Tortured Terminology 

10:45–11:45 a.m.

Barbara Miller, Foundation and Corporate Gifts Manager, DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center)

Tortured Terminology is a lively, interactive presentation about jargon and other language atrocities too often used without careful thought by grantmakers and grantseekers alike. While there can be advantages to using field-specific or (supposedly) commonly-understood language, they are largely outweighed by its disadvantages. Through fun exercises (complete with prizes!) and contemporary examples, this presentation challenges attendees to take note of jargon they and others use and avoid it to make writing clearer and more precise.

Presenter Bio: 
Barbara Miller, Foundation and Corporate Gifts Manager, DESC: Barbara has been a nonprofit resource development strategist for more than 25 years, with deep expertise in grants development, proposal writing, collaborative partnership development, and donor/partner stewardship. In that time, she has raised a cumulative total of $30 million to serve vulnerable children, families and individuals, primarily in the human services and K-16 education.