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.

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.

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). Mobile devices only receive the audio portion, not online viewing.

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.

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.

Data Visualization Design Principles (NEW)

Preparing graphs for an upcoming grant report? Need to share data at your staff meeting or board retreat? Instead of relying on your software program's outdated settings, learn how to transform confusing and cluttered graphs into great communication tools. During this 90-minute presentation, Ann K. Emery will discuss data visualization best practices, such as: reducing chart clutter by adjusting boarders, grid lines, and tick marks; labeling your numbers and axes; choosing the appropriate amount of decimal places; ensuring that your text size is hierarchical and readable; matching visualization colors to your nonprofit’s logo; emphasizing key findings with color; selecting text colors that sufficiently contrast with your background; and writing titles, subtitles, and annotations that summarize your main point. We'll pause a few times during the webinar for hands-on practice with Microsoft Excel. For example, after we discuss text legibility, you'll transform hard-to-read diagonal text into easier-to-read text. Then, after we go over color palettes, you'll apply custom RGB codes to your own graph. Materials for hands-on practice will be shared with registrants a few days before the webinar. This presentation will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Ann K. Emery

Ann Emery

Through her workshops, webinars, and consulting services, Ann K. Emery equips organizations to analyze and visualize their data more effectively. Emery leads 30 to 50 workshops each year about Excel, Tableau, dashboard design, and spreadsheet skills for nonprofits, foundations, and professional societies, both domestically and abroad. Prior to launching her own consulting firm, Emery evaluated advocacy and public policy projects at Innovation Network; managed an internal performance management system at the Latin American Youth Center; evaluated educational programs for local, state, and national education agencies at ICF International; helped to build a coalition of youth-serving nonprofits at the Charlottesville/Albemarle Commission on Children and Families; and contributed to research-to-policy projects at the University of Virginia. Connect with Emery through her blog ( and through Twitter (@annkemery).

Thursday September 10, 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 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, September 15, 2015. 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 September 15, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: Free

Writing Objectives and Performance Measures for Grant Proposals (NEW)

Program funders are increasingly emphasizing the importance of evaluation, often through the inclusion of objectives and performance measures. In this workshop, Mindy Hightower King, Ph.D., will discuss how to develop realistic and relevant project objectives and performance measures, which are critical for both good proposals and successful evaluations. Participants will be provided with a framework that includes practical strategies to use when writing objectives and measures, and planning evaluations focused on performance measurement. This workshop will benefit a range of grant writers, from beginners to the most experienced. The presentation will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Mindy Hightower King, Ph.D

Mindy Hightower King

Mindy Hightower King, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has worked as program evaluator in school and community settings for 15 years, with an emphasis on assessing after-school programs, early childhood environments, and healthy community initiatives. She regularly provides technical assistance and training workshops at state and national conferences in education, public health, and youth development. Dr. King holds an adjunct teaching appointment in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University where she teaches courses on program evaluation and performance measurement.

Wednesday September 16, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 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, September 24, 2015. 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 September 24, 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 Tuesday, September 29, 2015. 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 September 29, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site

Flying Solo: Comprehensive & Sustainable Fundraising Strategies for the One-Person Dev. Office

Government funding is shrinking. Your board wants to see more fundraising from private sources and you are already putting in fourteen-hour days. In this webinar, Ruthellen Rubin will explore ways to develop an effective year-round fundraising initiative even when you have a small staff and/or limited resources. Much more than a time management exercise, this session will introduce tools and ways of thinking to help professional fundraisers do what they do best: generate sustainable revenue for their organizations. Topics will include defining your role and responsibilities, making the most of technology, capitalizing on volunteerism, and involving your board in a meaningful way. This webinar is designed for executive directors and development staff with fundraising experience. This presentation will be held on Wednesday, September 30, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Ruthellen Rubin

Ruthellen Rubin

Ruthellen Rubin works with nonprofit executive directors, development directors, fundraising staff, and board members to address short-term fundraising challenges and/or design long-term strategies to build sustainable fundraising initiatives. She has over 25 years of experience in all aspects of fundraising, both as a member of several nonprofit and institutional boards and professionally as a fundraiser and marketing specialist. Ruthellen is a Professor at the Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at New York University where she teaches courses in technology strategies for fundraising, the annual appeal, and board effectiveness. She also serves as faculty advisor for the Heyman Center online journal, PhilanthropyNYU. Ruthellen is a frequent workshop facilitator and an affiliate consultant for the Support Center/Partnership in Philanthropy. Learn more at

Wednesday September 30, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site