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Grantmaker Skills & Strategies: Building Great Funder-Nonprofit Relationships [3-21-19]

Event Start Date: 3/21/2019 9:00 AM

Event End Date: 3/21/2019 11:30 AM

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Building Great Funder-Nonprofit Relationships
March 21, 2019
Building Great Funder-Nonprofit Relationships:
A Grantmaker Skills & Strategies Program
Thursday, March 21, 2019

Navigating the complex funder-nonprofit relationship is vital to mission success. Often, it seems, nonprofits do the asking, reporting, and providing, while donors sit in positions to say yes or no, how much, when and what's required. Achieving balance takes more than just good intentions - it takes flexibility, finesse, and a sincere desire to acknowledge and address the power dynamics at play.

This program will showcase the importance of, and how to build, better working relationships and how to increase the impact of funders' work. We'll discuss mutual trust, humility, empathy, proactive communication, and other attributes as hallmarks of "great" relationships and building trust. Participants will have an opportunity to complete a diagnostic tool and discuss where they fall on a continuum with colleagues in small groups and as a whole group.

Speakers at the program include:
  • Cynthia Schaal, the chief program officer of Exponent Philanthropy, leading the content, programs and services efforts. She works with in-house teams, foundation practitioners, and sector leaders to bring the most relevant expertise and practical guidance to Exponent Philanthropy membership.
  • Wendy Jaffe, the executive director at the Trio Foundation of St. Louis, where she was the first employee 18 years ago. Currently, Wendy chairs the GCG's Engagement Committee and co-chairs GCG's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion affinity group. She is also serving as chair of the host committee for the 2019 Exponent Philanthropy Connect conference.
  • Eulonda Nevels, the chief administrative officer for the YWCA Metro St. Louis. She has been with the agency for 22 years. Eulonda oversees the agency programs, operations, quality improvement and racial justice services. She also serves as the board chair for the Women's Foundation of St. Louis.

DATE: Thursday, March 21, 2019
TIME: 9:00am-11:30am (We will start promptly at 9:00am)
LOCATION: Jewish Federation of St. Louis, Kaplan Feldman Complex Building (12 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, MO 63146)
AUDIENCE: GCG Grantmaking Members (Free); Non-GCG Member Funders ($50)
RSVP: Click on the "Book Now" button (above) to register.

We hope that you can join us. Light refreshments and coffee will be available.

Please contact Mary Kullman if you have an inquiry about program logistics OR if you have specific questions that you would like answered by the speakers during the course of the event. 

Special thanks to Exponent Philanthropy for facilitating this event.

This program is generously sponsored by: 

Event Locations

  • Jewish Federation of St. Louis

    12 Millstone Campus Dr.
    St. Louis
    United States
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