Michelle Greanias is the Executive Director of Grants Managers Network (GMN), serving in that role since 2008. Previously, she spent most of her career in corporate philanthropy, leading grants management teams to best practices through efficient grantmaking. She has also led other initiatives in program-related investments (PRI), socially responsible investments in housing and community development, and managed employee giving programs for over 5,000 employees.
Michelle has consulted with government and private sector programs to improve their grantmaking operations. She speaks and writes regularly on effective grants management practices and better philanthropy. Michelle joins the Philanthropy Hour today to talk about Grants Mangers Network, the importance of effective grantmaking, and what organizations can do to improve their practices. This is a different side of philanthropy that we haven't explored as much, but it is equally important to good philanthropy.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SHOW:
In this interview, we discuss:
- What is Project Streamline, and what does it mean to streamline the process? (2:00)
- The importance of discipline in grantmaking, and communication in every aspect. (12:30)
- How technology and online systems have been a game changer for the grants process. (19:45)
- Data Intelligence and interpreting data. (22:00)
- What the future of grantmaking will look like, and the things that can be done to improve those systems. (27:30)
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
"Our ultimate vision is that every grant that's made is done thoughtfully and can maximize the success of that grant."
LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE SHOW:
- More about Grants Managers Network.
- Grantmaker Assessment Tool.
- Project Streamline publications.
- Editorial in The Foundation Review.
- Her article in Markets For Good.
- Drowning in Paperwork, Distracted from Purpose.
- Making More Time For Mission.
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