Susan Shiroma, Senior Social Sector Librarian provides leadership and support for Foundation Center Northeast NY, a service of . Susan oversees public
services for social sector and philanthropy professionals in the New York City metropolitan region.  Susan’s achievements since joining the organization in 1995 include directing the national expansion of Foundation Center’s proposal writing seminar program and managing prospect and philanthropy research for over 1,000 nonprofit members of Foundation Center’s historic Associates Program. She is a popular and engaging Foundation Center training expert and public speaker.

Previously, Susan was an associate curator at New York University and adjunct professor of library sciences at St. John’s University and Long Island University. She is former Chair of the Consortium of Foundation Libraries, an affinity group of Council on Foundations.  Susan currently serves on the Board of Directors of King Manor Museum in Jamaica, N.Y. and has contributed over a decade of public service and advocacy work on behalf of New York City’s community education councils. She is has an M.L.S. from Columbia University and a B.A. from Barnard College.



Managing Your Grantseeking Data, Process and Deadlines

Debbie DiVirgilio, Faith Based Nonprofit Resource Center and Tyler Kern, Foundant Technologies

Do you feel like you are juggling too much data in too many places? What information is most important to keep when streamlining your grant process? In this session we will cover important processes and available resources to manage your critical grant data. You will learn:

  • The importance of creating a grant calendar;  
  • Steps to take after you get an award
  • How resources such as GrantHub can help manage deadlines

Data, Ethics & Alternative Facts

Diane Scarangella, Laura Troy, Nomani Ghazala, Bergen County Technical Schools

Creative use of data can make your grant application or evaluation report all the more compelling – but when does creative become an unethical manipulation of facts?  What do you do if your funder requires the unethical use data collection instruments to document your outcomes?  

This interactive workshop uses real life scenarios from different stages in the grant process to identify how facts become fictionalized.  Together we explore the ethics of data collection/use during the development, writing, implementation and evaluation of grant funded programs.

Mentoring New Grant Writers and Nonprofit Grant Seekers

Stacey Abate, Grant Consultant, Patricia Bruder, Linchpin Solutions

Many of us over a certain age fell into grant writing by accident and are self-taught. How often do we get requests from new grant writers, grant consultants or non-profits to “help them get grants”? What better way to maintain professionalism in the field than by mentoring our peers? This workshop will provide tools you can use as an experienced grant writer wishing to guide new clients, or as a new consultant (or non-profit) just starting out who needs a road map. The workshop will take the form of a short presentation with discussion of handy checklists, tips and tools to ensure you or your clients are “grant ready”.

Writing Powerful Performance Indicators (2-part session)

Lori Fabian, Fabian Consulting, Inc.

In our zeal to position projects competitively, we as grant writers can sometimes write performance indicators that promise more than our agencies can deliver. Poorly written indicators created without thoughtful input by program and administrative staff can result in miscommunications, unmet expectations, corrupt data, and even forfeiture of grant funding. This presentation will review common challenges, and offer practical advice on how to write winning performance indicators that their agencies can actually achieve and measure.

Using Needs Assessments, Lit Reviews, Focus Groups and Surveys to Demonstrate Need  (2-part session)

Rajita Bhavaraju, Rutgers University Grant applications are often funded, in part, if they address needs that truly exist and are well justified.  This presentation will provide an overview of quantitative and qualitative methods for collecting needs assessment/justification data to “sell” your grant application including literature and desk reviews, secondary data analysis, surveys, focus groups, and interviews.  These tools can also, in turn, be used to measure the objectives and/or indicators of success that you are setting out to accomplish.