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Screening for Success: NAVSO's Grant Success Formula, Part 2

September 26, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm


NAVSO’s powerful new Grant Success Formula six-part series is designed to help fundraisers and members win more grants and save time while doing so. The Screening for Success webinar is devoted to making sure you can efficiently and effectively target your search for new funders by:

  • Learning from expert grantseekers and grantmakers about what foundation program officers look for in proposals, programs, and organizations, including common mistakes to avoid
  • Understanding how smart donor research and outreach strategies can save you time and increase your fundraising results
  • Knowing how to assess funders for fit, including understanding the fit between how funders talk about their work and your organization
  • Applying simple tools to organize outreach to high-priority potential funders, based on criteria such as grant size and other factors

In this series, NAVSO brings together a dynamic group of fundraisers, program professionals and foundation officers who will share their decades of knowledge and perspective on how you can increase your chances for successful grantsmanship.

Participants will learn how to raise more money by applying the Grant Success Formula to their own organizations, including how to effectively and efficiently Prospect, Screen, Write, Cultivate, Deliver and Measure and Report.

This webinar is designed especially for senior resource development staff, grant writing teams or members of foundation relations.








           Christibelle Villena           

Program Officer

Common Pool

Erica Sattin 

Director Foundation & Gov't Support

The Shed


Christibelle Villena
Christibelle has focused her entire career using her powers for good: cultivating change and impacting communities in need. She brings her friendly energy, passion to learn, and more than 16 years of experience in philanthropy/CSR and the nonprofit sector, including program development, project management, fundraising, grants, operations, PR and marketing. A Southern California native, she earned a BS in Sociology & Business from UC Riverside and was awarded a fellowship upon graduation with Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, a national nonprofit committed to growing future leaders. Since then, she has contributed as a utility player on teams at CCS Fundraising, The Wonderful Company, House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, Rogers Finn Partners and more. Now as the Program Officer at Common Pool, Christibelle collaborates with companies, government entities and foundations to design and manage custom philanthropic initiatives to solve the world’s most challenging problems.

Erica Sattin
Erica is the Director of Foundation and Government Support at The Shed, a new center for visual arts, performing arts, and pop culture that opens in New York City in spring 2019. Erica has ten years of experience fundraising for both established and start-up institutions, primarily in the arts, culture, and media sector. Most recently she was the founding Director of Development at National Sawdust, the Brooklyn-based nonprofit music venue and incubator for emerging artists and composers that opened to the public in 2015. At National Sawdust Erica built a comprehensive fundraising program that included an annual fund, major spring gala, and consistently growing portfolio of foundation and government grants. From 2011-15, Erica was on the institutional fundraising team at New York Public Radio, parent company of the flagship public radio stations WNYC and WQXR, where she raised an estimated $10 million from foundations and government agencies, including the Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, and National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities. Erica has also held roles in development and programming at Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, League of American Orchestras, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Bowdoin International Music Festival, New York Philharmonic, and InterSchool Orchestras of New York. She is a cellist with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra and holds an MA in Performing Arts Administration from New York University and a BA in Sociology from Wesleyan University.