Thursday, February 12, 2009

Free Training Opportunity: "Meet the Grantmaker" and more!

The GIC is happy to host an exciting, informational afternoon event on Friday, March 6, 2009.

Please join us for two sessions: "Conversation with Local Grantmakers" and "What's New with Foundation Directory Online Professional."

Time: 12 noon to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Memorial Library, Rm 126,
728 State St., Madison, WI 53706

Conversation with Local Grantmakers
Join us for a lunch discussion with local grantmakers that will provide helpful hints and insights into their grantmaking activities. They will detail how their organization prefers to be approached by grantseekers, and what they like (and do not like) to see in submitted proposals. They will also share a few words on how they see the current economic situation affecting their grantmaking.

Panelist include:

  • Ann J. Flynn, Executive Director of the Theodore W. Batterman Family Foundation;
  • Marthea A. Fox, Executive Director of the Alliant Energy Foundation; and
  • Tom M. Linfield, Vice President, Grantmaking & Community Initiatives at Madison Community Foundation.

What's New with Foundation Directory Online Professional
This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center's comprehensive database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization's funding needs. Free use of this database is available in the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Memorial Library.

Registration is required, so please sign up at

Grant Links: February 12, 2009

Manitowoc, WI: Manufacturing grants up to $4,000 available (Scroll down to view announcement.)

WI: WPPI Energy: Grant deadline extended for net zero homes

US: ASQ Community Good Works—Supporting the Community

Monday, February 2, 2009

Local Non-profit Secures Numerous Grants, Thanks to the GIC!

My name is Jamie Kratz-Gullickson and I am the Executive Director for PAVE – People Against A Violent Environment in Dodge County, WI. We are a small (budget under $350K) non-profit agency that provides shelter and services 365 days a year, 24 hours a day to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

I first met with Nikki Busch in the summer of 2008. I had recently been promoted to the Executive Director position and had taken a grant writing class that suggested I contact her. I brought a staff person along and we met with Nikki for about an hour or two. She introduced us to all the resources the Grants Information Collection had to offer us – from books to online resources to handouts. I returned to our agency with that information and spent the rest of the year researching and writing – and running an agency (grants are about 25% of my job).

In one month, we raised nearly $28,000. A fair portion of that was foundation dollars. We are currently waiting to hear about an additional $250,000 of pending requests. Even in this economic climate, the dollars are out there…you just have to know what you are looking for.

--Jamie Kratz-Gullickson

PAVE PO Box 561
Beaver Dam, WI 53916