GRANTED! The Architecture of Grant Seeking for Progressive Social Change with Jennifer Navarro, Rachel Johnson, and Suzanne Valery
This three-part workshop is intended for grassroots and social change organizations interested in enhancing their grant seeking and proposal writing skills. In this environment of scarce resources, the ability to write a grant proposal is an essential skill in the nonprofit sector, particularly for organizations advocating on behalf of people who have been marginalized. These workshops will prepare participants to develop their proposals from start to finish--refining your mission and explaining your programs, to writing outcome-focused objectives, and demonstrating the impact of your work. In addition to enhancing skills in writing successful proposals, participants will also develop an understanding of the explicit and implicit “rules” of grant making, some of which can undermine the work of nonprofit organizations working for social justice and progressive social change.
Because each session builds on the prior one, we would greatly appreciate you attending all three workshops, not only for your benefit, but also to provide important feedback on the program.
Session 1: Foundational Principles
This 2-hour workshop begins by exploring some of the written and unwritten rules of grantmaking that are about limiting rather than expanding access to resources. By focusing on “needs” rather than assets, for example, funders support a deficit mindset that comes to define the people being served. A similar lack of focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion supports the status quo instead of calling for structural change. The basic components of all grant proposals will be presented to lay the groundwork for Sessions 2 and 3.
Session 2: Proposal Design: Who, What, Why, and When?
This 2-hour session provides the building blocks needed to position you for success in grantseeking. You will learn to support the needs your program is addressing with data and to define the population experiencing the need or problem. An essential building block is then to create outcome-focused objectives to address the need, and to build an activity timeline for the project period of the grant. These activities will then inform what goes into your project budget.
Session 3: How Do You Know You’re Making a Difference?
This 2-hour workshop focuses on evaluating the progress you’re making along a continuum of change--from changes in knowledge to changes in action to changes in societal conditions--and demonstrating the impact your work is having to further social change goals. You will understand the value of building a plan to sustain the program when grant funding ends.
ABOUT OUR PRESENTERS
Jennifer Navarro Rios (She, Her, Ella)
Jennifer is a first-generation, Latinx, Santa Barbara native. Her passion for social justice stems from her experiences as a first-generation Latinx woman, and she is particularly interested in intersectionality among social justice issues, including immigrant rights and reproductive justice. While earning her Sociology degree at UC Santa Barbara, Jennifer was the grant making intern for the FUND! Jennifer’s grant experience includes being the grants manager for Planned Parenthood where she is responsible for writing and managing all of the grants for the organization. Additionally, Jennifer’s experience includes program planning, facilitation, and evaluation. In her spare time, Jennifer volunteers and participates in social justice events, enjoys barbecuing with her family, and is always on the lookout for new adventures.
Rachel Johnson (she, her)
Rachel has been the Director of Grants at the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College since 2017, and currently serves on The Fund’s Grant Making Committee. Rachel’s mission for her work is rooted in social justice and educational equity, priorities shared by the Foundation for SBCC, The Fund, and the many other organizations for which Rachel volunteers. Here in Santa Barbara County, she has worked with and for the LGBTQIA+ community, formerly incarcerated students, veterans, countywide food insecurity initiatives, arts education, programs for underrepresented students at SBCC, sustainability initiatives, and many more. Rachel has over 15 years of experience as an academic and nonprofit grant-seeker, is the chair-elect of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education’s Federal Funding Task Force, which advocates for increased access to federal grant money for community colleges, and presents regularly at conferences on grant topics, student basic needs, and equity issues within fundraising. She is also an alumnus of the Leading from Within Emerging Leaders Program, and a graduate of the Antioch University Women in Leadership Program.
