The College of the Canyons Office of Grants Development will host its 8th annual “Meet the Grant Makers” panel presentation and seminar event on Friday, June 8, offering Santa Clarita Valley’s nonprofit organizations an opportunity to learn how to improve their fundraising efforts and see their organizations thrive.
With the participation of representatives from both The Ahmanson Foundation and Annenberg Foundation, this year’s event will be focused on helping attendees engage in dialogue with potential donors about their foundation’s major priorities and goals; understand how to make their grant applications stand out; learn how to build meaningful relationships with foundation representatives; network and form partnerships with other nonprofit professionals; and successfully secure grants and other forms of aid.
In particular, the panel presentation will be focused on current giving priorities amidst the ongoing economic climate, as well as both targeted and precise grant requests. Panel speakers are scheduled to include:
· William H. Ahmanson, president of The Ahmanson Foundation. The foundation’s priorities include: arts and humanities, education, health care, homelessness and human services.
Ahmanson’s professional background: Responsible for the oversight of The Ahmanson Foundation’s many grantmaking activities. Prior to joining the foundation, Ahmanson enjoyed a career in the banking industry, and also serves on several major foundation boards including the Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles County Museum of Modern Art (LACMA) and Marlborough School in Los Angeles.
· Sylia Obagi, director of operations for the Annenberg Foundation. The foundation’s priorities include: arts and humanities, animal welfare, civic and community, education, environment, human health and wellness and military veterans.
Obagi’s professional background: Responsible for the oversight of the Annenberg Foundation’s Los Angeles program, its staff and all strategic grantmaking decisions. Prior to joining the Annenberg Foundation, Obagi served as vice president of The Community College Foundation.
In addition, the program will provide attendees with the opportunity to network with other nonprofit organizations to create partnerships and explore the possibility of future collaboration projects. Representatives from more than 30 local nonprofit organizations are expected to be in attendance.
“We invite every nonprofit organization staff member in the region to attend the Meet the Grant Makers program,” said Elana Helgesen, a grant writer at the college. “Having this type of direct access to a major foundation representative, with the ability to ask questions and share ideas on the spot, will be an extremely beneficial experience for you and your organization.”
“Meet the Grant Makers” will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 8, in the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 258, located on the college’s Valencia campus.
Admission to the event and parking in the University Center lot are both complimentary, however attendees are asked to RSVP in advance in order to receive a free parking pass. Attendees that do not register in advance will need to purchase a one-day parking pass for $2 from one the lot’s automated kiosks.
For more information about “Meet the Grant Makers” call (661) 362-5871 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. To RSVP for this event visit www.canyons.edu/GrantMakers.