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Email: gasp@dersf.org

GASP - Grantwriters' Anxiety Support Program


Grantwriters' Anxiety Support Program (GASP) helps new and intermediate grant writers (0-3 year’s experience) build confidence and skill in their work. It also provides information for newer development and executive directors and grants managers.


GASP is an opportunity:

 ▪     To gain an overview of and practical details on topics of interest in the grant

       seeking process.

 ▪      To gain an overview of institutional funding in particular fields.

 ▪      To develop new professional relationships and advance careers.

 ▪      To share in-process proposals with peers and “mentors” who offer

        feedback—when announced.


Program Date:  Quarterly


Offered in San Francisco  and other East Bay locations (see program information).






Presented by Development Executives Roundtable (DER)


GASP is offered at no-cost to participants



Monitoring Grants and the Projects They Fund


Date & Time: 

Monday, March 9, 2015

4:00 - 6:00 PM



Foundation Center

312 Sutter Street, Ste. 606

San Francisco, CA 94108


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Monitoring Grants and the Projects They Fund will address issues and problems that can arise after a program/project is funded that jeopardize promised outcomes and future funding.  Development directors, grants managers and grant writers must sometimes intercede for timely hiring of staff, adequate evaluation, and the overall honest running of programs.  This panel will include individuals who know these issues and strategies for addressing them from program, fundraising, administrative and grantmaking points of view, as well as from experiences in small to large organizations.  Bring your questions. Workshop will include 30 minutes for networking.




Valentin Aguirre, Senior Grant Writer, Shanti

Valentin came to the Bay Area to study English/writing—and found a vibrant gay Latino community mobilizing against AIDS. He has worked at Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Community United in Response to AIDS/SIDA and LYRIC, has experience as a HIV health educator and a fundraiser for health programs and the arts. Valentin has done grant monitoring for foundation and corporate grants and event sponsorships.


Liz Boskovich, Sr. Director of Development, YMCA of San Francisco

Liz has 13 years experience in public relations, marketing and fundraising in positions of increasing responsibility.  At the YMCA of San Francisco since 2012, she coordinates and consolidates asks to large Corporate and Foundation donors and serves as a resource to branch personnel for best practices associated with corporate and foundation relations.  


Chuck Flacks, Sr. Manager Healthcare Programs, Jewish Vocational Services (JVW)

Before coming to JVS, Chuck, a seasoned non-profit executive, worked at San Diego Workforce Partnership, Greater San Diego Area. There he developed a strong labor market strategy and brand for the agency, researched projects, collaborated with numerous public and private entities on labor market/economic development research, and increased research grants by 15%.  


Bethany Herron, Institutional Grants Manager, Berkeley Repertory Theatre 

Bethany has served as Berkeley Rep’s Institutional Grants Manager since 2011 and before that as Development Manager for Environmental Traveling Companions. She wrote her first grant proposal at nineteen, after enrolling in SFSU’s Technical and Professional Writing Program, and has been using her writing skills to support causes close to her heart since then.


Moderator, Paula Randall, Grants/Fundraising Consultant, DER Board and GASP Co-Chair

Paula has extensive experience as a program developer, educator and director, an evaluator and fundraiser. She has directed and monitored everything from small one-year foundation grants to multi-year federal grants, and seen this work carried out in many ways: good, bad and ugly. Paula has worked passionately in substance and child abuse prevention, health/wellness education, women’s and elders’ rights. 


Registration information: 

There is no charge to attend GASP sessions, however, space is limited and advance registration is required by March 8, 2015.



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