How to Talk to Grantmakers

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meaningful relationships

Often, the difference between a proposal getting funded or rejected is the relationships you have with your funding partners.

Of course, cultivating relationships with all of your funding partners and supporters can feel daunting. It can be time-consuming, especially for program staff who are “on the ground” or involved in the day-to-day work of your programs. It’s tough to know what to say, what to share, or what funders are looking for.

So how can you consistently get the resources you need to fulfill your mission? By seeing philanthropic organizations as partners, not funders. During this webinar, Stephanie Somerman, Senior Director at Elevate will lead you through the relationship-building stage of the grant cycle, including who to cultivate at philanthropic organizations and how to do it.

You’ll learn:

  • the types of funding partners and funding available;
  • how to approach relationship building as part of the grant cycle;
  • who you should cultivate and why;
  • strategies for cultivation and connection;
  • stewardship strategies (once you’ve won the support!); and,
  • how relationship building can help you write better grant proposals!

During this session, you’ll hear stories of relationship-building tactics that were successfully implemented in real client-funder relationships and the resulting grant wins. You’ll leave confident and prepared in your approach to deepening relationships with all your funding partners, whether you want to further steward existing funding partners or reach out and develop new relationships with potential partners.

This webinar is perfect for any nonprofit professional involved in the grantseeking process—because everyone has a part to play! Executive directors and development directors are often explicitly tasked with relationship building. However, staff such as program directors can enrich these relationships by deepening the connection directly to the work, making funders feel like true partners.

CFRE LogoFull participation in this webinar is applicable for 1.5 points in Category 1.B -Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

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Stephanie Somerman

Stephanie Somerman is a Senior Director at Elevate. She specializes in supporting clients on the frontline of social change to be the best they can be. Her expertise lies in institutional fundraising strategy and writing for policy, research, advocacy, organizing, and grassroots power building programs. Through all her work, she focuses on driving resources to organizations committed to challenging and changing systems for the better.

Stephanie has built a career helping nonprofits of all sizes achieve innovative and sustainable outcomes to complex problems. Prior to Elevate, she worked with Save the Children and Council for a Strong America to raise funding for local, state, and national advocacy programs focused on early childhood education and children’s health. She also worked in the progressive national security community on issue campaigns focused on the pentagon budget and nuclear weapons.

Before moving to Washington, DC, Stephanie was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine, where she spearheaded community development projects on maternal health, gender development, HIV/AIDS awareness, workforce development, leadership, and volunteerism. She continues this work raising humanitarian support for the people of Kherson, Ukraine.

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