After the Grant: Corporate and Foundation Stewardship Demystified
Learning objectives: Participants will learn about ways to leverage relationships with corporate and foundation funders beyond the gift and how to appropriately steward funders to build long-term partnerships.
Competencies addressed: Knowledge of methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funder. Knowledge of practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers.
This workshop specifically addresses grants from corporate and foundation funders, although some of what I discuss may also be relevant to government funding. During the workshop, I will lead participants through a discussion of what stewardship is beyond an annual report, what constitutes effective stewardship, and how they can leverage a grant from a funder to form a long-term partnership. I will use examples from my own experience, including methods for continued outreach with corporate and foundation funders and stewardship planning. The session will also cover how to ensure that your organization is ready to be effective stewards of corporate and foundation donors.
I will include discussion of those foundations that ask you to "take a break" or who won't fund in successive years; we will talk about how to stay in their view during that time. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their own stewardship challenges and seek solutions from their peers.
GPC Competencies Addressed:
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers
Larisa Pazmino has been a grant professional for more than 15 years working a variety of settings including health care and higher education. At this time she is the Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Wheelock College. She has presented twice at the GPA National Conferences as well as locally in Boston. She is currently the Vice President of the MA Chapter of the GPA and has also served as President, and is serving on the Board of Directors for Waltham Fields Community Farm.
Shannon Falvin Cox is the Grants Compliance Manager at Waubonsee Community College.