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At GrantStation, we want to make sure our community is up-to-speed on the what’s happening in the world of philanthropy. This blog features the thoughts and observations of our research staff, our CEO, and guest writers. It gives us the opportunity to share our insights as we research grantmakers and talk with grantseekers.

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About the Blog Contributors

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Cynthia M. Adams
CEO, GrantStation
Cynthia has spent the past 40 years helping nonprofit organizations raise the money needed to do their good work. She founded GrantStation in 1999 because she believes that grantseeking requires a thorough understanding of the variety and scope of grantmakers and a sound knowledge of the philanthropic playing field. With a strong background in journalism, Cindy is keen on unearthing new philanthropic trends as well as questioning traditional processes and systems. Most importantly, she has a passion for sharing these new insights with others.

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Jean Block
Contributing Author
Jean Block, a nationally recognized consultant and trainer on nonprofit management, board development, fundraising, and social enterprise, has more than 45 years' experience as both staff and volunteer leader of local, regional, and national nonprofits. She is the author of several books, including The Nonprofit Guide to Social Enterprise: Show Me The (Unrestricted) Money!, The invisible Yellow Line: Clarifying Board and Staff Roles, FUNdraising! 180+ Great Ideas to Raise More Money, and others. Visit Jean's websites to learn more and to sign up for her free newsletters: www.jblockinc.com and www.socialenterpriseventures.com.

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Jill Cochran
Marketing Administrative Specialist, GrantStation
Jill assists in all facets of GrantStation’s internal and external marketing programs. She earned a Social Marketing Certification and maintains our social media accounts, manages our Partner Depot program, and assists in marketing. Jill has worked in libraries, and has over 15 years of experience in digital and print media advertising.

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Diana Holder
Research Specialist, GrantStation
Diana works in our International Charitable Giving Database and writes the monthly International Insider newsletter. She also manages content for the Pathfinder website and she edits The State of Grantseeking™ Reports. Diana holds an M.A. in English, with a specialization in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. She has served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador where she worked to organize rural women's groups and promote civic participation.

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Ellen Mowrer
President, GrantStation
Ellen works with both clients and the GrantStation team in program adoption and management. In addition, she is responsible for marketing, finances, human resources, and The State of Grantseeking™ Survey and Reports. Ellen is on the board of Music for Everyone, and is active in the fight against puppy mills.

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Suzanne Perry
Contributing Author
Suzanne Perry is a free-lance writer who has been reporting about the nonprofit world since 2005, when she joined the reporting staff of the Chronicle of Philanthropy in Washington. At the Chronicle, she specialized in coverage of financial and management issues and the impact of government policy on philanthropy. She relocated to Minneapolis in 2015. She  previously held reporting posts at Reuters news service in Brussels, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and daily newspapers in Minnesota. She also headed the communications departments at the American Refugee Committee and Minnesota Public Radio.

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Kevin Peters
Research Specialist, GrantStation
Kevin joined GrantStation in 2006 and is a senior member of the research staff. Kevin works on GrantStation's U.S. and state databases, and researches federal listings for the GrantStation Insider. Kevin’s experience has been in technical writing, web development, and teaching writing and grammar at the university level and overseas.

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David Preis
Director of Operations, GrantStation
David has been serving as the Director of Operations for GrantStation since 2012. He manages our membership programs, customer service, and various projects. David brings over 20 years of business process experience with organizations such as Thrivent Financial, Best Buy, North Country Grocery Cooperative, and Minneapolis Elections.

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Jeremy Smith
Communications and Technology Director, GrantStation
Jeremy became part of the GrantStation team in 2008 and acts as the Director of Communications and Technology. He maintains the various websites under the GrantStation umbrella as well as the GrantStation Insider and International Insider newsletter mailings and programs. Jeremy has ten years of experience in radio; in his spare time he hosts a weekly, tech-focused radio program called General Protection Fault.

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Bill Tedesco
Founder, CEO and Managing Partner of DonorSearch
Bill Tedesco is a well-known entrepreneur in the field of philanthropy with over 15 years of experience leading companies serving the fundraising profession. Bill has personally conducted original research to identify markers of philanthropy and has developed modeling and analytical products that use those markers to accurately predict future giving. Since 2007, Bill has been the founder, CEO and Managing Partner of DonorSearch.

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Juliet Vile
Administrative and Analytics Specialist, GrantStation
Juliet manages administrative and financial processes for GrantStation and also works on The State of Grantseeking™ Survey and Reports. Juliet holds an Ed.M. degree and has over 10 years of experience working for nonprofits focused on improving the education of children and adults.
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