Nonprofit Summer Learning Series: Transparency, Authenticity, and Honest Feedback: The Path to True Partnerships

Friday, June 22, 2018
8:30am to 11:00am EDT
Booz Allen Hamilton
8283 Greensboro Drive, McLean, VA (Also available via webcast)
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Trust is the foundation of any relationship. Grantmaking professionals understand that their success is inextricably linked to the strength, achievements, and challenges of their nonprofit partners. That’s why so many funders include the dreaded “what’s your biggest challenge” question on their grant applications and reports. They truly want to know how you’re doing and how they can help! Nonprofit leaders who master authenticity and foster transparent dialogues with their funders are often rewarded with deep, productive, and long-lasting relationships. 

Join us to hear directly from some of our region’s top grantmaking professionals as they discuss how to overcome perceived power imbalances, develop meaningful relationships, and position yourself as a trusted resource and partner.


  • Michael Bobbitt, Adventure Theatre


  • Anne Gunsteens, J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation
  • Naomi Smouha, Capital One
  • Julian Haynes, Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation


$45/registrant (free for WRAG members). You must be logged in to register. If you do not have a website account, you can create one here. This session is also available as a webcast - simply select "web participation" on the appropriate registration screen. Email Katy Moore with questions.

About the Series

Designed and taught by some of the Greater Washington region’s top philanthropic leaders, WRAG’s Nonprofit Summer Learning Series “pulls the curtain back on philanthropy.” Join WRAG and our sponsor, Booz Allen Hamilton, as we shed light on how grantmakers think, how they approach their work, what they look for in strong nonprofit partners, and how you can build new and stronger relationships with the local funding community.

Non-Solicitation Policy

The meetings and activities of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers are not to be used to solicit grants, to solicit for professional services, or to promote any products, services, or events. This ensures a comfortable, respectful atmosphere in which professional relationships can be maintained. Members or guests who violate this non-solicitation policy will be excluded from future WRAG events and may not qualify for membership renewal.

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