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.

Writing Federal Grants

The federal government is increasingly interested in funding the important work done by community and faith-based groups throughout the country. Every year the government releases millions of dollars to help nonprofit organizations serve their communities. During this webinar, Alice Ruhnke will talk about how to identify federal grant opportunities, and she'll outline the major elements of grant applications required by most federal agencies. Resources to help your organization through the government grantseeking process will also be discussed. This presentation will be held Thursday, April 6, 2017, and is for intermediate participants. 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 14 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.


Thursday April 6, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site


The Power of Three: $149 Webinar Special

Kick off your spring grantseeking with three powerful, back-to-back webinars in April presented by CEO and Founder of GrantStation, Cynthia Adams.

We begin with Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 2017 on April 12. This is followed by a step-by-step webinar on Building a Stellar Grantseeking Team on April 13. Cynthia will top it off with a webinar focusing on the importance of a strong statement of need with her popular The Golden Key to Successful Grant Requests on April 27.

Purchasing this special $149 offer grants you individual access to all three of these webinars for one low price:

The last day to purchase this series of webinars is April 11th.

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 April 11, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $149.00 per person


FREE Tour of the NEW GrantStation Website

Join Jeremy Smith, Communications and Technology Director, and Sara Kennedy, Director of Online Education, for a quick tour of the NEW GrantStation website. This tour will cover all of the features in GrantStation.com and it will also highlight the recent changes to the website, including a new look, new navigation, new search interfaces, and additional charitable database search criteria. 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, April 11, 2017.

Presenter: Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith - GrantStation's Communications & Technology Director - manages the Insider and International Insider newsletters, deals with GrantStation’s internal and external tech issues, conducts the monthly public website tour, and updates and develops new looks and features for the website. Jeremy volunteers online and on-air for KSUA 91.5 FM, a non-profit college radio station. Contact Jeremy if you are interested in sending a custom version of our funding newsletters to your organization, or have a question regarding either of GrantStation’s newsletters.


Tuesday April 11, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 60 minutes
Fee: Free


Building a Powerful Grants Strategy for 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, April 12, 2017, 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 April 12, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site


Building a Stellar Grantseeking Team

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 online training 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, April 13, 2017. 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 April 13, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site


Creating Time: Keeping the Pipeline Full for 2017

The number one reason people give for not applying for a particular grant is that they don't have the time. And it's probably true. In this webinar, Cynthia Adams, CEO of GrantStation, is going to share with you some of the tricks of the grantseeking trade. She will cover everything from big picture thinking and how it can drive your grantseeking efforts, to how to use volunteers effectively (when it's a help and when it's a hindrance). You will also learn the common barriers that keep you from accomplishing as much as you would like. In addition, Cynthia will go over some new tools, resources, and processes you can use to help jumpstart your grantseeking program for 2017 and keep it active throughout the year. These "tricks" should help you organize your approach to grantseeking by teaching you how to create the time to do the job and do it well. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. 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 April 18, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site


Saving Time and Energy with Excel Pivot Tables

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 http://annkemery.com/excel/pivot/.

This webinar will be held on Thursday, April 20, 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 www.annkemery.com/blog


Thursday April 20, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 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 Thursday, April 27, 2017. 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.


Thursday April 27, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site


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


Social Media Strategy for Nonprofits (NEW)

Facebook is now the equivalent of the world's largest country, with active users spanning every generation and every corner of the globe. More importantly, social media has fundamentally changed the way that people communicate, interact, and engage with causes. But what are the keys to successful fundraising, marketing, and community building online? Join us for an interactive, intensely practical workshop as Darian Rodriguez Heyman, the former E.D. of Craiglist Foundation, co-founder of the world's only conference series focused on social media for social good, and best-selling author of Nonprofit Fundraising 101 and Nonprofit Management 101 shares actionable insights on why social media presents huge opportunities, how to capitalize on those, and where to go for more information and free resources. This webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 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 May 3, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site