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.

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, July 30, 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.


Thursday July 30, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 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, August 13, 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 August 13, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


FREE The 2015 State of Grantseeking: Trends from the Report (NEW)

Who will fund my organization? What is a reasonable level of funding to expect for my organization? Does my budget, location, or mission focus affect my organization's ability to be awarded grants? What are the recent trends in grantseeking, and how can I use knowledge of those trends to my organization's advantage? The 2015 State of Grantseeking™ Report, underwritten by the Grant Professionals Association and Altum/PhilanTech, was made possible by the participation of the 1,824 respondents. We hope that the trends, information, and benchmarks discussed in the presentation will assist you in your good work. Join Ellen Mowrer, GrantStation's Director of Business Analysis, to learn about the recent survey results and to find out how to take part in the Fall 2015 Survey. This no-cost webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 18, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Ellen Mowrer

Ellen Mowrer

Ellen brings over 30 years of business, partner programs, nonprofit software, and high-end retail experience in companies such as ECMAdvisory.biz, GiftWorks, Doneckers, and Market Metrics. After realizing that her heart and her career were at odds, Ellen left the business world of expensive things for the world of doing good through nonprofit support.  Happily, nonprofit organizations can benefit from the application of business models, and the result enriches humanity instead of corporations. Ellen is GrantStation’s Director of Business Analysis and works with both clients and the GrantStation team in marketing, reporting, The State of Grantseeking ™ Survey and Reports, and business analysis.


Tuesday August 18, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 45 minutes
Fee: Free


Using Outcome Data to Tell Your Story

Every nonprofit organization has a story to tell, but many remain as a "best kept secret" year after year. Stories developed around well-documented outcome data are vital to building your organization's relationship with the community. So how do you enhance your organization's compelling stories with solid outcome data in order to advance your mission? During this presentation, Alice Ruhnke will discuss methods to collect the data you need, how to use data-driven stories to communicate your message, and ways to tailor your story to constituencies both inside and outside of your organization. This presentation will be held Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: 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.


Wednesday August 26, 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 -2016

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 Thursday, August 27, 2015, is geared towards beginning and intermediate grantwriters. Advanced grantwriters 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.


Thursday August 27, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


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's 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 nonprofits 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 (www.annkemery.com/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