Suzanne Valery moved to the Central Coast in 2004 after 26 years in San Diego, to assume the role of director of institutional grants for Allan Hancock College. As the principal grant writer, Suzanne became familiar with the challenges and obstacles faced by the residents of north Santa Barbara County. She has over 30 years of experience working in all aspects of grant writing and management. Before working in education, she worked in the nonprofit sector providing case management, employment counseling, and developing self-sufficiency programs in collaboration with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community colleges. Now retired, Suzanne volunteers with the Fund for Santa Barbara’s Grant-Making Committee and is a member of Showing Up for Racial Justice in Santa Maria.
Community Organizing in a Pandemic & Beyond with Hazel Davalos & Lucas Zucker of CAUSE
Three-Part Series | Spanish interpretation provided | Recorded only in English
Build the capacity of your organization to adapt to COVID-19 by strengthening your digital, phone, and physical distancing strategies of community organizing into your work for systemic structural change while deepening relationships among local organizers. In this workshop, new and emerging community organizers will:
- Strengthen their understanding of how grassroots organizing can shift structures of power and injustice
- Gain tangible skills including conducting effective community outreach, developing strategic campaigns, training grassroots leaders, and crafting persuasive messages that can apply both online and in person
Audience: Intended for new and emerging community organizers, staff at local nonprofits who integrate community organizing practices into their work, and grassroots community leaders and activists with those organizations.
- Fortalecerán su comprensión de cómo una organización de base puede cambiar las estructuras del poder e injusticia.
- Aprenderán habilidades tangibles— la realización de un alcance comunitario efectivo, el desarrollo de campañas estratégicas, la capacitación de líderes de base y la elaboración de mensajes persuasivos que puedan aplicarse tanto por web como en persona
Público: destinado a organizadores comunitarios nuevos y emergentes, personal de organizaciones sin fines de lucro que integran prácticas de organización comunitaria en su trabajo y líderes y activistas comunitarios de base.
About our Presenters
Hazel Davalos is the Community Organizing Director at the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE). She was raised in Santa Maria, CA. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies, where she led student organizing efforts around racial equality and LGBTQ community. As a youth, Hazel participated in leadership organizations; Future Leaders of America and Just Communities, and also served on the grant-making committee of the Fund for Santa Barbara. Before joining CAUSE staff, Hazel worked 6 years for PUEBLO, a sister organization that eventually merged with CAUSE in 2013. At CAUSE Hazel has organized around immigrants’ rights, voter mobilization, public transit, environmental justice, education, affordable housing, and youth issues. In 2015, she began as CAUSE’s Community Organizing Director, training organizers in grassroots base building through the house meeting model. Hazel lives in Santa Maria, CA with partner Guillermo and daughter Lyla. In her free time she plays on a women’s soccer team.
Hazel Davalos es la Directora de Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE). Se formo en Santa Maria, CA. Hazel se graduó de UC Santa Bárbara con una licenciatura en Sociología y Estudios Femeninos, donde dirigió los esfuerzos de organización de los estudiantes enfocados en la igualdad racial y la comunidad LGBTQ. De joven, Hazel participó en organizaciones de liderazgo; Futuros líderes de América y comunidades justas, y también sirvió en el comité de subvenciones del FUND for Santa Bárbara. Antes de unirse al personal de CAUSE, Hazel trabajó 6 años en PUEBLO, una organización hermana que se fusionó con CAUSE en 2013. En CAUSE Hazel se ha organizado en torno a los derechos de los inmigrantes, la movilización de votantes, el transporte público, la justicia ambiental, la educación, la vivienda asequible y los problemas de la juventud. . En 2015, comenzó como Directora de Organización Comunitaria de CAUSE, capacitando a los organizadores en la construcción de bases de base. Hazel vive en Santa Maria, CA con su compañero Guillermo y su hija Lyla. En su tiempo libre juega en un equipo de fútbol femenino.
