The Community Foundation hosts an educational seminar each year specifically designed for our local non-profits to provide professional development opportunities for nonprofit boards and staff. The 2018 Seminar is focused on grant writing and is presented in partnership with Pinnacle Financial Partners, our Presenting Sponsor. It is scheduled for Tuesday, October 31, 2018 at the Community Foundation Office. The topic is Grant Writing Refresher: Tools to Improve Your Grant Award Success Rate.

Whether you have authored grants in the past or your organization is new to grant writing, there are basic tenets that when followed provide a much higher likelihood of a grant award. In this grant writing survey course, we will review the different types of grant opportunities and how to research those, explore the grant process from the grant maker’s perspective, review the most common grant writing mistakes, and explore the characteristics of winning grant proposals.

Participant Take-a-Ways will include:
– Tools for identifying the best grant opportunities;
– Ideas for cultivating grant maker relationships;
– Introduction to the Case for Support;
– A stronger understanding of grant maker motivations;
– Hands-on practice reviewing grant applications;
– Grant proposal check list;
– Tips for standing out from the pack;
– Best practices for reporting and stewardship.

Instructor Bio:
Christa Mannarino, MBA, CFRE
Mannarino Consulting – Owner/Principal

Christa’s first nonprofit management role was as executive director of an artist membership organization. During her ten-year tenure, programs earned national recognition for quality and excellence; revenue streams became diversified; membership doubled; a comprehensive re-branding effort was implemented; and the board of directors and professional staff worked in unison.

A huge part of her fundraising success was learning how to write grants, cultivating grant maker relationships, and creating smart tools to improve overall grant writing efficiencies. Today, Christa works as a consultant for nonprofit organizations addressing various needs including: executive transitions, coaching, strategic and development planning. Christa earned her bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She is a professional facilitator and holds the international Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification.

Please email Cathy Barrett at for more information or to register.