Event Calendar

The Science & Art of Grant-Writing
Feb 21 all-day
The Science & Art of Grant-Writing @ Rutland | Vermont | United States

The Science & Art of Grant-Writing

Friday, Feb. 21, 9:00 – 4:00

Stafford Technical Center

Adult & Continuing Education

Rutland, Vermont

Cost: $159

This seminar provides concrete, practical guidance for preparing successful grant proposals. You will learn how to organize proposals and build a compelling case to effectively “sell” programs to funders, as well as tips and tricks to make your proposals stand out. We discuss strategies to fully meet common grant application requirements, how to develop realistic program results/benefits, the importance of proposal appearance and grant opportunity search strategies. No experience necessary, but you should be comfortable expressing your ideas in writing.

Advanced Grant-Writing: Tackling the Tough Topics

Goals & Objectives; Outcomes & Evaluation; Building Budgets

Friday, April 17, 9:00 – 4:00

Stafford Technical Center

Adult & Continuing Education

Rutland, VT

Cost: $159

This workshop is designed for those who have some proposal writing experience or have taken “The Science & Art of Grant-Writing.” We cover the “sticky issues” that are most challenging: translating project ideas into clear, measurable goals, objectives and activities; determining outcomes to demonstrate you’ve attained project aims; designing effective, easy-to-implement evaluation strategies; and building realistic budgets (including the often-vexing match requirement).


To learn more and register:  http://staffordonline.org/product-category/other-educational-opportunities/ or call Maryanna at 802.770.1178.  Any questions? annelezak@gmail.com

Evaluation comments from workshop participants:

“Super useful. Anne knows her stuff and is a positive and engaging teacher.”
“I was able to get very practical help! I feel like I can leave today and actually start my grant proposal.”
“Anne has a wealth of knowledge and broke everything down in a way I could readily understand.”

Planned Giving 101 @ Hotel Vermont
Mar 19 all-day

Planned Giving 101

Hosted by NH & VT Council of Charitable Gift Planners
Thursday, March 19, 2020

NH & VT Council of Charitable Gift Planners Member (and guest): Free
Non-Members: $60/person

It’s easy to find yourself paralyzed by the complexities and minutiae of complicated planned giving vehicles – and to become convinced that planned giving is way beyond your reach. But really, it’s not.

This workshop helps even the smallest shops focus on ways to effectively and efficiently “get in the game” with planned giving. We will avoid the arcane detail of the more complex planned gifts, and will instead focus on basic action steps for developing a planned giving strategy that works for your organization. We’ll help participants develop an appreciation for the fundamental difference between a donor’s income and assets, and how to focus on the most likely and simpler planned gifts that will convert those assets into gifts for your organization. We’ll also discuss how to make your organization “a planned giving kind of place.”

Participants will develop an understanding of the financial and psychological motivations for donors, and how – even if you are a small nonprofit – you can create and develop a successful and impactful planned giving program that can complement and enhance your annual fundraising efforts.

May we introduce our speakers…

Al Cantor is principal of Alan Cantor Consulting LLC, based in Concord, New Hampshire. He works with nonprofit organizations on issues of resource development, strategic planning, governance, and executive leadership. Prior to starting his consulting business in 2012, Al had thirty years of experience in the New Hampshire nonprofit sector.

In addition to his consulting work, Al is a prolific writer, presenter, and keynoter on issues relating to the nonprofit sector. He is a frequent contributor to the opinion pages of the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Nonprofit Quarterly, and Philanthropy Daily, and he has been cited by publications including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Barron’s, Atlantic Monthly, Bloomberg News, Pro Publica, and Vanity Fair.

Al is a board member and immediate past president of the NH & VT Council of Charitable Gift Planners. He is an avid cyclist, hiker (having completed the New Hampshire 4,000-footer club in 2017), and reader, with a special affinity for history.

Theresa Curry, J.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Development and Executive Director of Gift Planning at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst joined UMass as an experienced and successful attorney and planned giving professional. Prior to joining UMass, she served as the Assistant Vice President of Gift Planning & Administration at UNH Foundation, where she transformed the gift planning program and played a vital role in the success of its recent Campaign. She is an experienced attorney having practiced law in the areas of business, probate, estate planning and non-profit law in Massachusetts, Oregon, California and Minnesota. Theresa began consulting and working in Gift Planning in 1998. After moving to New England, she established the gift planning program at Merrimack College. She also worked for the ALS Association as their Regional Director of Philanthropy for their East Coast operation. Theresa speaks and presents locally and is the immediate past program chair for the New Hampshire and Vermont Council of Charitable Gift Planners. She is also involved in the Planned Giving Group of New England. Theresa lives with her husband and daughter in Newburyport, Massachusetts and is an avid and accomplished athlete having completed several cycling events and races, marathons, ultra-marathons and triathlons.