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The Learning Conference 2011

June 6–7, 2011

Baltimore, MD

Short Talk — The Demise of the Proposal (sort of): The Power of a Single Page

Monday, June 6, 2011 at 3:40 PM–4:05 PM EDT
Ionic Room (Third Floor)
Session description

Grantmakers spend many hours reviewing proposals that they are not interested in funding. Grantseekers spend many hours creating proposals that no one wants to fund. What if a single page could become an effective initial form of communication and possible connection between the two? It’s happening now in New Orleans, La. In this session, Jennifer Henderson will share examples of how the “one-page” investment opportunity has transformed one of the biggest challenges in the grant maker/grantee relationship — establishing the mutually-beneficial “fit.”

Participant learning goals

• Learn about the one-page technique and the impact its use has on grantmaking in New Orleans
• Consider how your collaborative grantmaking could benefit from similar approaches

Intended learning level

Activation — exposure to new ideas you maybe haven’t heard before


Jennifer Henderson, Strategic Decisions, LLC
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Speaker Biography

Jennifer Henderson is CEO/manager and co-founder of Strategic Decisions, LLC, a management and leadership development firm based in Henderson, Nev., which for the past five years has been a lead community development consultant in New Orleans, La. Henderson spent fifteen years at the Center for Community Change, where she worked on place-based initiatives funded by the Ford Foundation and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She is a long-time board member of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Company and also serves on the boards of the Association for Economic Opportunity, Sweet Beginnings and Imani Energy. Henderson holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and journalism from North Carolina State University.

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