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How to Get Your Technology Projects Funded (2-Part Webinar Series)

Webinars are available for purchase as recordings.

To purchase a single webinar for $75, please select a webinar from the list below.


Technology funding is often a hard sell. Funders want to see impact and are reluctant to provide a lot of discretionary funding for “overhead.” But you know that the success of your day-to-day work depends on systems and tools that make you smarter and more efficient. How do you make the case to funders that your technology needs are a good investment?

Idealware and the Foundation Center are collaborating on a two-part training series to help nonprofits get funding for important technology projects.

We’ll help you sort out who to talk to when seeking technology funding and then dig into how to write a technology proposal that funders will want to get behind. You’ll also get a chance to hear directly from some of the people who decide what technology projects to fund. They’ll discuss what they look for in a strong proposal and take your questions.

You can purchase individual webinars or the entire series.

  • Technology Funding Opportunities and How to Seize Them, April 19 
    We will help you identify your best opportunities for technology funding and discuss how to craft a strong technology proposal—from framing your project—to drafting the budget—and connecting this to your organization’s mission and larger technology ecosystem.

  • Tips from Funders, April 26
    This is your chance to hear directly from grantmakers who fund technology projects. They’ll discuss what they look for in a strong proposal and take your questions. Funder Panelists include: Greg Kieser, Robin Hood Foundation; Sutton Mora Hayes, Community Foundation of Greater Memphis; Rebecca Shavlik, Shavlik Family Foundation.

Intended audience:
  • Small and medium organizations without professional IT staff
  • Executive Directors
  • Development Staff
  • Communications Staff
  • Nonprofit IT staff
  • Foundation staff who are just getting started funding tech projects

How it works:
You will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to log in, download handouts, and view the webinar.

Webinar fee entitles purchaser to one computer log-in which cannot be shared. 
Karen Graham Instructor: Karen Graham

Karen Graham is a sought-after speaker, trainer, writer, and consultant with expertise in technology leadership and innovation, nonprofit software, and digital strategy. As Idealware's executive director she leads a team of researchers, presenters, and writers who create technology information resources designed to help nonprofit leaders put their vision into action. Her past experience includes leading the technology learning and networking programs at MAP for Nonprofits, serving on proposal review boards for technology grants and for the Dot.Org Awards, helping the startup thedatabank transform into a thriving software company, and various roles in arts and human services organizations. Participants in Karen’s training courses describe her as warm, engaging, and frequently mention that she leads some of the most interactive workshops they’ve ever attended. She holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of St. Thomas.

Sutton Mora Hayes Panelist: Sutton Mora Hayes, Vice President of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis

Sutton Mora Hayes is Vice President of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis (CFGM). After graduating from Webster University she began working in underserved neighborhoods in Chicago, which led her to pursue a Master program in City and Regional Planning at The University of Memphis. Prior to joining CFGM, she led several non-profits focusing on issues as diverse as neighborhood development, environmental justice, and education reform. In her current position, she oversees the discretionary grantmaking of the Foundation, developed, launched, and oversees its comprehensive community information system ( |, and serves as the point of contact for the Foundation’s community leadership initiatives.

Greg Kieser Panelist: Greg Kieser, Technology Manager, Robin Hood Foundation

Greg Kieser is a Technology Strategy Consultant at Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty fighting organization. This means he serves Robin Hood’s more than 200 grantee organizations – ranging from shelters to soup kitchens to schools – by helping them discover and implement innovative tech solutions that produce the greatest poverty fighting impact for low-income New Yorkers.

Rebecca Shavlik Panelist: Rebecca Shavlik, Executive Director, Shavlik Community Foundation

Rebecca Shavlik is a founder and the Executive Director of the Shavlik Family Foundation which is focused on grantmaking to Minnesota based nonprofits with the goal of building technology capacity or removing information barriers for nonprofits or their clients. Over the course of her career, Rebecca Shavlik has had the opportunity to work in such diverse environments as government, nonprofits, private sector and franchising. She was part of the entrepreneurial team that founded Shavlik Technologies a security software company bought in 2011, which led to the endowment of the Foundation. Rebecca Shavlik also serves on a number of non-profit and for-profit boards of directors. Her range of experience gives her a unique perspective on budgeting and funding for the resources necessary to create strong operations that lead to impactful program development.

Proposal Writing Boot Camp

Join us for three days of immersion into the proposal writing process and discover how to craft a compelling proposal package.

Attendees will become familiar with the components of a competitive grant proposal and a well-organized budget, and develop a targeted list of foundation funding prospects.

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