This course is geared toward developing and managing a grantwriting committee made up mainly of volunteers. However, you can mix and match staff and volunteers; add a dollop of board members or fundraising committee members; and if you are a large organization, you can often identify and use existing staff for many of these tasks. In this training I refer to all of the committee members as “volunteers,” even though some of them may be staff.
Cynthia M. Adams has spent the past 40 years helping nonprofit organizations raise the money needed to do their good work. Many of her early efforts centered on raising funds to set aside wilderness areas in Alaska. In 1990 she started her first company, the Alaska Funding Exchange. This endeavor served as the testing ground for a national company, GrantStation, which opened its Internet doors in the fall of 2001. Cindy built this business because she believes that grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the variety and scope of grantmakers and sound knowledge of the philanthropic playing field. Her life's work has been to level that playing field, creating an opportunity for all nonprofit organizations to access the wealth of grant opportunities across the U.S. and throughout the world.