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.

Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2015

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 webinar, which will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2015, is geared towards beginning and intermediate grant writers. Advanced grant writers 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.


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


How to be a Successful Fundraiser (NEW)

Fundraising has never been more competitive. The number of nonprofit organizations has increased dramatically over the past decade, with growth in the sector outpacing business or government. In order to thrive, today's nonprofits must have competent fundraisers on board. In this webinar, Rich Brown will cover three ingredients essential to being a successful fundraiser: attributes that reflect character and integrity, skills that contribute to fundraising competency, and techniques to successfully ask for money. The webinar concentrates on direct person-to-person fundraising, whether the other party is a major gift prospect or a corporate or foundation officer. Both those looking to accelerate their careers and those thinking about entering the fundraising field will benefit from this webinar. This webinar will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Rich Brown

Rich Brown, an educator and consultant to nonprofit organizations, has conducted numerous webinars and online courses. His nonprofit career spans 28 years and involved fundraising, leadership, management, coaching, mentoring, and teaching. From 2006 to 2012, Rich served as Vice President of Major Gifts at Autism Speaks, where he led a team of gift officers and partnered with board members in raising money from individuals, corporations, and foundations. From 2012 to 2014, he served as visiting professor at New York University's George H. Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising and is currently an adjunct professor. Rich is also lead consultant to Seatuck Environmental Association, a Long Island-based conservation organization.


Thursday June 4, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site


Baiting the Hook: Hiring Powerful Leaders (NEW)

Effective leadership is essential to the long-term health of an organization. Leaders articulate the organization's vision and call its constituency to action. Absent good leadership, even a well-managed organization will eventually founder -- overtaken by changing times, new ideas, and more competitive organizations. Hiring committees often mistakenly select a manager when they wanted a leader. Why? True leaders are rare, leadership is poorly understood, management and leadership are frequently confused, and leadership functions are often qualitative and difficult to specify.

In this webinar, Russell Heath will cover:

  • Leadership: What it is, what it is good for, and how it differs from management.
  • Assessment: Is your organization ready for a leader?
  • Hiring: How to advertise to, attract, and interview a leader.

The webinar is for board members and senior staff who hire executive and program directors, plan transition strategies, and want to keep their organizations vibrant, nimble, and creative. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Russel Heath

Russell Heath

Russell Heath came to leadership coaching after many years leading environmental organizations, mission-driven coalitions, and political campaigns in Alaska. In those efforts, it became clear to him that the essential element in the success or failure of any campaign was the quality of its leadership. In service to his own leadership, he moved to New York City and entered a rigorous program, Accomplishment Coaching. Russell, who has been coaching professionally since 2012, works with leaders in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including many high-performing professionals committed to making things happen in their organizations or their lives.


Wednesday June 10, 2015 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 grantwriters who want to learn specifically about proposals to foundations. The webinar will be held on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: 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 11, 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, June 16, 2015. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: 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 16, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 60 minutes
Fee: Free


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 Thursday, June 18, 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 June 18, 2015 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $89.00 per person, $150.00 per site