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Multnomah University to Host Second Quarterly Grant Writing Consortium

Multnomah University will host its second quarterly Faith Based Grant Writing Consortium, on Multnomah's campus Wednesday, January 7, 2009. Coordinated by Multnomah and Mission Increase Foundation, the consortium is intended to facilitate peer-to-peer training amongst grant writers of Christian non-profit organizations.

The second consortium will focus on writing grants from the perspective of experienced peers, and will feature a keynote message from Mission Increase Foundation's Amy Karjala. There will also be opportunities for large and small group discussion. The large group discussion will be facilitated by Multnomah's Director of Development Ray Keen, CFRE. Participants are encouraged to bring a current project to discuss during this time.

The first Faith Based Grant Writing Consortium took place on Wednesday, October 8, 2008. Over fifty people, representing forty-nine non-profits within the northwest, attended the meeting, which received overwhelmingly positive feedback. Of those who participated in a written evaluation of the event, 90% said that they would recommend it to others. Juli Knofer, Executive Assistant for Eternal Impact, greatly appreciated the table discussion, which allowed participants to apply the information they were learning through discussion with other grant writers.


Multnomah University's former Grant and Research Specialist Ryan Doughty approached Mission Increase Foundation's president, David Farquhar, about the need for a venue at which faith-based non-profits could discuss the unique challenges of the broader foundation market. What followed was a five-month discussion and planning process. Doughty and Farquhar also discovered a common vision for promoting peer networking amongst grant writers, allowing them to benefit from one another's knowledge and experience.


"Grant writing is one of those areas that people assume is magical or mystical, and it's not," noted Ray Keen, CFRE, Director of Development for Multnomah University, "The first event served to demystify grant writing, which it did very successfully."

"We're looking forward to January's event when we will focus on instructing grant writers in writing a proposal from the perspective of an experienced peer." said Keen.

Online Resources

Register for the January consortium or listen to a recording of the first consortium by visiting Multnomah University's Faith Based Grant Writing Consortium pages.

Contact Information

The next grant writing consortium will be from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 on Multnomah University's campus at 8435 Northeast Glisan Street. Please contact Tracy Scott at 503.251.6591 or for more information.

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, a graduate school, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.