WRAG partners with Booz Allen Hamilton to offer nonprofits an insider’s view into the world of philanthropy

by Katy Moore
Managing Director of Corporate Strategy
Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers

WRAG is excited to partner with Booz Allen Hamilton again this year to offer our popular Nonprofit Summer Learning Series. Designed and taught by some of the Greater Washington region’s most respected nonprofit and grantmaking professionals, this three-part professional development series “pulls the curtain back on philanthropy” and sheds light on how grantmakers think, how they approach their work, what they look for in strong nonprofit partners, and how nonprofits can build new and stronger relationships with the local funding community.

With 75-100 nonprofit professionals in attendance at each session and more than ten speakers and panelists representing a variety of funding entities featured during the series, these events offer great networking opportunities! And, at just $35 per person per session, the series offers insightful, affordable professional development opportunities for the local grant-seeking community. Registrants can participate in-person, via live webinar, or can choose to watch the webinar recording at a later date.

Check out this year’s line-up and help us spread the word!

National and Regional Philanthropic Trends
June 22, 2017 from 8:30 – 11:00 am

Do you wonder what will matter to grantmakers in 2017 and beyond? This session will look at the major national and regional philanthropic trends sweeping the field and suggest ways that you can capitalize on these developments. Trends include, for example, continued growth in impact investing, grantmaking with an equity lens, the rise in evaluation culture, and more focused, strategic philanthropy.

Speakers & Panelists:

• Stacy Palmer, Editor, Chronicle of Philanthropy
• Nicky Goren, Meyer Foundation, “Strategic Philanthropy”
• Yanique Redwood, Consumer Health Foundation, “Grantmaking with an Equity Lens

Leveraging your Funders Beyond Dollars
July 12, 2017 from 8:30 – 11:00 am

Grantmakers often go “beyond dollars” and leverage all of their assets to address challenges and opportunities in their communities. In this session, we will explore the numerous non-dollar strategies that funders use to meet their philanthropic goals, including serving as thought partners, issue advocates, and conveners as well as providing valuable manpower and professional expertise through volunteerism and pro bono services. Learn how to leverage these resources and find opportunities for mutual support in order to achieve greater impact together.

Speakers & Panelists:

• Carolynn Brunette, Prince Charitable Trusts
• Amy Nakamoto, The Meyer Foundation, “Funders as Thought Partners & Issue Advocates”
• Amy Owen, Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties, “Funders as Conveners & Connectors”
• Graham McLaughlin, The Advisory Board Company, “Corporate Volunteerism & Pro Bono Support”

August 14, 2017 from 8:30 – 11:00 am

Grantmakers want to see evidence that the programs and organizations they are funding are having an impact. At the same time, many nonprofits struggle to find the right tools and methodology for demonstrating their effectiveness. Establishing a practice of evaluation can be simple and can significantly improve an organization’s effectiveness and ability to attract funding. In this session, we will explore the reasons for the rise in evaluation culture and look at some examples of nonprofits who have successfully implemented evaluation models.

Speakers & Panelists:

• Brett Theodos, Urban Institute
• Claudia Williams, Washington Area Women’s Foundation
• Bethany Henderson, DC Scores
• Dan Hall, DC Central Kitchen