Lucas Zucker is Policy and Communications Director for the Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), a nonprofit community organization working to advance social, economic, and environmental justice in the Central Coast of California since 2001. He graduated from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy. Lucas joined the CAUSE staff in 2012 as a youth organizer and researcher. At CAUSE he has worked on community organizing campaigns and policy advocacy around voting rights, healthy food access, public transit, environmental justice, education, immigrants’ rights, affordable housing, prison sentencing reform, tax/budget reform, and workers' rights. Lucas serves on the board of the national Partnership for Working Families, the Planning Commission of the City of Ventura, and the Community Advisory Committee for Clean Power Alliance.
Lucas Zucker es Director de Políticas y Comunicaciones de Central Coast Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy (CAUSE), una organización comunitaria sin fines de lucro que trabaja para promover la justicia social, económica y ambiental en la Costa Central de California desde 2001. Se graduó de UC Berkeley con Licenciatura en Economía Política. Lucas se unió al personal de CAUSE en 2012 como organizador e investigador juvenil. En CAUSE ha trabajado en campañas de organización comunitaria y promoción de políticas en torno a los derechos de voto, acceso a alimentos saludables, transporte público, justicia ambiental, educación, derechos de los inmigrantes, vivienda asequible, reforma de sentencias de prisión, reforma fiscal / presupuestaria y derechos de los trabajadores. Lucas es miembro de la junta directiva de la Asociación Nacional para Familias Trabajadoras, la Comisión de Planificación de la Ciudad de Ventura.
CAUSE is a base-building organization committed to social, economic, and environmental justice for working-class and immigrant communities in California’s Central Coast. We build grassroots power through community organizing, leadership development, coalition building, civic engagement, policy research, and advocacy. CAUSE's vision is that together we can create a global community where we all contribute to, and benefit from, a sustainable economy that is just, prosperous and environmentally healthy.
RECORDINGS & RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE
Planning a Successful Fundraising Sprint Campaign
Virtual | Spanish interpretation provided upon request / Se proporcionará interpretación en español
Learn the basics of a sprint campaign—a short-term fundraising drive—including setting realistic goals, putting together your fundraising team, finding ways to stay on track amidst everything going on in the world. This unprecedented time of uncertainty and physical distancing is putting particular strain on fundraising efforts, particularly for smaller social change organizations and especially those with limited resources to leverage in fund development.
Rona Fernandez is a Senior Consultant at Klein & Roth Consulting and helps social justice nonprofits raise money in ways that are true to their values and visions. She lives in the Bay Area and has been doing fundraising in some shape or form for more than twenty years.
In April 2020, we hosted Rona Fernandez to guide us through an urgently-needed grassroots fundraising training that took into account our new time of crisis. On numerous occasions prior to 2019, we have hosted Kim Klein, author of Fundraising for Social Change, a book we recommend often to our constituents and use ourselves. We appreciate Klein & Roth Consulting's commitment to providing practical, hands-on advice, grounded in social justice values.
RECORDINGS & RESOURCES AVAILABLE HERE
“A Call to Justice: A Discussion of Community-Based Initiatives to End Racism and Build a Just, Prosperous, Sustainable Economy” with Manuel Pastor, Maricela Morales, and David Pellow with moderator Alice O’Connor
Virtual Panel - Spanish Interpretation Provided - Recording (in English Available)
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"Take a Stance! Nonprofit Civic Engagement & The Ballot Box" with Nona Randois of Bolder Advocacy & Geoff Green of SBCC Foundation and CalNonprofits
Recorded - Spanish Interpretation Provided
Co-Hosted with the CLU Center for Nonprofit Leadership
An afternoon of dialogue and action, as Geoff Green, CEO of SBCC Foundation and Board Member of the California Association of Nonprofits, sets the stage of the current social and political climate and how nonprofits can be involved. This introduction is followed by an informational presentation on the ins and outs of what nonprofits can and can’t do when engaging in political work by Nona Randois, CA Director for the Alliance for Justice Bolder Advocacy Project. For the second half of the afternoon, participants will have the opportunity to select a break-out discussion that gives them a deeper dive into the following subjects:
- “Endorsement Mechanics: Internal Policies & Processes” - using the FUND’s endorsement process as an example, discuss how your organization might navigate taking a stance this November--and beyond! With Stanley Tzankov, FUND’s Capacity Building Manager.
