Developing Funder Ready Programs

How do you take a great idea or program and turn it into something that you can present to a funder? Come learn about qualities and characteristics of programs that are funder ready and how to take hard look at your programs and ensure that they are funder ready. This session will discuss the elements that are required in a proposal to a foundation or corporation and demonstrate key areas that will make your program stand out in an ever increasingly competitive funding market. This session will cover:
- Demonstrating need for your programs
- How to work with program to staff develop logic models and use the information in grant applications
- Understanding sustainability for programs
- Creating and communicating program budgets
- The importance of outcomes and evaluation strategies

A strategy screen will be provided to participants that they can take back to their organizations to help determine if their program is funder ready.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application
Strategies for effective program and project design and development
Post-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Lea Thomas is a dedicated non-profit professional who is committed to help making a difference in the greater St. Louis area. Lea has been working in the development profession for over 12 years and currently works for the Gateway Region YMCA as the Association Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations. In her fundraising career Lea has secured over $25 million in foundation and corporate gifts. Lea has a master's degree in Nonprofit Management, she also has her CFRE and GPC certifications.

Kate Diouf is highly skilled evaluation professional that currently serves as the Association Director of Quality and Impact for the Gateway Region YMCA. Kate oversees the association's program quality and continuous improvement efforts. Prior to her work at the YMCA, Kate served as an evaluation consultant to more than 50 area nonprofits, taught the Evaluation of Programs course for the GWB School of Social Work at Washington University and is a published author of three journal articles.