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Inside the Grantmaker's Black Box:
What Really Happens After You Push SUBMIT on Your Proposals?

Original Event Date: Oct 17, 2018
Running Time: 102:13 minutes
Presenter: Maryn Boess, GrantsMagic U
Cost: Alliance Members $0, Non-Members $49

You know that feeling on deadline day, when you finally push SUBMIT button and say goodbye to your lovingly-crafted, mission-critical grant proposal as it disappears … vanishing entirely for weeks, sometimes months, sometimes even forever … as you wait to find out whether it’s going to be funded or not.  

That space between "submit" on one side … and "notification" on the other … is what we call the Grantmaker’s Black Box. That’s where all the work goes on for the grantmaking team – the program officer, reviewers, decision-makers. That’s where everything happens to decide which proposals are awarded ... and which aren’t.

Yet for those of us on the grantseeking side, what happens inside the Black Box is virtually invisible. 

What if you could hop inside a real-life Grantmaker’s Black Box and get an up-close look at what goes on there? What if you had an insider’s view of the in-the-trenches challenges, stresses, frustrations, surprises, internal timelines, twists and turns the grantmaking team experiences at each step of the way, as it works hard to invest this year’s grant dollars wisely and well?

Would understanding more about the grantmaker’s world make a difference in your own grants work? Can you imagine how the insights and takeaways from this experience might give you an edge in your own grants success?

In this fast-paced, eye-opening webinar, you’ll join veteran grants officer Maryn Boess for a unique journey into the heart of the Grantmaker's Black Box as we venture into one grantmaker's funding process. Together we’ll take a high-level flyover of her own organization’s recent real-life grantmaking round on the way to awarding a total of $600,000.

Along the way you’ll experience plenty of surprises, aha!s and hmm’s as Maryn shares story after story about real life inside this particular Grantmaker’s Black Box - and tons of takeaways you can carry home and put to work immediately on behalf of your own nonprofit and community

About the Presenter

Maryn Boess
Maryn Boess is a veteran nonprofit professional, social entrepreneur, and leader in capacity-building and grantsmanship training. 

Over her 20+-year career in the nonprofit world, Maryn has been an on-staff program developer and grantwriter; an independent grants consultant; a grants project manager; a grants trainer; a grants reviewer, author, speaker, mentor and coach; and - yes - for the past 10 years, even a grantmaker.

Maryn’s grant proposals won more than $42 million for her clients in a single ten-year period. Since 2000 she has focused on creating and delivering a portfolio of high-quality, low-cost grants information tools, resources, and workshops shared by thousands of nonprofits nationwide. For the past 10 years Maryn has also been “in the grantmaker’s chair," managing up to $2 million annually in grantmaking for K-12 education in the Southwest.

Maryn moved from Arizona to the Pacific Northwest in 2011 and travels nationally to offer her workshops on practical strategies for healthy, successful grantseeking. GrantsMagic U, launched in Fall 2015 at, is the "virtual academy" she created to make her extensive portfolio of practical and inspiring trainings on successful grantsmanship available (and affordable!) for anyone, anytime, anywhere.

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