Partnerships: Having Trouble Getting What You Need? Try Managing Up


Having Trouble Getting What You Need? Try Managing Up
Session 5 of the Partnerships Series
$50 | 60 minutes

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Productive working relationships are a crucial, but challenging component in collaborative grant projects. Grant professionals are often tasked with bringing these partners together, which means addressing challenges, including miscommunication, conflicting views, and different personalities, and working styles. Managing up is a skill and tool grant professionals can apply to successfully lead this collaborative work, avoid frustration, and keep moving projects forward to ultimately craft high-quality, competitive proposals.

This course builds upon the Basics of Managing Up by helping participants understand and apply the skills of managing up within a collaborative context. This will include walking participants through common challenges and scenarios and practical tools and strategies to overcome these challenges. Participants will increase their knowledge of:

      • Key skills and behaviors to managing up and how they apply in partnership work.
      • Recognizing and understanding different communication and working styles within a collaborative setting.
      • Tools and strategies to navigate collaborative challenges.

GPCI Competencies and Skills:
3.1, 3.2, 4.3
CFRE Domains and Tasks:

The trainers for these sessions are all credentialed grant professionals (GPCs) who agree to adhere to the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Code of Ethics and are GPA Approved Trainers. All of the trainings in this series align with the Grant Professionals Certification Institute’s competencies and skills.



This training aligns with the Grant Professional Certification Institute’s Competencies and Skills and is approved for 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Full participation in this training is also applicable for 1.0 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Partnerships Series

Trends in both private and public funding continue to emphasize partnerships. For young grant professionals, understanding the practicalities of including partners in the grant development and grant proposal is an important step toward producing a clear and compelling project. As grant professionals advance in their career, they understand the unique role they play in facilitating impact beyond their organization through partnerships.

This series has been developed by credentialed grant professionals who regularly guide successful partnerships with and between young grassroots organizations and long-established nonprofits. No matter where you work or where you are in your career, this series has been created for you as you work every day to make the world a better place.

If you would like to arrange a custom-scheduled training for your organization, please email us to speak to one of our training staff. If you would like information about all our upcoming trainings, please subscribe to our monthly training newsletter!

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