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Innovation in Grantmaking: Transforming the Grantee Experience with Trust

This session is anchored by

Open Society Foundations


Tackling today’s social challenges require agile and innovative program models. Nonprofits that fund programs through grantseeking face an additional challenge to achieving results of juggling varying application and grantmaking procedures of their funders. This panel will explore efforts in the philanthropic sector to transform the funding experience with a grantee-centered approach.

Speakers:

Joe Behaylo

Joe Behaylo, Director, Network Grants Management, Open Society Foundations

Joe Behaylo is the Director, Office of Grants Management for the Open Society Foundations. The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. Over the last 30 years, the Open Society Foundations has funded more than $10 billion globally on issues such as human rights, democracy development, education, and public health.


Rosemarie Howard

Rosemarie Howard, Global Head of Applications and Knowledge Management, Open Society Foundations

Rose Howard is the Global Head of Applications and Knowledge Management in the Information Systems Department at the Open Society Foundations. The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant societies whose governments are accountable and open to the participation of all people. Over the last 30 years, the Open Society Foundations has funded more than $10 billion globally on issues such as human rights, democracy development, education, and public health. In her role, Rose is responsible for the Open Society Foundation’s global applications both internally and externally. Having advised other non-profits, companies, and city, state and federal governments, Rose is leading the effort at the Open Society Foundations provide strategic and innovative technology application solutions.


Nancy Herzog

Nancy Herzog, Senior Director, Grants Administration, National Endowment for Democracy

Nancy Herzog is the Senior Director of Grants Administration at the National Endowment for Democracy. In this role, she oversees a staff of 25 and the policies and procedures of a large international grantmaking program. Over the years at NED, she has also held roles coordinating and implementing process changes, overseeing the grant information system, and managing a grant portfolio. Nancy serves on the Board of Directors of the Grants Managers Network and is also a member of the National Grants Management Association with the credential of Certified Grants Management Specialist. She has a B.A. in Russian Studies from Wesleyan University, and an M.A. in International Policy Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies.


Jane Ward

Jane Robinson Ward, Grants Manager, Meyer Foundation

Jane Robinson Ward manages the Meyer Foundation’s grantmaking process, keeping in mind the needs of applicants, grantees, and our program officers to ensure the efficient administration of all aspects of our grantmaking over the entire life of a grant, from application to grant closeout. Jane has worked in nonprofits for more than 25 years in Washington, DC, and Minnesota. Prior to coming to Meyer, Jane spent a decade with the National Council of Nonprofit Associations working in a variety of capacities, including program and fund development, finance and administration, and public policy. She also has worked in foundation relations at Carleton College, was founding operations director of the Campus Outreach Opportunity League, and served as consulting program staff for the Commission on National and Community Service. Jane began her career as a center director for DC’s Higher Achievement Program. She has served on boards and committees for the Catalogue for Philanthropy Washington DC, the Grants Managers Network, Nonprofit Management Association, COOL, Independent Sector, the National Center for Charitable Statistics, and Carleton College. Jane earned a bachelor of arts degree in English from Carleton College.