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.

Logic Models: More Than Just Extra Work!

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 Tuesday, July 26, 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 July 26, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 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 intended for the novice proposal writer. The webinar will be held on Thursday, July 28, 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 July 28, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $150.00 per site

Saving Time and Energy with Excel Pivot Tables (NEW)

Pivot tables are the fastest, easiest way to make sense of spreadsheets. Whether you spend 10% or 100% of your day working with data, pivot tables are a must-have spreadsheet skill. In this 90-minute webinar, you'll learn how to: design your spreadsheet to be compatible with pivot tables; create pivot tables from scratch; navigate the field list, row headers, column headers, and filters; run descriptive statistics such as averages, means, counts, and frequencies; make sure your pivot table still works even after you've updated the raw numbers in your spreadsheet; and group items like names and dates together so that you can analyze them in aggregate. We'll look at several different types of datasets together, like demographic data on people from your organization's member database and survey responses similar to your organization's latest consumer satisfaction survey. Finally, we'll conclude with additional time-saving spreadsheet strategies: formatting numbers, designing printer-friendly and PDF-friendly pivot tables, performing calculation on dates, and dealing with names and other chunks of text. You'll get to keep the spreadsheets used during the webinar, and we'll give you access to the webinar recording so you can watch it again while you're practicing on your own. To get a feel for pivot tables and Ann's teaching style, please view the video tutorials at This webinar will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2016. 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 August 4, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $150.00 per site

FREE The 2016 State of Grantseeking: Trends from the Report (NEW)

In the nonprofit world, benchmarking is the process of comparing one's organization—both processes and performance metrics—to industry bests. This 45-minute webinar offers you a chance to compare your organization to over 3,300 other organizations, and to see trends in the grantseeking arena. In addition, the webinar addresses questions such as:

  • Which funder types are most likely to support my organization?
  • What is a reasonable level of funding to expect for my organization?
  • Does my region, 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?

We at GrantStation sincerely hope that the State of Grantseeking Reports™ help you in planning for 2016 - 2017, and in managing the expectations of your stakeholders—board members, donors, and the community at large. This no-cost webinar will be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Ellen Mowrer

Ellen Mowrer

Ellen Mowrer brings over 30 years of business, partner programs, nonprofit software, and high-end retail experience in companies such as, 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 Vice President and works with both clients and the GrantStation team in program adoption and management; marketing, promotions, and social media; business planning, analysis, and reporting; and The State of Grantseeking™ Survey and Reports.

Tuesday August 16, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 45 minutes
Fee: Free

Building a Stellar Grantseeking Team (NEW)

One of the most time consuming tasks for an Executive Director of a nonprofit organization is the research, writing, and submission of grant requests. And, unfortunately, it is often a task that is both daunting and isolating. This webinar taught by GrantStation's CEO, Cynthia Adams, takes you through a step-by-step process to develop a grantseeking team, all working toward a common vision: to strengthen and build your grants program. This webinar focuses on a step-by-step process to craft the perfect committee, develop a process to energize your team, and discover ways to create a sustainable program. Ms. Adams's unique approach will help you develop a team that will generate stellar results. This webinar will be held on Thursday, September 15, 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 September 15, 2016 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $150.00 per site