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SOLD OUT | Become the Grants Manager of the Future

Thursday, October 8, 2015 -
2:00pm to 5:00pm PDT
The James Irvine Foundation
One Bush Street, Suite 800 San Francisco
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In partnership with the Northern CA chapter of the Grants Managers Network, Sara Davis, Director of Grants Management at the Hewlett Foundation will lead us in exploring how the role of the grants manager is constantly evolving along with changes in practice, shifts within the sector, and the advancement of technology. Grants managers are becoming much more than just a compliance and administrative function. They have the opportunity to step forward in many new and exciting areas to bring more value to their organizations, advance grantmaking practice, and work at the leading edge of the philanthropic sector. The role of the Grants Manager dovetails vitally with programs and finance, data and metrics, outcomes and evaluation, and so much more. Grants Managers are knowledge officers who are helping lead the way into philanthropy’s future. Learn how this time of opportunity gives you a chance to think about your role differently, seek new areas of growth, and learn new skills so you are ready to be the grants managers of the future.

This session will appeal to anyone in the grantmaking community interested in learning more about the evolution of the field, how grants management is changing to meet those needs, and how to empower this role to bring more value to their organizations. The tools and skills covered will also be relevant to anyone in operations or administrative roles who support and partner with program staff.

Sara Davis has presented this successful and well-received program to hundreds of grantmaking professionals around the country, including at the GMN National Conference, as well as at GMN regional meetings in Boston, Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, and Ohio and will joined by organizational consultant Daniel Weinzveg for an interactive and inspiring journey into the future of the field.

Don’t miss what is sure to be an inspiring and very useful presentation. And stick around afterwards to network with other members at a reception hosted by Irvine.

Invite your colleagues! Everyone in philanthropy, not just grants managers, can gain from reflecting on the evolution of the field and how grants management is changing to meet those needs. 

Join Us:

  • To understand the changing role of grants managers and the evolution of the field.
  • To learn skills to become a more visible and valuable presence within your organization.
  • To get tools to make informed choices regarding your own professional development and to stay current with sector practices.


Sara Davis, Director of Grants Management, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Sara Davis joined The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in 2011 as the director of the Grants Management Department. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring that grantmaking operations, systems, and data support the mission and strategic goals of the Foundation.  The Grants Management team focuses on building efficiency and quality in Foundation operations and streamlining internal processes and associated communication.  The team is also responsible for grant compliance, making sure that the Foundation adheres to legal requirements for private foundations and to related best practices in the field. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors for the Northern California Grantmakers Association and the Grants Managers Network. Sara came to Hewlett from the Adobe Foundation, where she managed foundation finance, operations, and their global grants programs. Sara has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and completed the Philanthropy Leadership program at Stanford University’s School of Social Innovation.

Daniel Weinzveg, Organizational Development Consultant
As a consultant specializing in designing, training and developing diverse, intergenerational workplaces, Daniel Weinzveg has a passion for driving creative results through people and technology. Daniel brings a powerful blend of strategic vision, hard work, humanistic values and 21st Century tools to help individuals and organizations create more effective programs and processes. With a Masters Degree in Organization Development from Sonoma State University, and studies abroad in Spain, he brings a depth of multi-cultural understanding to diverse workplaces. Daniel has extensive experience with start-up organizations, program design, group facilitation, training and public relations. For more information, visit

Registration Instructions:

NCG Members (who are NOT also members of GMN): Click “Register” above, then under “Event Tasks” select “Register for this Event”, follow the instructions under “New to this Site?” to create an online profile, and register for the event using the NCG Special Rate. (GMN programs always have a fee associated with them, including this event. They have graciously agreed to offer NCG members the GMN member rate, which is $25.)

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Not a member of either? No problem. Just click “Register” above, follow the instructions for NCG Members above, and register at the Non-Member Rate.

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Space is limited. Register soon if you plan to attend!