Cooperative Network of Nonprofits – December 2017 Events

Mark Your Calendars!

(Almost) All events at our office at 901 Rio Grande Blvd. NW, Suite D-220

December 6, 12:00-1:00pm: Brown Bag Lunch: Using & Understanding Data and Data Visualization:
This December we welcome Sarah Haynes of New Mexico Community Data Collaborative to talk more about making more effective cases with data. New Mexico Community Data Collaborative (NMCDC) develops and shares neighborhood data with local organizations that promote community assessment, health in all policies and participatory decision making. Our mission: Building community capacity to move data into action.

Sarah Haynes lives in the chile capital of the world! She is a new business owner, helping people with goals to eat better, move more and live well through education, administration, and funding acquisition assistance for nonprofit and government. She has over 10 years experience in community systems, food security and the impact on public health and safety within difference cultural and social economic contexts.

Please register online for the event! This event is free for members and $10 for non-members. Members can email Robert for the discount code. Bring your lunch and join us!

December 6, 2:00-3:00pm: Online Platform Demo
Are you interested in grant seeking more effectively and learning more from other experts in our community? Come join us for a free webinar to dig deeper into The Grants Collective’s online platform. We’ll discuss what the platform offers to help you secure national and federal investments, and increase your knowledge, grant capacity, proposal skills, funding leads, efficiency, and connections.

Register for the webinar online.

December 12, 1:00-3:00pm: Curbside Consulting
Have you ever needed more eyes on your current grant projects? Network members can come to our office for a free, 30-45 minute consultation and we’ll match you with expert advice to talk about your project. Come prepared to talk about a grant application or concept, have us review a draft, or work through tricky pieces with you.

Not a member? Curbside Consulting is also a great time to get a hands-on demonstration of the Online Platform – designed to make grant seeking easier for you! Let us know you’re coming and we’ll give you a tutorial to see if membership in the Cooperative Network will help you achieve your grant seeking goals.

December 13, 9:00am-10:00am: Join us for Coffee & Conference Learnings
Tara Gohr and Erin Hielkema, Co-Directors of The Grants Collective, and Jenny Jackson and Cecily Peterson, Resource Development Officers at The Grant Plant, will update us on the national Grant Professionals Association conference in San Diego in November. There were almost 100 sessions on everything from crafting grant budgets, navigating federal and other grant making systems, managing grants and complying with reporting requirements, prospecting, story telling in proposal writing, and many other topics. We’ll present our top takeaways to help other New Mexico nonprofits apply the best practices we learned at the conference!

Register online for the event. This event is free for members and $10 for non-members. Members can email Robert for the membership code upon registration.

December 14, 5:30-6:30pm: Thirsty Thursday at The Freight House
Our next social networking event will be at 5:30pm at the Freight House in Bernalillo and the address is 200 S. Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004. Also, you are also welcome to bring any grant related questions you have. Our team of experts will be on hand to chat about all things grants related! See you there!

December 28, Curbside Consulting Canceled
Due to the holidays, we decided to forego Curbside for December 28th. We wish everyone Happy Holidays and look forward to seeing you in 2018!

January 8, 2018, 11:00a-12:00pm: Reading Circle:
Join us for our bi-monthly Reading Circle as we discuss Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp. Sprint is “a practical guide to answering critical business questions, Sprint is a book for teams of any size, from small startups to Fortune 100s, from teachers to nonprofits. It’s for anyone with a big opportunity, problem, or idea who needs to get answers today.”

You can find the book on Amazon or at our Barnes & Noble.


At the last Brown Bag, we discussed the importance of the budget and budget narrative in a grant proposal. We shared best practices, templates, and effective strategies to put together a budget that complements and strengthens your proposal.

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As a member, you will receive preferred access to our trainings and online platform. With the online platform, you’ll be able to:

  • Access upcoming grant opportunities from our online calendar and research non-deadline driven opportunities. These are all screened for New Mexico eligibility, eliminating the work on your end.
  • Access grant seeking resources that are all in one convenient site – federal budget forms, data research tools, best practice articles, and more.
  • Connect and collaborate with other grant professionals in our community and share resources and knowledge. You can directly message other members or tag them on grant opportunities that you’d like to discuss. Ask questions about your grant proposals or processes and receive feedback from a larger grant seeking community!

The Grants Collective is a great way to connect to a community of grant professionals for advice, collaboration, and resources. Subscribe OnlineSubscriptions are $50/month or $500/year. (If you’re a New Mexico Thrives member, you can subscribe for $400/year.)

For more info, or if you would like an in-person demonstration, contact Robert Nelson at and we look forward to seeing you at the next Cooperative Network event!

At The Grants Collective, we are grateful for our members, Talent Academy fellows, and community partners. We’re looking forward to working with these organizations to help New Mexico raise its profile in securing major national and federal grants. If you are interested in supporting this effort, become a member or donate today.

We offer three primary ways to participate:

Cooperative Network: A subscription-based network of nonprofit professionals interested in developing skills, insight, and resources for high-performance grant seeking.

Talent Academy: A 6-month professional fellowship to develop skills for securing major grants.

Grow New Mexico: Technical assistance to help New Mexican communities and organizations put together grant/loan packages for infrastructure and other special projects. Grow New Mexico is an independent, fiscally sponsored project.

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