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.

Editing for Excellence: Why Editing Matters (New)

Are your organization's grant submissions the best they can be? Have you ever wondered how much a dangling participle really matters? Editing is the key to making grant submissions go from good to great. This webinar, led by editors Harriette Grissom and Laura Gonzales of Palmetto Grant Consulting, will cover the importance of professional grant editing, from the need for third party editors to the theory behind editors' and grantmakers' choices to a step-by-step guide for how to conduct edits on your own material. Content areas include professional and technical writing for an audience of funders, persuasive writing, and grammar and style. Attendees will receive worksheets to use as they follow along with the presentation. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Harriette Grissom and Laura Gonzales

Harriette Grissom

Harriette Grissom

Harriette Grissom serves as senior editor and reviewer for all of Palmetto Grant Consulting grant proposals. She has written and edited grants for nonprofits since the early 1980's. Her professional editorial experience, which includes work with educational institutions, government organizations, the business sector, religious organizations, and research institutes, has helped her develop a wealth of insight into effective communication with a variety of partners. She has provided editorial consultation for the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan, and several scholarly publications, and has written numerous successful grant proposals for nonprofit organizations. Harriette has a Ph.D. from Emory University in Literature and Psychology.

Laura Gonzales

Laura Gonzales

Laura Gonzales joins Palmetto Grant Consulting as the associate editor for grant proposals. She graduated from Cornell and Arizona State Universities and worked as a research psychologist until moving into the nonprofit sector in 2011. Laura currently works as a contract academic editor in the Washington, DC, area and serves on the board of three area nonprofits. She is an expert in program evaluation, program development, survey design, and volunteer leader development.


Wednesday February 17, 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 for beginning and intermediate grant writers who want to learn specifically about proposals to foundations. The webinar will be held on Thursday, February 18, 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 February 18, 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, February 23, 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 February 23, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 60 minutes
Fee: Free


Logic Models: More than Just Extra Work! (NEW)

Logic models are not a passing fad. If you need to create a logic model for your program, but don't know where to start, this webinar is for you! Using Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach from the United Way of America, Alice Ruhnke will demonstrate why logic models are critical for program planning and evaluation. During this webinar, you will learn how to create and use a logic model to help you improve services and your impact on your community. Executive directors, program managers, and grant writers from a broad range of human service organizations will benefit from this 90-minute presentation. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2016. 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 February 24, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Intro to Data Visualization

Have you ever emailed a report to a coworker or donor and wondered whether they even read about the results? Have you tried sharing data during in-person meetings only to watch their eyes glaze over? If so, this webinar is for you. Visualizing data through charts, graphs, and diagrams helps you deliver bite-sized pieces of information that stakeholders can understand at a glance and retain for the long run. In this webinar Ann K. Emery will discuss how to select appropriate chart types; emphasize key findings with color; and take the guesswork out of your graphs through titles, subtitles, and annotations. The webinar will conclude with strategies for sharing visualizations through videos, handouts, slidesdocs, social media, and dashboards. You'll leave with the critical thinking skills and technical prowess needed to create visualizations faster and easier than you ever thought was possible. Nonprofit staff or directors with an interest in presenting data more effectively through charts, graphs, tables, and diagrams will benefit from this webinar. No computer programming experience or graphic design skills needed. This webinar will be held on Thursday, February 25, 2016. 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 February 25, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


In-Kind Contributions Program: A Must for All Nonprofits (NEW)

Did you know that 90% of the nonprofits that benefit from in-kind support to do not document these contributions? And, that in-kind contributions can be used to match government and private funds, and to leverage additional funding? This webinar, presented by Pat Bohse, will demonstrate how to secure, document, and leverage in-kind contributions. An in-kind donation is any non-cash contribution that can be given cash value: labor, products, or services for which the organization would normally have to pay. Ms. Bohse will cover determining what your organization should ask for in terms of donated products and services, as well as establishing the policies and procedures you need to make this program effective. Ms. Bohse will also review resources that help you find the labor, products, and services to offset you operating or program budget. Anyone involved in fundraising for a nonprofit will benefit from this presentation. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Pat Bohse

Pat Bohse

What do you get when you combine the insightfulness of a seasoned consultant, the leadership skills of an executive director, the organizational skills of an association manager, the commitment of a board of directors member, the confidence of a nationally recognized public speaker, and the savviness of a TV Show host? You get Pat Bohse. Pat is the President of Bohse & Associates, Inc., a nonprofit management and training consulting firm based in New Jersey. Her dedication to "Helping Organizations Change Their Worlds" is exemplified by her ongoing work nonprofits and fundraising, grantwriting, marketing, and volunteerism. Pat more recently served as an executive director of a non-traditional nonprofit called SCAN (Social Community Activities Network).


Tuesday March 1, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


The Anatomy of a Business Plan for Social Enterprise: It's not brain surgery!

If your nonprofit's traditional funding sources are not as reliable as in the past, it might be time to invest in social enterprise to protect your vital programs and services. Many savvy nonprofits have successfully launched an earned income venture and are generating sustainable funds as a result. Is your organization ready to learn more? In this fast-paced webinar, Jean Block, a nonprofit trainer who has guided nearly 100 nonprofits from idea to business plan, will explain what social enterprise is - and isn't - and explore the critical steps required to develop a business plan for social enterprise. Writing a business plan for a social enterprise isn't difficult when it is based on thorough market research and feasibility studies. It's not brain surgery and it's not rocket science! Follow the necessary steps and your organization, too, can find sustainable funding. This webinar will be held Wednesday, March 9, 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.


Wednesday March 9, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Which Chart is Best for My Data? Essential Charts for Nonprofits

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! During the webinar, Ann K. Emery will 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, grantwriters, program directors and those who need to share data with their Boards, funders, and other audiences. This webinar will be held on Thursday, March 10, 2016. 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 March 10, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Writing Capacity Building Grants

Developing a capacity building grant request requires a specific approach which is distinct from the application process for operating or program grant requests. During this presentation, Alice Ruhnke will walk participants through the introduction, needs statement, objectives, and evaluation components of capacity building grant requests, using "real life, real time" examples of what funders are looking for. The webinar is appropriate for individuals who have a basic understanding of grant fundamentals and would like to apply those concepts specifically to capacity building grants. Participants will receive the power point presentation and the notes upon completion of the webinar. This presentation will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. 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.


Tuesday March 22, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2016 -2017

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 Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 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.


Wednesday March 23, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Funding Libraries in America: Increasing Your Revenue for 2016 (NEW)

Is your library or library system bracing for yet another budget cut? Does your administration continually have to make decisions about what can be funded, and what cannot? Do great ideas go unrealized because there is no money? Join Cynthia Adams, CEO and President of GrantStation, as she explores the world of funding open to libraries. Learn about current trends you can use to help secure new revenue, as well as how to build strong collaborations to attract both private and government funds. This is a fast-paced, information packed webinar. We encourage library staff to take advantage of the group rate where up to ten people can log into the webinar from anywhere using any device. The webinar will be held on Thursday, March 31, 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 March 31, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


The Golden Key to Successful Grant Requests

The need statement is arguably the most important part of a grant proposal. Uncover the most effective methods for documenting the need, as well as ways to use that information to engage the reader, by joining GrantStation's CEO, Cynthia Adams for this new webinar! Ms. Adams will share how to call attention to the problem or need facing your organization or community, and how to take that information and create a sense of urgency so the grantmaker feels compelled to act now. This webinar is fast-paced and full of new ideas and usable resources, as well as numerous examples of need statements taken from winning grant proposals. The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, 2016. All levels of grantwriters are encouraged to attend. 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.


Wednesday April 13, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site