- “Consider the Landscape: Anticipate & Address Your Constituency’s Needs” - discuss possible considerations before, during, and after you take a stance in an election or legislation. Assessing the risks and benefits and balancing the needs of allied organizations, donors, and other key stakeholders can be challenging but ultimately an important part of advancing your mission. With Geoff Green.
- “Bolder Advocacy: Q&A on the Do’s and Don’ts for Elections, Advocacy & Lobbying for Nonprofits” - empower yourself with information on how to safely and boldly engage in the political sphere. With Nona Randois
Grassroots Fundraising with Rona Fernandez
About Rona Fernandez
Rona Fernandez has worked with social justice nonprofits for the past 20 years, always with fundraising as a part of her work. She has raised money in several capacities—as a community organizer, house party coordinator, development director, executive director and board member. Previously, she was the Managing Director of Californians for Justice, a statewide grassroots organizing group. She has also volunteered and / or fundraised for Reading Partners, the East Bay Meditation Center, Sama Sama Summer Camp and the CJ Foundation for SIDS. Rona graduated from the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training's Training for Trainers program in 2005, and co-coordinated GIFT's groundbreaking event, Raising Change: A Social Justice Fundraising Conference (now called Money for Our Movements) in 2006. She has served on the editorial board of the Grassroots Fundraising Journal and regularly contributes to the magazine. Her articles can be found in the Journal’s article archive. You can find a partial list of her clients on her LinkedIn page. Born and raised in the Bay Area, Rona is dedicated to helping grassroots groups learn how to fundraise effectively and build a base of donors within their communities.
About Klein & Roth Consulting
Learn more about Klein & Roth Consulting here. In the past we have brought Kim Klein, author of Fundraising for Social Change, a book we recommend often to our constituents and use ourselves. Klein & Roth Consulting helps organizations build strong fundraising programs that are mission-driven. They provide practical, hands-on advice, grounded in social justice values.
This workshop was made possible with support from the McCune Foundation, the James S. Bower Foundation, the Hutton-Parker Foundation, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and all the donors who support our work.
Gratis | Plazas son limitadas para facilitar conversation, así que regístrese o contáctenos si tiene preguntas.
Este momento de incertidumbre y distanciamiento físico está ejerciendo una presión especial sobre los esfuerzos de recaudación de fondos. Únase a nosotros para aprender y compartir cómo los grupos han resistido crisis pasadas, reunirse con sus colegas para generar soluciones creativas y escuchar a Rona Fernández, experta en recaudación de fondos.
Rona Fernández ha trabajado con organizaciones de justicia social sin fines de lucro durante los últimos 20 años, y la recaudación de fondos continuamente ha sido parte de su trabajo. Ha recaudado dinero en varias capacidades: como organizadora comunitaria, coordinadora de fiestas, directora de desarrollo, directora ejecutiva y miembro de la junta. Anteriormente, fue Directora Gerente de Californians for Justice, un grupo organizador de base a nivel estatal. También a sido voluntaria y recaudó fondos para Reading Partners, el East Bay Meditation Center, el campamento de verano Sama Sama y la Fundación CJ para los PEID. Rona se graduó del programa de Entrenamiento para Entrenadores del Instituto de Base para Recaudación de Fondos en 2005, y co-coordinó el innovador evento GIFT, Raising Change: A Social Justice Fundraising Conference (ahora llamado Money for Our Movements) en 2006. Ha servido en el consejo editorial del Grassroots Fundraising Journal y contribuye a la revista con regularidad. Se puede encontrar una lista parcial de sus clientes en su página de LinkedIn. Nacida y criada en los alrededores de San Francisco, Rona se dedica a ayudar a grupos de base aprender cómo recaudar fondos de manera efectiva y construir una base de donantes dentro de sus comunidades.