Online Education Training Information

GrantStation offers online education through webinars. Short for web-based seminar, a webinar is a presentation, lecture, workshop or seminar that is transmitted over the Internet. A key feature of a webinar is its interactive elements -- the ability to give, receive and discuss information.

GrantStation webinars are open to the public as well as GrantStation Members and are fee-based for all participants.

In order to participate in a GrantStation webinar, you will need:

  • A computer
  • Computer speakers (for streaming audio)*
  • An internet connection

All GrantStation webinars take place at 2 PM Eastern Time unless otherwise noted in their description.

*The audio portion of the webinars is streaming audio through your computer speakers. You can use your computer or iPad (with downloaded app). Mobile devices only receive the audio portion, not online viewing.

Current Online Education Training Offerings

We offer multiple types of webinars:

  • FREE webinars have no cost and only require you to sign up.
  • (NEW) webinars are being offered for the first time by GrantStation.

Webinars without an additional identifier are a part of our regular offerings.

GrantStation webinars are open to the public as well as GrantStation Members and are fee-based for all participants. These online trainings are LIVE events only and are not recorded.

Editing for Excellence: Why Editing Matters

Are your organization's grant submissions the best they can be? Have you ever wondered how much a dangling participle really matters? Editing is the key to making grant submissions go from good to great. This webinar, led by editors Harriette Grissom and Laura Gonzales of Palmetto Grant Consulting, will cover the importance of professional grant-editing, from the need for third party editors to the theory behind editors' and grantors' choices to a step-by-step guide for how to conduct edits on your own material. Content areas include professional and technical writing for an audience of funders, persuasive writing, and grammar and style. Attendees will receive worksheets to use as they follow along with the presentation. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Harriette Grissom and Laura Gonzales

Harriette Grissom

Harriette Grissom

Harriette Grissom serves as senior editor and reviewer for all of Palmetto Grant Consulting grant proposals. She has written and edited grants for nonprofits since the early 1980's. Her professional editorial experience, which includes work with educational institutions, government organizations, the business sector, religious organizations, and research institutes, has helped her develop a wealth of insight into effective communication with a variety of partners. She has provided editorial consultation for the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, the Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan, and several scholarly publications, and has written numerous successful grant proposals for nonprofit organizations. Harriette has a Ph.D. from Emory University in Literature and Psychology.

Laura Gonzales

Laura Gonzales

Laura Gonzales joins Palmetto Grant Consulting as the associate editor for grant proposals. She graduated from Cornell and Arizona State Universities and worked as a research psychologist until moving into the nonprofit sector in 2011. Laura currently works as a contract academic editor in the Washington, DC, area and serves on the board of three area nonprofits. She is an expert in program evaluation, program development, survey design, and volunteer leader development.

Wednesday January 25, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site

Online Workshop: Dashboard Design from Start to Finish with MS Excel (NEW)

Have you ever been tasked with reporting on key metrics? Do you need tips for presenting data effectively in dashboards? In this workshop, Ann Emery will spend the first 30 minutes explaining the step-by-step dashboard design process, which involves customizing dashboards for your audience, sketching graphs on paper and within a grid system, adding the right amount of white space, and establishing a visual hierarchy. The remaining 60 minutes will be spent creating two dashboards from scratch with Microsoft Excel. You'll learn to insert spark lines, data bars, and conditional formatting, and to adjust the dashboard so that it can be printed or PDF'd neatly on one page. Ann will provide datasets so that we are all working from the same file. This hands-on workshop will be held on Thursday, January 26, 2017. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Ann K. Emery

Ann Emery

Ann K. Emery is a sought-after speaker who equips organizations around the globe to use their data more effectively. Within the past year, she led more than 60 trainings for more than 2,800 participants. Her design consultancy also overhauls graphs, publications, and slideshows with the goal of making technical information even easier to understand for non-technical audiences. Recent clients include the United Nations, Centers for Disease Control, and National Institutes of Health. She stays in touch with her first love, program evaluation, by heading a multi-year evaluation of a workforce development program for underemployed adults in Virginia. Ann is also the Chair of the American Evaluation Association's Data Visualization and Reporting interest group and past Secretary for the Washington Evaluators. She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a Master's degree from George Mason University. Learn more at

Thursday January 26, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site

The Anatomy of a Business Plan for Social Enterprise: It's not brain surgery!

