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COVID-19 Concerns in Grantseeking (Session 2)

Foundant has been closely tracking the philanthropic sector’s response to COVID-19 through news stories, public resources and conversations with our partners and clients. Although the response to COVID-19 has taken on some familiar patterns for funders and grantees, it continues to evolve – and also brings up some new scenarios and challenges.

In this second session of our Grantseekers and COVID-19 webinar series, our panel of experienced grantseekers discuss:

  • Available programs, assistance and resources
  • Funder responses, adjustments and trends
  • Tips and advice: How to move forward in this time of crisis
  • Q&A session with panelist in addition to participants sharing through chat



Resources from the panelists, the audience, and more >>>

Q&A from the audience during the live session >>>

Chat log and polls from the audience during the live session >>>



Amanda Day, GPC | Co-host, Fundraising HayDay Podcast
Amanda is a Grant Writing USA trainer and former municipal grants administrator turned consultant with 17 years’ experience. She’s the Fundraising HayDay Podcast co-host and Board Member of the Grant Professionals Association. Amanda is a total book nerd, grant geek, and music lover. Follow her and her podcast on Twitter: @wholewheatgirl & @fundinghayday. [Read More]

Kimberly Hays de Muga | Co-host, Fundraising HayDay Podcast
Kimberly is the co-host of the Fundraising HayDay podcast, successful grant writer, fundraiser, and national speaker and trainer. She has more than 22 years of fundraising and grantseeking experience focused on health and human service nonprofits, from hospitals to food banks to programs supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities. Her passion is coaching and training nonprofits and funders toward successful fundraising that better serves their communities. [Read More]

Jo Miller, GPC, SMS | Managing Director and Founder, SmartEGrants
Jo is the founder and Managing Director of SmartEGrants and the SmartE Learning Center, a professional development and training organization, and owner / principal of J Miller & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in grants, fund development, social media strategy, program design, team development, and online communications. Jo has more than 25-years experience in grants, fund development, social media strategy, program design, team development, and online communications working with nonprofits and government agencies. [Read More]

Johna Rodgers, GPC | Founder, Johna Rodgers Consulting, LLC
Johna has been there and done that. And almost every step of her divergent path included grants. For nearly 30 years, Johna has helped organizations of all types and sizes address their most critical needs—at the federal, state, corporate, and grassroots levels. In 2015, she opened Johna Rodgers Consulting, LLC, a full-service consulting agency. With more than $162 million in grant awards, she has the competitive experience needed to ensure proposals are fundable. [Read More]

Diane H. Leonard, GPC, LSPO, LSM | Owner, DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services
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. [Read More]


Bethany Planton, GPC, SMS | Founder and CEO, bmpconsulting
Bethany got her start in the grant field as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 2011 and went on to become the Founder and CEO of bmpconsulting. She also serves as the Communications Coordinator for the Kentucky Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association. She loves reading and talking about it in bmpconsulting's nonprofit book nook, traveling (anywhere and everywhere), and cheering on The Ohio State Buckeyes. Follow her on Twitter @bethanymplanton.

Trish Bachman, GPC | Owner and Lead Consultant, The Write Stuff Delaware LLC
Trish’s grant journey began with a volunteer assignment with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and an online writing course. Since then, Trish has worked in every aspect of grant program management, design, implementation, and reporting. She received the Certified Grant Writer credential in 2014 and earned the Grant Professionals Certified credential in 2017. Today, she serves as president of the GPA Delmarva Chapter.

Kathy Hatfield, GPC | Owner, Kathy Hatfield Grant Solutions & Consultation
Kathy brings over 30+ years of extensive grant development and leadership experience to her work in the nonprofit sector. She has raised more than $71 million in federal, state, and local awards addressing critical community needs including runaway and homeless youth, survivors of interpersonal violence, persons who are homeless, among others. Her passion is to support and build capacity for nonprofits to better achieve their missions.

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About the Author

Tammy Tilzey is the Client Marketing Manager - Nonprofits, which encompasses intuitive grant management solutions designed to increase the efficiency and funding success of nonprofits. 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, marketing, and services 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 membership chair for the Grant Professionals Association’s Idaho Chapter and also serves as Board Secretary for the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI).

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