EVENT: Reality Grantmaking Workshop

10/16/2020 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM PT


DER, in partnership with Campbell & Company and Cheryl A. Clarke and Susan P Fox, Fundraising Consultants and creators of Reality Grantmaking™ are excited to announce our very own Reality Grantmaking!!! More riveting than Love Is Blind, more entertaining than The Bachelor! When you sign up for this DER session, you will have an opportunity to submit a mini-proposal to compete for a cash grant of $1,000 if you wish. At the session, you will observe a panel of real grantmakers as they review proposals for real money.   The submissions window is now closed. Please register and join us for an amazing 90 minutes of grant proposal reviews, education on writing a winning grant proposal and our announcement of the finalists and WINNER!!! 

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Reality Grantmaking proposals will be reviewed by our select panelists.  Please register and join us for the proposal reviews, discussions on the process and our announcement of the 2020 Reality Grantmaking WINNER on October 16 from 12 noon to 1:30 PM.

Our panelists are Kenneth Blum of Kramer, Blum and Associates, Brenda Laribee of East Bay Community Foundation, Judi Powell of Pacific Foundation Services and Adrian Schurr of Google.org.  Our panel will be moderated by Cheryl A. Clarke and Susan P Fox, Fundraising Consultants and creators of Reality Grantmaking™.



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Kenneth Blum, Founder, Kramer, Blum and Associates (Panelist)

Kenneth Blum has extensive experience launching and managing foundations and evaluating funding proposals for families, entrepreneurs and individuals. Currently Ken manages the grant process for dozens of foundations including the Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation, Miranda Lux Foundation and Dean Witter Foundation.


Brenda Laribee, Senior Development Officer, East Bay Community Foundation (Panelist)

Brenda Laribee is a seasoned fund development professional whose gateway into the field was as a grants associate in the early 90s. Grants management remained a part of her work as both staff and consulting for several prominent nonprofits based in the Bay Area. Brenda also served as a proposal reviewer for many years for Macy*s Passport, AIDS Walk SF, and Academy of Friends. Currently, as Senior Development Officer at the East Bay Community Foundation, she partners with a variety of donors to help them realize their philanthropic goals and raises funds in support of advancing a just East Bay.


Judi Powell, Vice President of Program & Strategic Initiatives, Pacific Foundation Services (Panelist)

In her role as a member of PFS’s management team, Judi oversees all programmatic services PFS provides for foundation clients, provides leadership for PFS initiatives and partnerships, and serves as senior program staff for the Bothin Foundation and Pace Able Foundation.  Prior to joining PFS in 2016, Judi had years of experience in philanthropy as a consultant and in staff positions with organizations including Peninsula Community Foundation and Northern California Grantmakers.


Adrian Schurr, Regional Giving Lead, Google.org (Panelist)

Adrian Schurr is the Regional Giving Lead for Google.org, which supports local nonprofit organizations innovating to provide greater access to opportunity for low-income and underserved communities. Prior to joining Google.Org, Adrian served as a program manager for Google Fiber supporting community engagement. Adrian received a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and Chicano Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. A Bay Area native, he currently lives in the East Bay. 


Cheryl Clarke, Founder and Principal at The Clarke Group and co-creator of Reality Grantmaking™ (Moderator)

Cheryl A. Clarke is an author, trainer and fundraising consultant.  She is the author of Storytelling for Grantseekers: A Guide to Creative Nonprofit Fundraising.  A natural-born storyteller, Cheryl integrates stories in her work assisting amazing nonprofit organizations to excel at raising funds.  The founder and principal of The Clarke Group, she specializes in capital and major donor campaigns, annual giving, grantwriting and development planning.  Cheryl helps nonprofit agencies by serving as interim development director during times of staff leadership transition.   Before starting her consulting practice, Cheryl held senior development positions at the University of California-San Francisco and the University of San Francisco School of Law.


Susan Fox, Fundraising Consultant and c0-creator of Reality Grantmaking™ (Moderator)

Susan Fox has worked as an independent consultant to non-profit organizations since 1980.  She specializes in major gifts, annual fund, capital and planned giving campaigns and provides services in grantwriting, appeal letter writing and general fundraising strategies as well as strategic planning, coaching, retreat facilitation and fundraising training.  Based in San Francisco, Susan has taught classes and led workshops on fundraising throughout the United States as well as in Mexico and Belize.  She has been an instructor at UC Berkeley Extension, the University of San Francisco, the University of Montana, the Foundation Center and CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.  Together with colleague Cheryl A. Clarke, Susan co-authored Grant Proposal Makeover: Transform Your Request from No to Yes published by Jossey-Bass. 

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Registration for this event is required. Registration is $20 for DER members and $40 for non-DER members.

(NOTE: To receive the discounted members' rate, you must sign in to your account before registering.)


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Venue:  We will determine by the end of September if it is safe and appropriate to hold this as a) a live in-person event; b) a live panel event for moderators, panelists and finalists livestreamed through a private Facebook page to all registrants or c) a virtual Zoom event for all panelists, moderators, finalists and registrants.  Details will be sent to all registrants by the end of September via email.  Final details and Livestream or Zoom or in-person location will be sent to each registrant's email address from administrator@dersf.org one week after the registration closes. A reminder email will be sent out a few days prior to the Zoom virtual event on Friday. Please be sure to check your SPAM or Junk folder for the Zoom information or contact administrator@dersf.org on Monday, October 12th if you have NOT received an email with your event details and information.

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Cancellation Policy: If you contact us to cancel your registration before the deadline (9/24 at 5pm), you may receive credit towards a future event. If you cancel your registration after the deadline, the payment will be considered a tax-deductible donation to DER. Thank you for your support!


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