Building a Winning Grants Team

As grant professionals, we all need the support of a team. But how do you start?

  • How many people do you want or need on your grants team?
  • What tools and strategies can you use to build your grants team?
  • And what are the biggest challenges you anticipate that could derail your winning team?
  • How can you be both a strategic manager and a supportive coach to all the members of your team during the grant writing season?
  • How do you define a successful grant writing season? 

Let’s strategize for success during each phase of your grant writing season: 

“Field of Dreams” or How to Build a Winning Grants Team How to Build a Winning Grants Team Part 2: Regular Season How to Build a Winning Grants Team Part 3: Post & Off Season

About the Author

Jodi Samuels

A devoted Red Sox fan, Jodi is the Director of Strategic Support for Colleges & Scholars at the Foundation for California Community Colleges. Jodi has worked with health and education non-profits since 1997, including as Deputy Director of Development & Training at the California Primary Care Association (CPCA); Director of Grants, Data, & Research at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte; as a teacher and trainer for Kaplan Test Prep; and as a Foreign Language Technologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During her 17+ years as a grant professional, she raised nearly $40 million from public and private entities, including awards for core operating support, special projects and programs, and event sponsorship. Jodi holds a PhD in French Literature from the UW-Madison, an MA in French from Middlebury College, and a BA in French & Theatre from Wesleyan University.

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