Calling All Brains on Deck:

Fast Forward Grant Funding
to Achieve Scalable Results

What would it mean to be able to accelerate results in the grant-making life cycle?
How many more worthy initiatives would already be impacting the lives of learners right now?

Join the conversation as we engage in several rounds of iterative thinking powered by our unique, tech-enabled collaborative methodology to take on the topic of accelerating grantmaking timelines for higher education.

In just 90 minutes, we will:

Summarize the key challenges facing the grant process from the perspective of both grant seekers and funders.

Brainstorm innovative approaches to overcome elongated grantmaking timetables inside our collaborative portal.

You'll walk away with new perspectives, fresh ideas, and deep insight into how other grantmakers and seekers might consider innovating the process of funding impactful initiatives that benefit learners. Save your seat for this free session and be a part of the movement to reimagine grant-making for the future of higher education.

Save Your Seat & Save the Date

Wednesday, May 18th, 10:00am - 11:30am PDT / 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT

- What to Expect -

Make your voice heard in this multi-stakeholder convening of grant seekers and grant funders to collectively explore funding innovation at scale.

In this session, we will focus on possible solutions to reduce the elongated timetables common in grantmaking to enable philanthropy to generate an impactful return on investment.



Using our collaborative portal, we’ll engage in several iterative cycles of thinking together over the fastest 90 minutes you’ve ever experienced. This approach energizes engagement, rapidly builds consensus, and saves time compared to typical committee meetings or large-scale convenings. 




- Rationale -

What gets lost in when timetables are elongated?

For each letter of inquiry submitted by each grant seeker, the funding decision may take 10-15 months before the grant is awarded. Throughout those long months, what gets lost?


Environmental changes may occur. 

Unanticipated staff changes

Addressing inter-departmental concerns and objections takes time

The probability of success for scalable best practices lessens



graphic showing the dangers of moving too slowly in decision making

- Meet Your Facilitators-

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Gisele Larose

Gisele Larose is the Executive Director of the WebStudy Foundation. She is a strategist and expert planner having worked many years in senior executive roles in healthcare and edTech.

Kevin Kelly, EdD

Kevin Kelly, EdD, teaches online courses as a Lecturer in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University, where he previously served for 13 years as the Online Teaching and Learning Manager. He works with colleges and universities as a consultant to address distance education, educational technology, and organizational challenges. Kevin co-authored with Todd Zakrajsek the 2021 Stylus book, Advancing Online Teaching: Creating Equity-Based Digital Learning Environments.

About WebStudy Foundation

WebStudy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to partnering with higher education stakeholders to design & host donor-funded collaborative convenings that accelerate results.


By applying collective intelligence to shared challenges, we guarantee BIG impact, faster. Strategic collaborations in higher education create an enormous challenge, but the cost of inaction is even greater.

We utilize a unique, technology-enabled methodology that brings “all brains on deck” to find solutions to the most important challenges facing higher education today.

We empower organizations, institutions, and communities—along with their diverse stakeholders— to align in real-time, source leadership at every level, and take committed action quickly, reliably, and resiliently.


Our virtual, facilitated engagements expedite decision-making and leave teams feeling more aligned, energized, and empowered than ever before.



- Save Your Seat -

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Wednesday, May 18th, 10:00am - 11:30am PDT / 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT