Nonprofit Leadership Development

Annenberg Foundation Announces Training for Nonprofits

LOS ANGELES, CA:  The Annenberg Foundation and the California Community Foundation announced Tuesday they are partnering with The Grantsmanship Center to strengthen the local nonprofit sector by providing subsidized grantsmanship training for community-based organizations in Los Angeles County.

The partnership will enable 100 local nonprofit leaders to receive comprehensive grant development training at a fraction of its cost through four workshops in 2008.  The two foundations will underwrite up to 90 percent of the tuition for eligible staff and board members to attend The Grantsmanship Center’s Grantsmanship Training Program, a workshop that provides hands-on training in planning more effective programs, researching funding sources and preparing coherent and persuasive proposals.

“In addition to our grantmaking, we are pleased to support nonprofits with technical assistance and professional development.  We want all nonprofits in our region to be vital and strong,” said Wallis Annenberg, Vice President and Trustee, Annenberg Foundation.

“Nonprofit organizations often miss viable funding opportunities because they are constantly overwhelmed with the work,’’ said Antonia Hernández, president and CEO of the California Community Foundation. “This partnership will help nonprofit leaders identify resources, seek funding and improve program planning – a big step toward making L.A.’s nonprofit sector stronger.’’

“Grantsmanship helps to put the passion that drives nonprofits onto paper so that funders are inspired to lend support,” said Cathleen Kiritz, president of The Grantsmanship Center. “At the end of the workshop week, participants will gain crucial skills needed to describe their programs coherently and persuasively to prospective funders.”

About the Grantsmanship Training Program
The Annenberg Foundation and the California Community Foundation will pay up to 90 percent of the tuition for eligible nonprofit leaders. Staff or board members of 501(c)(3) public charities based in Los Angeles County with annual budgets of under $10 million are eligible. Tuition is $200 per person for organizations with budgets less than $750,000 and $300 per person for organizations with budgets between $750,000 and $10 million. As a commitment to success after the workshop, each participant is encouraged to submit a draft proposal within three months of completing the training.  After the proposal has been reviewed, half of the tuition paid by the participant will be refunded.

Four workshops will be held: March 24-28, May 19-23, July 21-25 and October 20-24 in the City of Los Angeles. Class size is limited to 25 people, and only two registrants per organization may enroll.

About the Annenberg Foundation

Established in 1989 by Walter H. Annenberg, the Annenberg Foundation provides funding and support to nonprofit organizations in the United States and globally through its headquarters in Radnor, Pennsylvania and offices in Los Angeles, California. Its major program areas are education and youth development; arts, culture and humanities; civic and community life; health and human services; and animal services and the environment. In addition, the Foundation operates a number of initiatives which expand and complement these program areas. The Annenberg Foundation exists to advance the public well-being through improved communication. As the principal means of achieving this goal, the Foundation encourages the development of more effective ways to share ideas and knowledge.

About the California Community Foundation

Founded in 1915, the California Community Foundation is one of the leading philanthropic organizations in Los Angeles County, managing more than $1 billion in assets.  Each year, it grants over $100 million as investments in the future of our local communities.  The foundation partners with individual donors and actively supports nonprofit organizations to address the diverse and dynamic needs of our communities.  The expertise and commitment of CCF enables individuals, families, and organizations to fulfill their charitable goals and dreams.

About the Grantsmanship Center

The Grantsmanship Center, the leader in grants and program development training for more than 35 years, has trained more than 110,000 program planners, grant proposal writers, and decision makers for nonprofit organizations, academia, and government agencies in the United States and abroad. In addition to nationwide grants training, The Grantsmanship Center also provides online resources for grantseekers, available at, at no cost. These include daily grant announcements from the Federal Register; indexes of funding sources at the local, federal, and international levels; bi-weekly podcasts on grant; archives of The Grantsmanship Center Magazine, and more.