Inside the Grantmaker’s Black Box: What Really Happens AFTER You Push SUMBIT!
Join veteran grants officer Maryn Boess for a unique journey into one grantmaker’s funding process – and find out what really happens inside the Grantmaker’s Black Box – after you push SUBMIT!
You know that feeling on deadline day, when you finally push SUBMIT button and say goodbye to your lovingly-crafted, mission-critical grant proposal as it disappears – vanishing entirely for weeks, sometimes months, sometimes even forever – as you wait to find out whether it’s going to be funded or not.
That space between “submit” on one side – and “notification” on the other – is what we call the Grantmaker’s Black Box.
That’s where all the work goes on for the grantmaking team – the program officer, reviewers, decision-makers. That’s where everything happens to decide which proposals are awarded … and which aren’t.
In this eye-opening session, you’ll join veteran grants officer Maryn Boess for a unique journey into the heart of the Grantmaker’s Black Box as we venture into one grantmaker’s funding process. Together we’ll take a high-level flyover of her own organization’s recent real-life grantmaking round on the way to awarding a total of $600,000. Along the way:
— You’ll track the proposals through the 8 key “checkpoints” of the grant decision process, so you can observe exactly what happened at every step of the way.
— You’ll eavesdrop on conversations with proposers and review team members.
— You’ll see the team’s mistakes and near-misses, challenges and celebrations, what was surprisingly easy, what really came hard in the final decisionmaking.
— And you’ll experience plenty of surprises, aha!s and hmm’s as Maryn shares stories about real life inside this particular Grantmaker’s Black Box – with new insights you can carry home and put to work immediately on behalf of your own nonprofit and community.
BENEFITS: This session gives an insider’s view of the real world of the final grant decision-making process – something perhaps 98% of all grant professionals never get to see.