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Listen, Learn, and Rebuild with Resilience

For your convenience, you can download the webinar slides here and the FixTheForm Checklist here.

Organizations across the sector have experienced a fundamental shift in how philanthropy is conducted over the past year. Continued references to a "new normal" only mean that things are now and will continue to be different. If you haven't already, it's time to embrace this change.

This on-demand webinar explores how The POISE Foundation has embraced change over the past year and taken action to scale back its forms and processes by listening and learning from its applicants, adjusting, and then rebuilding in a way that helps applicants begin from a place of strength.

You will also find inspiration in the feedback offered by 500 grant professionals in nine countries through the #FixTheForm movement. Learn specific, action steps you can take to maximize your grants management system to best support your nonprofit communities. You may be surprised by which small changes will have the biggest impact.

You'll learn:

  • What the #FixTheForm movement is and how it's changing the application game.
  • How POISE Foundation has been doing this work amidst a changing landscape and has committed to pulling this culture of learning forward.
  • How technology can and should support your efforts.
  • Actionable steps to get started.


Kari Aanestad | Director of Advancement, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
As the Director of Advancement at Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Kari advances the mission and work of MCN and Minnesota’s nonprofit sector through strategic visioning, fundraising, relationship development, sector research, and education. She is also the Vice President of the Minnesota-Northstar Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association. [Read More]

Traci R. Johnson | Former Program Officer, POISE Foundation
Traci is a strategic thinker and innovative thought leader that is dedicated to helping clients, communities, and organizations re-imagine and expand the box of possibility. She is an experienced nonprofit leader with the ability to drive organizational transformation that generates growth and success. As the Program Officer at POISE, Traci assisted Black-led, Black-serving organizations in bringing change to their community. She accomplished this by managing the Foundation’s grantmaking portfolio, leading strategic initiatives, developing new grantmaking strategies, and engaging community stakeholders.

Traci has 10+ years of success in management consulting, organizational improvement, project and change management, process improvement and development, program design, strategic communications, and data analysis. She is passionate about working with organizations and community members to create unconventional solutions to complex community problems and assisting organizations in their capacity building efforts. Traci is a graduate of Carlow University with a BA in Political Science. She is currently an MPM Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University – Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.

Tammy Tilzey | Nonprofit Client Marketing Manager, Foundant Technologies
Tammy focuses on solutions and partnerships that increase the efficiency and funding success of our nonprofit community. She particularly enjoys working and collaborating with passionate clients and coworkers. Tammy holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Montana State University and has held development, services, and marketing leadership roles at several growing software companies. In her role at Foundant Technologies, Tammy is able to further our mission to maximize the impact of the philanthropic community. What could be better than that? Tammy serves as program co-chair for the Grant Professionals Association’s Idaho Chapter and also serves on the board of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). [Read More]

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About the Author

In her time with Foundant (since 2011) Sammie Holzwarth has taken on many roles in her path to becoming the Product Manager of Grants & Scholarships. Starting as an intern with Foundant’s Marketing Team, Sammie then moved into a Client Success Manager role - successfully implementing well over 150 clients. Her Foundant adventure next took her to the Sales Team as Foundant’s GLM/SLM Product Implementation Engineer. Her breadth of knowledge and extensive experience working with a plethora of clients and in varying roles at Foundant fuels her passion and excitement to continually improve GLM/SLM, and herself which she now brings to her role as the Product Manager for Grants and Scholarships! Sammie has a passion for youth philanthropy and has spearheaded the Youth Giving Project in Bozeman, MT as well as serving as an Exponent Philanthropy Next Gen Fellow for 2016. Montana holds a special place in Sammie’s heart as she is a born and raised Montanan; from rolling plains to mountain tops, this is where she feels most at home and takes every opportunity to soak in the outdoors. When traveling beyond the Big Sky State, Sammie loves anywhere with a vibrant culture, and delicious food. Connect with Sammie directly at or on twitter @SammieHolzwarth.

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