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The 4 Conferences for Grant Writers that You Don’t Want to Miss in 2016

There are hundreds of nonprofit conferences in the upcoming year that cover topics ranging from marketing to fundraising to donor acquisition.


You can bet that grant writing conferences are on that list too! Each of them has something to offer, and your organization’s team can benefit from attending one (or a few!) of these events next year.


Not only will you be able to listen to and meet thought leaders in the grant writing world, but you will also interact with other nonprofit professionals with whom you can exchange ideas and contact information.


Make sure you mark your calendar for these four conferences for grant writers!


For all of the upcoming conferences in 2016, check out IMPACTism’s comprehensive list.


1. Grantmakers for Effective Organizations 2016 National Conference


For three days next May (the 2nd through the 4th), the Minnesota Council on Foundations will co-host the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations’ 2016 National Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Although registration won’t open until January 5th, attendees can register until the first day of the conference. Prices range from $800 to $1,400, depending on membership status and time of registration.


2016’s National Conference will focus on the current challenges and trends within the grantmaking world. New ideas will be discussed, and participants will get to engage in meaningful discussions with their colleagues about grant writing best practices.


The conference offers:


  • Thought-provoking speakers
  • Interactive programs
  • Special events
  • Networking opportunities
  • And more!


Previous conferences have covered topics ranging from grantmaking metrics to technology to storytelling.


This is a biennial event, so the next one won’t be held until 2018. Reserve your spot today and get on the path to learning more about grant writing success!

2. Persuasive Development Writing: Spring Session


The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) is hosting the spring session of the Persuasive Development Writing Conference from May 4th to the 6th in Phoenix, Arizona.


If you want to learn how to hone your skills as a grant writer, this is the conference for you! Designed for newcomers to the profession as well as professionals with mid-level responsibility, the Persuasive Development Writing Conference will have three tracks including:


  • General Development Writing
  • Writing for Major Gifts
  • Writing for Annual Giving


Attendees will receive hands-on training in a workshop format and get direct feedback on their writing samples.


Prices range from $935 to $1,420, and registration is currently open (though you must login to CASE to sign up).


If you plan on attending, make sure to bring your laptop (with Microsoft Word) and a USB cable to print your writing samples. Spots are filling up, so sign up for the Persuasive Development Writing Conference today!


Before you go, check out the five most common myths about grant writing.


3. Grants Managers Network Annual Conference


The Grants Managers Network will hold its 11th annual conference from March 14th through the 16th in New Orleans, Louisiana.


Topics covered in next year’s event will include:


  • Compliance
  • Data Intelligence
  • Grantmaking and writing best practices
  • Evaluating success
  • Skill building
  • Technology
  • And so many more!


Online registration opens on December 8th, and prices range from $725 to $1,145 depending on when you sign up and whether or not you’re a member of the Grants Managers Network.


Additionally, there is a pre-conference workshop for an extra fee that is for grants managers who are new to the profession.


What are you waiting for? Sign up for the annual Grants Managers Network Conference now!

4. 2016 GFE Annual Conference


If you’d rather attend a conference in the fall, the 2016 GFE Annual Conference is the place for you.


From October 26th through the 28th, Denver, Colorado will be the home of the Grantmakers for Education Annual Conference.


While information on next year’s conference is limited at this time, 2015’s conference offered attendees a whole host of information on topics related to grantmaking such as:


  • Narratives
  • Data and analysis
  • Technology
  • Philanthropy
  • And many more!


Past conference registration prices have ranged from $850 to $1,300 with discounts available to groups of three or more people.


Registration hasn’t opened yet, but the Grantmakers for Education will be posting more information on their website soon.


Whichever conference you choose to attend, make sure that you’re taking advantage of all they have to offer. Network with other participants, sit in on as many sessions as you can (without burning out!), and be engaged. You’ll come away with new information about grantmaking and be better prepared to be an effective grant writer!
This article contributed by Jack Karako of IMPACTism: Jack has 30 years’ experience within the charitable and philanthropic industry that he brings to the forefront with IMPACTism. Jack has been a major gifts fundraiser and senior organizational executive working with or consulting to nonprofit and advocacy organizations.  A generous community and civic leader who has served on several nonprofit boards, Jack has a unique perspective as a donor, benefactor, and as an industry thought leader.  Working closely with senior leadership in strategic planning, Jack has personally raised over $50 million in annual and deferred gifts.  Jack has a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, Florida), Master of Arts (M.A.) degree from American University (Washington, D.C), and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from State University of New York at Geneseo.

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