Cash and Counting: The Importance of Data in Grantmaking

July 2019 by Jodi Buckman, ASPCA and Shelly Thompson, Maddie's Fund

Audience: Executive Leadership

Video Length: 47:11

In this session you'll hear from two grant makers, Maddie's Fund® and the ASPCA, about the importance of data in grant evaluation and funding decisions. This workshop includes an introduction to Shelter Animals Count, the national database, and the tools available to animal shelters through the database. Each funder discusses the importance of data in their grantmaking programs and provides guidance on how to incorporate data into a successful grant request. This presentation was recorded at the 2019 ASPCA Maddie's® Cornell Shelter Medicine Conference.

About Jodi Buckman

Jodi Lytle Buckman is the Vice President of Grantmaking for the ASPCA, leading a team that provides over $10 million a year in grants to animal welfare and protection organizations throughout the United States. The ASPCA's grantmaking team seeks to advance ideas, programs and organizations working to ensure animals are valued by society, protected by its laws and free from cruelty, pain and suffering.

Jodi also serves as an internal policy advisor on issues related to animal sheltering and welfare and serves on the on the board of Animal Grantmakers. Prior to focusing on the ASPCA's grantmaking program, Jodi led a variety of work at the ASPCA including the cultivation of national partnerships in animal sheltering and protection. Her service to national partners included working closely with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and Shelter Animals Count. With 30 years of experience working in nonprofit animal welfare and protection, she's led animal shelters in Maine, Minnesota and Ohio and worked nationally for the ASPCA and the American Humane Association. Jodi's areas of interest include governance, leadership, grantmaking and work in support of pets and their people. She achieved the Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) designation in 2006.


 

About Shelly Thompson

As the Director of Grants, Shelly oversees all aspects of grant making for Maddie's Fund®, from legal compliance to management of grants budgeting, requests, payments and reporting. She works with the Executive Leadership Team and Senior Management Team to develop grant opportunities and encourage grant proposals that advance the Foundation's Strategic Goals and Mission. She also serves on the board of both Shelter Animals Count and Animal Grantmakers. In 2002, after eight years at leading technology company PeopleSoft, Inc., Shelly jumped at the opportunity to work at Maddie's Fund. She believes this is a very exciting time in animal welfare, with so much progress having been made in her time at Maddie's Fund, and is thrilled to be able to help shepherd that progress even further.


 

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