Professional Development Workshop

March 1 | 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

8:30 - 9:00 ... Welcome and Registration
9:00 - 4:00 ... Workshop
4:00 - 5:00 .... SPARK TANK & Presentation of $500 Award

Shaw Jewish Community Center,
750 White Pond Drive, Akron directions

$60 for members | $80 for not-yet members

Reservation/Cancellation Deadline
Friday, February 22, 4:00 pm


Registration Options:
Two opportunities for learning!

All participants will receive a continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks. All will be emailed copies of the winning pitches after the workshop.

Select your participation level ... with or without the SPARK TANK option!

Option #1 – Proposal Writing Workshop

(SPARK TANK features are in blue)
(Limited to the first 21 organizations that register. Additional organizations will be placed on a waiting list.)

  • Learn how to write a one-page grant proposal with a project budget.
  • Submit your written one-page proposal and project budget to the SPARK TANK funder review panel for scoring.*
  • The three top proposals will pitch their project in the SPARK TANK for a chance to win $500!

* Feel free to register more than one person from your organization so that all can work on the proposal. You will need a laptop to write the submission. If one is not available to you, please let us know when you register, and we will provide one for you. All participants will receive their score sheets from the funder panel after the workshop.


Option #2 – Proposal Writing Workshop Only
If there are no more slots available for the SPARK TANK, select this one. We will put you on a waiting list.

  • Learn how to write a one-page grant proposal with a project budget.
  • Listen to the SPARK TANK presentations to learn how to promote a proposal successfully.



Approved for 7.0 CFRE credits; click here for the documentation.





















Spark Tank


A SPARK TANK is a fun opportunity for organizations to make a pitch to potential funders about an exciting project they have.  Does what you’re pitching strike a spark? Find out!!!

In this one-day proposal writing workshop, Dave Holmes from the Foundation Center Midwest will teach you the keys to effective proposal writing and budgeting as well as give you an opportunity to write a one-page proposal with project budget for your organization. Even if you are a seasoned grant writer, this workshop will help you hone your skills to ensure you meet funder criteria.

winOrganizations participating in the SPARK TANK will submit their one-page proposal and project budget to the funder review panel for scoring. The organizations that submit the top 3 proposals for the SPARK TANK will have the chance to pitch their ideas to the funder panel and compete for a $500 grand prize! 

Not ready to get feedback? No worries! You can still attend the proposal writing workshop and learn the skills so you are ready for your real-world SPARK TANK!



  • Attendees will learn the basics of putting together a concise 1-page proposal.
  • Attendees will create a proposal they can use for their own projects.
  • SPARK TANK participants will receive educated feedback about their proposal from foundation and nonprofit leaders.
  • Attendees will learn how to translate their written ideas into a “pitch” to a funder.



8:30 - 9:00

Welcome and registration

9:00 - 10:15

Writing the Proposal Narrative. How to write a one-page proposal that meets funder criteria:

  • Statement of Need: How convinced are you that the need is significant?
  • Project objectives: How clear and measurable are the project objectives?
  • Method: is it clear how the work will get done and who will do it?
  • Evaluation: will the evaluation show that need has been met?
  • Sustainability: is there a clear plan for the project’s future?

10:30 - 12:00

Developing the Project Budget. How to write a one-page project budget that meets funder criteria:

  • Is the budget thorough and sufficient for the objectives and methodology?
  • How clear is the budget expressed through numbers and budget narrative?


Lunch/Writing Time


Writing time for Candidates.  All 1-page proposals and budgets to be completed by 2:30 pm  for funder panel review


Building Relationships and Making the Case to the Funder. How to translate the proposal into a convincing oral presentation.

(Funder Panel reviews and scores the proposals during this time)

3:30 – 3:45

Top Three Proposals Announced

4:00 - 4:30

10-Minute Pitches by the Top 3 Proposals to the Funder Panel & Voting

4:30 - 4:45

Funder Panel convenes to determine the top pitch

4:45 – 5:00

Presentation of the $500 Award, Conclusion and Networking

Our Funder Review Panel

Kimberly Huff, Community Relations Representative, OMNOVA Foundation

Kimberly HuffKim is responsible for the initial evaluation of all incoming grant requests from OMNOVA’s ten domestic communities. She also serves as the key representative for employee and community engagement activities.




Teresa LeGrair - Director, Community Investment, Akron Community Foundation

Teresa LeGrairWith her vast experience and knowledge of the community, Teresa provides the Community Investment Committee with the information it needs to make quality grant-making decisions. She is also responsible for cultivating relationships with nonprofits in the community so she can continue to have a high-level understanding of the needs, resources and opportunities in Summit County.



Amy Krebs - Director of Grants and Community Initiatives, Stark Community Foundation

Amy WeisbrodAmy is responsible for planning, directing and controlling the Foundation’s community-focused activities including discretionary grants, strategic partnerships and initiatives, the convening of organizations to address strategic topics and research on the needs of the community.




Dave Holmes - Cleveland Lead, Candid (Formerly Foundation Center)

Dave HolmesDave coordinates the training, reference, and research services for the Midwest region. He returned to the Foundation Center in 2015 from a position as Senior Consultant at Grants Plus, writing grants and doing research for a variety of large and small nonprofit clients.





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Ten Star Chapter


Friends of Diversity Award

AFP Northeast Ohio Chapter
© 2015-2019 AFPNEO.
All rights reserved.

Vondea Sheaffer, President

PO Box 1286, Bath OH 44210
Fax 330-315-0399


Designed & hosted by
Jacq Connect