Onsite Workshop - Contact us!


Onsite Workshop - Contact us!


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Based on location, number of participants and goals of the session.

During this 6-hour workshop participants will explore their patterns of openness related to different types of grantees. Each participant will also receive feedback about how well an organizational artifact (grant application, website, etc.) may work for each grantseeker persona.

This unique game and guide helps funders explore interpersonal and systemic dynamics that accelerate the success of some grantseekers while inhibiting others.

The personas were developed using user-experience methods based on conversations with grantseekers. Personas help us better understand patterns of grantseekers' strengths, goals, and challenges. They also detail how grantseekers perceive funders and the levels of trust they exhibit for institutional philanthropy. Knowing more about grantseeker mindsets can help funders better meet the needs of each group.

The game fundamentally urges players to ask who am I more and less open to?  Why? What are the consequences? And, ultimately, how do I or my organization need to change to be more open?

A dozen funders in Iowa and a few more across the country experimented with these tools and have found them very helpful to accelerating their work with grantseekers.

These tools, designed to explore transparency and strategic openness have been an effective on-ramp to moving into discussions about DEI, power-sharing and trust. 

Receive Deal Breakers game cards for participants to take home, and a guide to understanding the research behind the game, based on a year of deep conversations and surveys with hundreds of grantseekers.

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