If your nonprofit's traditional funding sources are not as reliable as in the past, it might be time to invest in social enterprise to protect your vital programs and services. Many savvy nonprofits have successfully launched an earned income venture and are generating sustainable funds as a result. Is your organization ready to learn more? In this fast-paced webinar, Jean Block, a nonprofit trainer who has guided nearly 100 nonprofits from idea to business plan, will explain what social enterprise is - and isn't - and explore the critical steps required to develop a business plan for social enterprise. Writing a business plan for a social enterprise isn't difficult when it is based on thorough market research and feasibility studies. It's not brain surgery and it's not rocket science! Follow the necessary steps and your organization, too, can find sustainable funding. This webinar will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Jean Block

Jean Block

Jean Block, a nationally recognized consultant and trainer on nonprofit management, board development, fundraising, and social enterprise, has more than 45 years' experience as both staff and volunteer leader of local, regional, and national nonprofits. She is the author of several books, including The Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise: Show Me The (Unrestricted) Money!, The invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Board and Staff Roles, FUNdraising! 180+ Great Ideas to Raise More Money, and others. Visit Jean's websites to learn more and to sign up for her free e-newsletters. and

Wednesday February 15, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site

How to Secure Funding from Foundations

Foundations are mysterious institutions to those not familiar with them. In this webinar, Judith Margolin demystifies the process of securing foundation funding. The webinar provides a thorough grounding in what foundations are all about, including how many there are, who runs them, and trends in foundation giving. The focus is on what motivates foundations to give and how you can determine why they might or might not support your organization. Topics include types of foundations and styles of approach, determining your organization's funding needs, finding the best prospect, what makes a winning grant proposal, introducing your agency to a foundation, and proposal submission techniques. This presentation will be held on Thursday, February 16, 2017. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Judith Margolin

Judith Margolin

Judith Margolin is an independent consultant and workshop leader on foundations and grants. She served as Vice President for Planning and Evaluation at the Foundation Center for a number of years. She has devoted her career to philanthropy and is dedicated to helping nonprofit organizations secure the funding they require to fulfill their valuable missions. She is the author of several books, including The Individual’s Guide to Grants and Financing a College Education and has served as editor of multiple editions of the Foundation Center’s how-to books, including Foundation Fundamentals, Guide to Proposal Writing, Grantseeker’s Guide to Winning Proposals, and After the Grant. She lives in Stamford, Connecticut.

Thursday February 16, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site

Logic Models: More than Just Extra Work!

Logic models are not a passing fad. If you need to create a logic model for your program, but don't know where to start, this webinar is for you! Using the Measuring Program Outcomes: A Practical Approach from the United Way of America, Alice Ruhnke will demonstrate why logic models are critical for program planning and evaluation. During this webinar, you will learn how to create and use a logic model to help you improve services and your impact on your community. Executive directors, program managers, and grantwriters from a broad range of human service organizations will benefit from this 90-minute presentation. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Visit the link above to register.

Presenter: Alice Ruhnke

Alice Ruhnke

Alice Ruhnke is the founder and owner of The Grant Advantage, an innovative consulting business devoted to helping organizations unleash their strengths to embrace tomorrow's opportunities. Over the past decade, Alice has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations to help them increase their organizational capacity and secure funding. She has raised over 14 million writing federal, state, foundation, and corporate grants and has been in charge of awarding and monitoring federal funds to nonprofit organizations throughout West Virginia. If Alice is not at her computer writing, she can usually be found facilitating trainings for individuals and organizations, including Strength Based Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations, Accessing Federal Funds, and Using Outcome Data to Tell Your Story. Alice has also organized several funding conferences to address organizational sustainability for nonprofit organizations.

Tuesday February 21, 2017 2:00 PM Eastern Time (U.S.), 90 minutes
Fee: $69.00 per person, $149.00 per site