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.

How to Track Restricted Grants in QuickBooks

Wouldn't it be great if at any point during a grant's life cycle you could simply push a button and see exactly how much and to which categories the grant dollars have been spent? Considered the country's foremost expert in using QuickBooks for nonprofits, Gregg S. Bossen, CPA, will demonstrate how to easily and accurately track restricted grants in QuickBooks. Participants will learn how to set up a restricted grant, enter the grant budget, mark checks and bills as being paid out of the grant, point payroll to the grant, and finally create a memorized report to see how the dollars have been spent and compare the results to the grant budget. Gregg will be working in QuickBooks throughout the webinar. No power point slides here! There will also be plenty of time for questions. And one more thing: Gregg is really entertaining! This webinar will be held Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Gregg S.Bossen, CPA

Gregg S. Bossen

Gregg S. Bossen is a practicing CPA with a full-service accounting firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. His firm specializes in tax and accounting for nonprofits and small businesses. Most of his clients are nonprofits/small business owners who use QuickBooks. Gregg has been teaching QuickBooks seminars around the country for various groups, both new users and other CPA's, and is considered to be an expert in the program. Gregg has taught for Intuit, the makers of QuickBooks, teaching CPA's around the country the new features in updated versions of the software. Gregg also teaches annually at the Scaling New Heights Conference, presently the largest gathering of QuickBooks Pro advisors in the world. In total, Gregg has taught over 1500 seminars to more than 35,000 students.

Wednesday December 14, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 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, January 17, 2017. 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 January 17, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 60 minutes
Fee: Free

Leveraging Social Media and Events to Engage Millennials (NEW)

Join us for a dynamic workshop offering clear strategies, tactics, and resources to increase your fundraising event success with the next generation of donors. If you are planning an upcoming fundraiser and looking to expand your donor base to a younger audience, this workshop is not to be missed. Darian Rodriguez Heyman will share straight talk and helpful tools for promoting your upcoming event. The discussion will include information on leveraging Facebook and Twitter as well as taking advantage of free scheduling, analysis, and optimization tools to help you work smarter, not harder. Nonprofit Executive Directors, Directors of Development, and other fundraising and event staff can join us to learn: how to build a social media strategy that appeals to younger audiences, ways to incentivize early sales through campaigns and promotions, how to increase event turnout and donations, and secrets from top-performing fundraisers to get trending on social media. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Darian Rodriguez Heyman

Darian Rodriguez Heyman

Darian Rodriguez Heyman is an accomplished fundraiser, social entrepreneur, and best-selling author. His work “helping people help” started during his five-year tenure as Executive Director of Craigslist Foundation. More recently, he authored the best-selling Nonprofit Fundraising 101, and stepped into the Executive Director role at Numi Foundation, where he oversees their clean water and curriculum development programs. Heyman also co-founded the only global conference series dedicated to social media for social good, Social Media for Nonprofits, as well as Sparrow: Mobile for All. Heyman is an in-demand fundraising coach, consultant, and board retreat facilitator, and is a frequent keynote speaker at social impact events around the globe.

Wednesday January 18, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 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, January 19, 2017. 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 January 19, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site

Editing for Excellence: Why Editing Matters

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 grantors' 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, January 25, 2017. 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 January 25, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site

Online Workshop: DashBoard Design from Start to Finish with MS Excel (NEW)

Have you ever been tasked with reporting on key metrics? Do you need tips for presenting data effectively in dashboards? In this workshop, Ann Emery will spend the first 30 minutes explaining the step-by-step dashboard design process, which involves customizing dashboards for your audience, sketching graphs on paper and within a grid system, adding the right amount of white space, and establishing a visual hierarchy. The remaining 60 minutes will be spent creating two dashboards from scratch with Microsoft Excel. You'll learn to insert spark lines, data bars, and conditional formatting, and to adjust the dashboard so that it can be printed or PDF'd neatly on one page. Ann will provide datasets so that were all working from the same file. This hands-on workshop will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Ann K. Emery

Ann Emery

Ann K. Emery is a sought-after speaker who equips organizations around the globe to use their data more effectively. Within the past year, she led more than 60 trainings for more than 2,800 participants. Her design consultancy also overhauls graphs, publications, and slideshows with the goal of making technical information even easier to understand for non-technical audiences. Recent clients include the United Nations, Centers for Disease Control, and National Institutes of Health. She stays in touch with her first love, program evaluation, by heading a multi-year evaluation of a workforce development program for underemployed adults in Virginia. Ann is also the Chair of the American Evaluation Association's Data Visualization and Reporting interest group and past Secretary for the Washington Evaluators. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a Master's degree from George Mason University. Learn more at

Thursday January 26, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site