July 20, 2011

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Collaborative Grant Proposals: What to Embrace, What to Avoid

In recent years, the Madison Community Foundation has funded several major grant projects, each involving multiple partners. While collaborative projects can certainly lead to substantial funding, they can also be very challenging. Tom Linfield, Vice President of Grantmaking and Community Initiatives, will discuss several recently funded projects, including food pantries, library collections, and community gardens. The session’s goal is to share lessons learned and offer ideas on building collaborative proposals.

Tom Linfield is Vice President of Grantmaking and Community Initiatives at the Madison Community Foundation. In this capacity, he oversees an annual grantmaking pool of $1.5 million and works with non-profits throughout Dane County to build on community assets. The Madison Community Foundation has over 900 funds, assets of $130 million, and makes distributions of over $10 million each year. Linfield was previously the Training and Grants Director for the National Center for Outreach; Grants Manager for Wisconsin Public Television; and Director of Foundation Relations for Edgewood College. He is a graduate of Leadership Greater Madison, a practicing fine artist, and has spent his career planning projects and raising funds in the education, community development, and arts arenas