Training & Mentoring

Funding Exchange offers a variety of practical workshops taught by experienced development professionals. Our training is not theoretical or highbrow — we specialize in practical, “here’s how to do it” training that answers your questions and prepares you to successfully undertake the work at the end of the training. Here’s what some of our students have said about our classes:

“I heartily recommend this class (Grant Writing Intensive) to those interested in seeking funding for their programs… A real ‘how-to’ instruction style with solid reference materials.” 
JoAnn Polston, Healy Lake, AK

“Your help (in Sustainable Pathways) has enabled us to have a ‘lightbulb moment’. I realized I was spending a significant amount of time online answering questions from parents. We are going to work with a developer to generate donations from the people we are helping online. Thanks again!!”
Patti Cettin, Director, Taking Action for Special Kids, North Tazewell, VA

“Thank you for such a well directed and organized (Grant Writing Intensive) session at the university. It made the learning session one of the very best I have ever attended or participated in.” Anonymous participant

We offer face-to-face classes on a regular basis in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska (need a good reason to visit Alaska, anyone?!). We also offer workshops and classes upon request at locations across Alaska and the remainder of the United States, many of them sponsored by organizations just like yours.

Sponsoring a training is a great way to earn a free scholarship while bringing valuable training to your community or region. Contact us for more information on sponsoring a training in your community.

For those who prefer online training, we offer a number of webinars, including recorded webinars for those whose schedule requires flexibility or for use at retreats and conferences and work sessions.

Following is a list of our most popular workshops, with links to a complete description of each training:

Grant Writing Intensive

Our Grant Writing Intensive is a five-day, hands-on workshop for participants who want to practice as they learn and need to finish the class ready to write successful grant proposals NOW. Participants identify a funder during class and complete a simple proposal during this intensive workshop. Maximum 12 students per class to allow each student to receive a maximum of one-on-one mentoring. This is our only workshop that is offered solely in a face-to-face format. However, we have offered it occasionally on contract as an extensive, live webinar series after a face-to-face workshop introduction (at a conference, for instance).

Dates and more info on the Grant Writing Intensive?

Grant Writing Overview

The Grant Writing Overview is a shorter, presentation-based workshop offered over two days or in four 90-minute webinar sessions. This training is intended for participants whose time is limited or who already have some grant writing experience and want to become more effective in their development work.

In both the Grant Writing Intensive and Grant Writing Overview, participants learn how to:

  • Plan effective, sustainable grant projects
  • Get organized to write proposals quickly
  • Find and screen funders to fund your project
  • Create a realistic project budget
  • Write a convincing grant proposal
  • Prepare to manage the grant once it’s funded
  • Learn about resources that can assist you

Dates and more info on the Grant Writing Overview?

Sustainable Pathways:
Developing a Financially Healthy Organization

Sustainable Pathways: Developing a Financially Healthy Organization is a hands-on workshop for board members, executive directors, and upper management. The training is offered as a two-day face-to-face training or in four 90-minute webinars.

Leadership teams of up to three people are guided through the process of analyzing their current income streams and comparing them to those of a financially healthy nonprofit. They learn the eight major methods of raising funds and choose those most appropriate for their organization.

Using the tools provided in class, they create a sustainable, balanced two-year fundraising plan with a calendar of tasks to accomplish the goals they have set. As the end of the fundraising plan draws near, organizations will be able to update their plan with the tools they have received in class.

Dates & more info on Sustainable Pathways?

After the Award:
Grant Management & Administration

Grant awards are legal documents. When an organization accepts grant funding, they are agreeing to follow the plan laid out in their proposal. They are also agreeing to adhere to the grantmaker’s rules and regulations.

How you manage your grant project can significantly increase — or decrease — your chances for future grant funding.

After the Award: Grant Management & Administration prepares participants to successfully manage and administer government and private grant awards. The training is intended for managers and administrative staff with responsibility for grant-funded projects.

In After the Award, participants learn:

  • How to get organized to make grant management easier
  • Grant management tools and resources
  • What to do before you learn your grant was funded
  • Timely and accurate grant reporting
  • Managing project evaluations
  • Grant audits and site visits
  • Closing out your grant project successfully
  • Steps to take when your grant project is struggling
  • Managing grant project staff

Dates & more info on After the Award?

Managing Conflict in the Workplace

Conflict is everywhere – and conflict in the workplace affects most people at one time or another. Whether the conflict is between two employees or between a supervisor and their employee, we all need to know how to handle it effectively and with minimal negative consequences.

Managing Conflict in the Workplace prepares employees, supervisors and executive staff to deal with workplace conflict in a healthy way. The training is heavily situation- and discussion- based to help participants understand the underlying principles and guidelines that govern various conflict responses and covers:

  • Where conflict originates
  • Factors that affect our choices in conflict
  • Boundaries, communication, and expectations
  • Power and authority in conflicts
  • Employee conflicts and solutions
  • Management conflicts and solutions
  • Volunteer conflicts and solutions
  • Legal and human resource considerations
  • Resources for further study

**This training is intended for all employees, managers and board members.**

Offered as a four-session live webinar: $400/student
Available at a discount to sponsored groups of 6 or more. Contact us at 907.451.0885 for prices and more information.
PLEASE NOTE: Registration is not complete without payment. A minimum of 5 participants must be registered in order to hold the training.

“I learned why I’ve been scrapping with my boss, and how to handle it productively. I had planned to leave if the conflict didn’t resolve, but now I’ve changed my mind! Thanks for a great training!”
V.B., Elkin, WV

Dates and more info on Managing Conflict in the Workplace?

Excel for Grant Writers

Check back here for more information on this webinar training coming in 2014…

Dates and more info on Excel for Grantwriters?

Individual Mentoring

Funding Exchange’s development professionals offer mentoring and coaching for individuals needing development support. Contact us for more information.

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