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How to Cultivate Meaningful Relationships with Funders

Thursday, December 03, 2015 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm  ET

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Live webinars are scheduled for Eastern Time.

In this webinar, we will help you learn additional ways to stand out from the crowd in this increasingly competitive world of foundation fundraising by cultivating meaningful professional relationships with grantmakers. Join Foundation Center staff Jen Bokoff and Aleda Gagarin who will explain how to make initial contact with funders, continue the conversation, and authentically engage without (always) asking for money.


Connecting with foundations: Dos and Don’ts

How to cultivate grantmaker relationships before, during, and after you submit a proposal

Strategies and best practices for effective communication with funders


Increase your understanding of how communication fits into the foundation funding process

Identify specific ways to build foundation relationships

Strengthen connections with current and prospective funders

Intended Audience:

Development and communications staff of all experience levels will benefit from this session.

Nonprofit job seekers and consultants

Instructors: Jen Bokoff and Aleda Gagarin

Jen Bokoff
Director of GrantCraft, a Service of Foundation Center 

Jen Bokoffworks to increase the collective knowledge of the philanthropy field by developing free resources to help grantmakers improve their practice, and facilitating dialogue with funders around the world. She also teaches professional development classes at the Brooklyn Brainery on topics such as how to run effective meetings and how to be a connector. A graduate of Tufts University with a B.A. in sociology and community health, Jen chairs the development committee on the Alumni Council. She previously worked for a private foundation, the IRS, and LIFT, an anti-poverty nonprofit. In her spare time, she serves on advisory committees for The Moth’s education programs and the James Beard Foundation Annual Food Conference. Jen is also a blogger, storyteller, amateur comedic improviser, and second base woman on Foundation Center’s softball team. Find her online at and

Aleda Gagarin
Development Associate, Foundation Center 

Aleda Gagarin manages a diverse funder portfolio, collaborates on special projects, and coordinates reporting and evaluation for projects including Foundation Center’s strategic plan. She received an M.A. in urban planning with departmental honors at Hunter College, and a B.A. in international relations with a focus on development from American University. Previously, Aleda helped research and evaluate the Ford Foundation’s Building Economic Security Over a Lifetime initiative at North Star Planning & Evaluation, and assisted Dr. Susan Turner Meiklejohn in conducting qualitative research on theories of assimilation versus affiliation. Aleda practices Shaolin Kung Fu, coaches a girls’ basketball team, and enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children.

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