles." She will share easy, practical examples of best practices in board and staff roles in governance, including the board's responsibilities to the Three Duties and how the CEO can support the board in its governance role. The webinar is a great basic review for the novice and a refresher for the experienced nonprofit volunteer or chief executive. This webinar will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2016. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Jean Block

Jean Block

Jean Block, a nationally recognized consultant and trainer on nonprofit management, board development, fundraising, and social enterprise, has more than 45 years' experience as both staff and volunteer leader of local, regional, and national nonprofits. She is the author of several books, including The Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise: Show Me The (Unrestricted) Money!, The invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Board and Staff Roles, FUNdraising! 180+ Great Ideas to Raise More Money, and others. Visit Jean's websites to learn more and to sign up for her free e-newsletters. www.jblockinc.com and www.socialenterpriseventures.com.


Thursday July 14, 2016 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 intended for the novice proposal writer. The webinar will be held on Thursday, July 28, 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 July 28, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site