Community Conversations: Nonprofit Grant Writing

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Date(s) - June 4, 2024
8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Rutland Country Club

Fee: Free
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Dive into the world of grant writing with insights from Keynote Speakers, Dana Jeffery, Grant Manager for Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, and Barbara Spaulding, Director of Grants and Outreach at Rutland Redevelopment Authority.

This event is free of charge, and we encourage you to invite colleagues from nonprofit organizations. Use the RSVP button below to reserve your spot and provide any grant-related questions you would like to explore during the event. 

Whether you’re a seasoned grant writer or just starting out, your insights and experiences are valuable to our community. Seats are limited, so reserve your spot today! RSVP deadline is Friday, May 24

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Questions? Contact Tracy Adams at [email protected]


A continental breakfast and lunch will be served.

8:30am – 9am

9:15am – 10am

10:15am – 11:30am

11:30am – 12:30pm

12:30pm – 1:10pm

1:15pm – 1:50pm

1:50pm – 2pm

Registration and Networking Breakfast

Keynote – Dana Jeffery

Keynote – Barbara Spaulding

Networking Lunch

Table Talk Session 1

Table Talk Session 2



Dana Jeffery
Grant Manager
Ben & Jerry’s Foundation

Dana Jeffery is Grants Manager for the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, an independent private foundation providing grant opportunities to organizations within Vermont and across the United States and its territories. As the virtuoso of the Foundation’s grants system, and all things coordination between the Ben & Jerry’s Employee Committees (the Foundation’s grant making bodies) and the esteemed organizations that seek funding, Dana believes that everyone can make a difference for the better and thrives on assisting and supporting others as they seek justice for their communities. Dana joined the Foundation staff in 2010 after serving on the Employee Grant Making Committee for 5 years. Dana hails originally from Australia and brings a unique perspective to her work at the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation team, she worked at the Ben & Jerry’s Waterbury plant initially as a production worker and then as a Senior Tour Host. Dana’s passion for servant leadership in her work comes from her extensive history of working in the hospitality sector prior to her time at Ben & Jerry’s and aligns with the Foundation’s efforts to incorporate Trust Based Philanthropy practices.

Barbara Spaulding
Director of Grants and Outreach
Rutland Redevelopment Authority

Barbara Spaulding has dedicated nearly three decades to the Rutland Redevelopment Authority (RRA), initially serving as a grant writer/administrator before being promoted to Director. With a diverse background including roles at the Rutland Herald and local accounting firms, Barbara’s expertise extends to grant writing and administration. She’s also a published author and creator of the Bellevue Avenue Haunted House, and during the holidays, she hosts a showcase of themed Christmas trees in her home, collecting non-perishable food donations for the Rutland Area Community Cupboard. Barbara’s commitment to her community extends beyond her professional life; she’s an Ambassador for Mentor Vermont and a lead mentor with the Rutland Mentor Connector, where she has been matched with a youth for the past eight years. Together, they became Ambassadors in 2023, reflecting Barbara’s unwavering dedication to making Rutland City a better place for all.