Know Your Funder: Foundations

Des Moines, IA US
October 26, 2016

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Participants will learn how foundations work, what makes a competitive foundation grant, and how to develop one.


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Overview of Grantseeking

  • What is a grant?
  • Who makes grants?
  • Why do they make grants?
  • How do they make grants?

Foundation Grantseeking Overview

  • The foundation landscape
  • How foundations work
  • Foundations vs. public grantmakers
  • Foundation solicitation: the need for cultivation
  • Types of foundations: small family foundations, local and regional family foundations, national family foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations, mission-driven foundations, research foundations

The Foundation Grant Process: From Potential to Partnership

  • Process overview
  • Preparation process, step 1: Goals
  • Preparation process, step 2: Prospects
  • Which foundations should you pursue?
  • Development process, step 1: Connect
  • Development process, step 2: Cultivate
  • Development process, step 3: Ask
  • Development process, step 4: Steward


Rebecca Huenink
Grants Consultant, Expert in Program Design, Grant Development, and Capacity Building

Key Awards:

  • $4,500,000 – HUD – Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program
  • $500,000 – CO Health Foundation – Healthy Living Program
  • $200,000 – AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation – Connections for Cardiovascular Health

Rebecca has more than a dozen years of experience developing winning programs and proposals for community organizations, educational institutions, providers of health and human services, and local governments. She is especially experienced with DOJ, HUD, HHS, ED, NSF, and private foundation grants. Rebecca is an expert at managing team-based development of complex proposals, synthesizing information from many sources to craft unified, compelling narratives. She has particular expertise in health and social services delivery, medical education, youth development, food and nutrition programs, and program implementation in rural areas.

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, Ms. Huenink has no conflicts with commercial interests to disclose.

Commercial Support

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity.

Continuing Education Credit

  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide osteopathic continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this program for a maximum of 3.0 AOA Category 2-A credits and will report CME and specialty credits commensurate with the extent of the physician’s participation in this activity.
  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 3.0 continuing education contact hours.
  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Other: This live activity is designated for 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 3.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 3.00 CPME
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
10/26/2016 - 1:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
10/26/2016 - 4:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Munroe Building
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Available Credit

  • 3.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 3.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 3.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 3.00 CPME


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