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Masterclass: Understanding Grants and Funders

Date: 31 July 2017 at 02:00 pm Presenter: Pro Bono Australia Run time: 60 minutes * 3 Location: Online Materials Price: $0 (in AUD)

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Donations big and small are at the core of your organisations funding stream. They allow you to achieve your for-good impact. But do you know how to cut through to the right funders to maximise your fundraising efforts?

This Masterclass will provide you with a holistic perspective on how to strategically and effectively engage with potential funders.

These three sessions will give you exclusive access to the inner workings and decision-making processes of funders to leave you with a thorough understanding of the grant application process.

Consisting of three of our most insightful and popular webinars on funding relationships and grant applications, you’ll be armed with in-depth, valuable insights into how funders think, how decisions are made and ways you can avoid making all-too-common mistakes.


Purchasing a ticket for this masterclass will give you permanent access to:

Understanding Private Philanthropic Funds

  • Characteristics and diversity of private philanthropic funds
  • Rationale behind funding decisions
  • How to best identify and approach PPFs

Grant Applications

  • The right ways to engage a funder and the most important questions you should ask
  • The disturbing things Not for Profits often get wrong
  • What you need to do before writing a grant proposal
  • How to adapt to different entities
  • Your best move when your grant application is unsuccessful
  • How you can leverage to build success upon success.

Improve your Funder Relationships

  • How grant seekers and makers build and maintain strong relationships
  • Understanding how trust, power, and respect can impact relationships
  • Funder stereotypes and attitudes
  • Actions that most hinder and most help funding relationships


What does the Masterclass include?

The Masterclass includes audio and video recordings, slide decks and webinar books for each webinar. The webinar book is a tool designed to ensure your learnings last. It includes the session’s transcript with corresponding slides, the live chat stream and presenter notes.

Seen one but not the other?

At $100 for three webinars, you’ll save $30 by purchasing this Masterclass. If you’ve seen one, you can purchase the webinars individually via the links above.

Who will benefit?

If you’re in the social sector and want to gain a comprehensive understanding of funding relationships and grant applications to be able to engage with funders in a meaningful way, then this webinar is for you.

Did you know?

All 2018 Guide to Giving bookings made before 31 August receive a complimentary Masterclass on Fundraising. To the value of $170, it includes the webinars below, as well as the session ‘Putting Stories to Work’. For more information about the Guide to Giving and this offer, click here.




Improve your funder relationships

Sarah Davies, CEO of Philanthropy Australia

Sarah’s current community roles include Director of Kids Under Cover and board member of the Centre for Social Impact. Sarah is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program and a Victorian JP.

Genevieve Timmons, Philanthropic Executive for the Portland House Foundation

Genevieve has been active in philanthropy and grant making for over three decades, pioneering approaches to contemporary giving programs and promoting thought leadership around generosity in Australia and New Zealand.


Understanding Private Philanthropic Funds


Simon Lewis Head of Philanthropy, The Myer Family Company Ltd

Simon has a deep commitment to the non-profit and community sector on both a professional and a personal level. He has experience running his own foundation, as well as consulting to the non-profit sector across a variety of areas and issues.

Meghan Weekes, Manager – Philanthropy and Non-Profit Services, Perpetual

Meghan is passionate about philanthropy and the potential it has to influence social change. Her role as Manager – Philanthropy and Non-Profit Services enables her to work with philanthropists to achieve their charitable goals. Before joining Perpetual Meghan worked in the not-for-profit sector in fundraising and community engagement roles.

Ruth Johnstone Executive Director, The Caledonia Foundation

Ruth has over 15 years public and private sector experience, including project and program management in government and non profit, business and network development, marketing and events strategy and implementation.

Facilitated by: Lina Caneva, Editor, Pro Bono Australia

Lina has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and Editor of Pro Bono Australia News since it was founded in 2000.


Grant Applications

Vedran Drakulic, CEO of Gandel Philanthropy

Gandel Philanthropy is one of Australia’s largest independent family philanthropic funds.

Lin Bender, Chief Executive of Helen Macpherson Smith Trust

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust is an independent philanthropic trust established in 1951.

Grant Hooper, Senior Manager of Grants at Equity Trustees Grant

Grant and his team manage the granting activities of discretionary philanthropic trusts. The role involves developing and implementing granting strategies and providing research and advice to Trustees and donors to inform their grantmaking.


These webinars are brought to you in partnership with Philanthropy Australia.


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