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Engaging Diverse Communities in Your Grant-Seeking Efforts - The Cultural Competency Perspective

This interactive workshop will be led by three long-term veterans in the higher education, non-profit, and business community coming together provide their perspective on how to work and interact with these communities to seek millions in funding to support collaborative projects and initiatives.  

With more than 80 years of combined experience in securing over $100 million in grant awards, these professionals will provide their perspective on how to garner and foster relationships with diverse communities to obtain funding. 
The workshop will involve an engaging session that includes interactive scenarios that will provide attendees with practical application and use of critical thinking skills to build strong collaborations that lead to successful funding partnerships.

1) Provide a comprehensive plan to seek funding to support efforts to engage diverse communities.
2) Provide community engagement tools to promote equity and inclusion by reducing barriers to participation and increasing relationship with diverse communities in seeking funding.
3) Provide a common language among grant professionals and provide tools to help track progress. 
4) Highlight, acknowledge, celebrate, and learn from the efforts and progress being made in collaborating with diverse communities organizations. 

GPC Competencies Addressed:
Strategies for effective program and project design and development 
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking 
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders 

Arvetta L. Jideonwo serves as the Executive Director of the Bosma Visionary Opportunities Foundation, the supporting foundation for Bosma Enterprises. She has more than 20 years of experience leading and organizing high-performing teams to develop relationships and secure individual gifts and grants to advance organizational growth and has secured $40M in grants. Jideonwo is a Faculty Member at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Dr. Bernard Turner is an Associate Professor and Program Director, Social Entrepreneurship and Director, Center for Social Entrepreneurship in the Jack C. Massey College of Business at Belmont University. He previously served in fundraising positions at Meharry Medical College, Vanderbilt University, and Priority Hospice Care/The New Hope Foundation. He has obtained over $65 million in grants for a variety of programs.

Cynthia Oda has more than 30 years of experience in the non-profit arena. She is the President and CEO of ODA Enterprises LLC and has secured $80M in grants. She has secured funding from SAMSHA and a number of federal sources of support.