Diane H Leonard

Diane is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC), Approved Trainer for the Grant Professionals Association. She is also a Licensed Scrum Master and Licensed Scrum Product Owner through Scrum Inc. Since 2006, Diane and her team have secured more than $64 million dollars in competitive grant funds for her clients. Diane began her work in philanthropy by serving as a grantmaker first, and continues to draw on that experience by serving as a reviewers for grantmakers each year. When not working on grant application for the federal government, state and local governments, or private foundations, Diane can be found in the 1000 Islands, out for a run, or drinking a strong cup of coffee.

  • Using Agile in Your Fundraising Team1:08:22

    Using Agile in Your Fundraising Team

    Learn how an Agile mindset, and specifically the Scrum framework, can help your organization increase outputs, outcomes, and impact of your fundraising team across several areas.

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  • Using Sprints in Nonprofits

    Using Sprints in Nonprofits

    Setting a cadence for scheduled improvements in an organization can be tricky. This interview from Agile in Nonprofits details the experiences & benefits nonprofits have gained from the Sprint method.

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  • A Success Story: Founding a Nonprofit Using the Scrum Framework

    A Success Story: Founding a Nonprofit Using the Scrum Framework

    The Scrum framework is a powerful tool that can benefit any organization. The story of the New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative's beginnings is the perfect example.

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  • Releases in Nonprofits

    Releases in Nonprofits

    Learn from Beth Tuttle of SMU DataArts experience how the Agile and Scrum frameworks can improve an organization. All it takes is one project and the benefits can spread from there!

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  • Agile in Nonprofits Interview with Solomon Belette

    Agile in Nonprofits Interview with Solomon Belette

    Learning more about the importance and application of agility can increase effectiveness and efficiency in nonprofit efforts. This is something to keep in mind when strategizing for 2021.

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  • Being an Agile Leader In Your Nonprofit (Regardless of Your Title)

    Being an Agile Leader In Your Nonprofit (Regardless of Your Title)

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    Being an Agile Leader In Your Nonprofit (Regardless of Your Title)

    Being an Agile Leader in Your Nonprofit focuses on empowering YOU, an amazing nonprofit professional, regardless of your title, to embrace the role you can play as a leader within your teams.

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  • Recommendations to Grantmakers (and Grantseekers) on COVID-19 Response

    Recommendations to Grantmakers (and Grantseekers) on COVID-19 Response

    As grantmakers and grantseekers navigate the upcoming challenges together, there are things that both sides of the funding equation can do to foster stronger funding partnerships.

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  • Using an Agile Framework to Win More Grants1:08:53

    Using an Agile Framework to Win More Grants

    This on-demand webinar helps grant professionals learn how to utilize Scrum in creating your grant plan for the year, how to manage large grant applications, and how to facilitate your grant team.

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  • Should I give grantmakers more than they ask for?

    Should I give grantmakers more than they ask for?

    When I teach beginner level grant writing courses, a common question from participants is whether or not it is okay to send or upload additional materials that were NOT requested by the grantmaker...

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  • Tips for Telling (and Selling!) Your Story in Grant Applications1:03:03

    Tips for Telling (and Selling!) Your Story in Grant Applications

    Storytelling is not only a key to successful fundraising efforts with individual donors. Storytelling is a key element for successful grant writing as well.

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  • Grant writing isn't a creative writing exercise, but. . .

    Grant writing isn't a creative writing exercise, but. . .

    To connect the reviewer for the grantmaking organization to the proposed work, it is important that they understand the larger story of the work you are doing.

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  • Supporting Capacity: 6 Tips to Elevate Your Grant Funded Partners

    Supporting Capacity: 6 Tips to Elevate Your Grant Funded Partners

    While serving as a grantmaker gives wonderful perspective and insight for when sitting on the grantseeking side of the table, it also gives me unique perspective and ideas on ways grantmakers could...

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  • A Grant Team of We, Not Me

    A Grant Team of We, Not Me

    Do you feel like a grant team of one? Or, conversely, do you have an idea of who your grant team should be, but have a difficult time actively engaging them?

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  • Identifying and Maximizing Your Grant Team for Great Results1:11:20

    Identifying and Maximizing Your Grant Team for Great Results

    Do you feel like a grant team of one? Or, conversely, do you have an idea of who your grant team should be, but have a difficult time actively engaging them?

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  • Grant Readiness: More Than Wanting Grant Funding1:05:21

    Grant Readiness: More Than Wanting Grant Funding

    In this on-demand webinar, learn how to measure your organization’s grant readiness and what it really means to be “grant ready.”

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