This year’s conference theme is “Finding Your Compass: Skills for Grant Success.” The theme draws from a strong interest this year in developing excellence in a variety of aspects of grant research, application development and reporting.

The target audience for the conference is people who expect to research, apply for and manage grants for recipient organizations.  This includes, but is not limited to, grant professionals, administrators, finance and development professionals, executive directors and board members, as well as students in a variety of fields such as education administration, nonprofit management, state and local government administration, etc.

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Lunch Keynote:

  • Nevin Kessler, Executive Director of the Rutgers University Foundation

Meet the Funders Panel:

  • Jeremy Grunin, Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, Inc.
  • Bill Byrnes, F. M. Kirby Foundation
  • Marsha Atkind, The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey
  • John Nolan, Harold B. and Dorothy A. Snyder Foundation
  • Eddie Laporte, NJ Office of Faith-Based Initiatives

Breakout Sessions 

  • Grant Writing Basics, by Jill Levy, Independent Consultant
  • Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation, presented by Jeffrey Lischin, Independent Consultant
  • ALICE Database, presented by Joanne Hala
  • Using Needs Assessments, Lit Reviews, Surveys and Focus Groups to Demonstrate Need, presented by Rajita Bhavaraju, Rutgers University
  • Nurturing Relationships with Funders, presented by Eddie Laporte, NJ Office of Faith Based Initiatives
  • Succeeding as a Grant Consultant, Panel Discussion with Susan Caruso-Green,  Resource Development Network, Stacey Abate, Independent Consultant, and Patricia Bruder, Linchpin Solutions