About 100 nonprofit leaders, staff members and volunteers attended the fourth annual Grantmakers Panel, presented by the Tri-Valley Nonprofit Alliance (TVNPA) May 10 at the Bankhead Theater. The panelists represented The Clorox Company, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Pacific Gas & Electric, Rotarian Foundation of Livermore, Stanford Alumni Consulting Team (SACT) and Taproot Foundation. GGS Consulting and Karlsson & Lane sponsored the event.

Each panelist addressed their organization's funding priorities and criteria, grant amount range, grant application process and funding cycle deadlines. The panelists from SACT and Taproot, which provide pro bono consulting services to qualified nonprofits, described the qualifications they seek in their partner nonprofits and the types of services they offer. Multiple panelists stressed that nonprofits should connect directly with employees at funders' companies to benefit from workplace giving.

This year's Panel also touched on family foundations, considered to be an important and growing philanthropy segment. "There are 40,000 family foundations in the US and many are focused on changing the paradigms in their communities," said Panel moderator Susan Houghton. "The key is to identify foundations whose mission matches your nonprofit's cause."

"One of the unique aspects of this event is the opportunity for two-way dialogue between attendees and the grantmakers," added Houghton. "It's quite powerful for major funders to learn about community needs directly from front line nonprofit executives." Houghton is a founding member of TVNPA, Board President of Sunflower Hill and has moderated each of the four Panels.

"The Grantmakers Panel is more than just an educational event; it actually moves the needle for local nonprofits who have the opportunity to connect with funders," said TVNPA Board Member and Event Chair Chris Carter. "It’s truly a win-win, and TVNPA is thrilled to present the Panel for a fourth consecutive year."

"I appreciated getting tips on how to formulate our non-profit fundraising strategies," said attendee Alan Burnham, who sits on two nonprofit boards. "Also, it was great to get the opportunity to make initial contact with potential funding organizations."

TNVPA offers monthly seminars in which industry experts address topics of interest to the nonprofit sector. For more information visit tvnpa.org/.