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How to Get Your Tech Projects Funded, Pt 2: Tips From Funders

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm  ET
$75.00 single session; $120 both sessions

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In the second session, you’ll get to ask several grantmaking professionals your biggest questions. Questions will be solicited in advance of the session and our moderator will ask as many as possible during the 90-minute session. Sample questions might include:

  • What makes a technology proposal stand out from others?
  • What issues do you see over and over?
  • What makes your non-techie colleagues react positively or negatively toward a technology proposal?
  • If you had one piece of advice to someone seeking funding for a technology project, what would it be?

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  • Learn what makes a strong technology project proposal from a funder’s perspective
  • Learn what funders see as red flags in tech proposals
  • Learn in advance what questions funders might ask in the process

Intended audience:

  • Small and medium organizations without professional IT staff
  • Executive Directors
  • Development Staff
  • Communications Staff
  • Nonprofit IT staff
  • Foundation staff who are just getting started funding tech projects
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Instructor: Karen Graham is a sought-after speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant with expertise in technology leadership and innovation, nonprofit software, and digital strategy. As Idealware's executive director she leads a team of researchers, presenters, and writers who create technology information resources designed to help nonprofit leaders put their vision into action. Her past experience includes leading the technology learning and networking programs at MAP for Nonprofits, serving on proposal review boards for technology grants and for the Dot.Org Awards, helping the startup thedatabank transform into a thriving software company, and various roles in arts and human services organizations. Participants in Karen’s training courses describe her as warm, engaging, and frequently mention that she leads some of the most interactive workshops they’ve ever attended. She holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of St. Thomas. 

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Panelist: Sutton Mora Hayes, Vice President of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis 
Sutton Mora Hayes is Vice President of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis (CFGM). After graduating from Webster University she began working in underserved neighborhoods in Chicago, which led her to pursue a Master program in City and Regional Planning at The University of Memphis. Prior to joining CFGM, she led several non-profits focusing on issues as diverse as neighborhood development, environmental justice, and education reform. In her current position, she oversees the discretionary grantmaking of the Foundation, developed, launched, and oversees its comprehensive community information system ( |, and serves as the point of contact for the Foundation’s community leadership initiatives.

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Panelist: Greg Kieser, Technology Manager, Robin Hood Foundation 
Greg Kieser is a Technology Strategy Consultant at Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty fighting organization. This means he serves Robin Hood’s more than 200 grantee organizations – ranging from shelters to soup kitchens to schools – by helping them discover and implement innovative tech solutions that produce the greatest poverty fighting impact for low-income New Yorkers.






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Panelist: Rebecca Shavlik, Executive Director, Shavlik Community Foundation 
Rebecca Shavlik is a founder and the Executive Director of the Shavlik Family Foundation which is focused on grantmaking to Minnesota based nonprofits with the goal of building technology capacity or removing information barriers for nonprofits or their clients. Over the course of her career, Rebecca Shavlik has had the opportunity to work in such diverse environments as government, nonprofits, private sector and franchising. She was part of the entrepreneurial team that founded Shavlik Technologies a security software company bought in 2011, which led to the endowment of the Foundation. Rebecca Shavlik also serves on a number of non-profit and for-profit boards of directors. Her range of experience gives her a unique perspective on budgeting and funding for the resources necessary to create strong operations that lead to impactful program development. 

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