The Final Word: Fact vs. Fiction

4:15-4:00 p.m.


Peter Drury, Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations, Seattle Children's; Ceil Erickson, Director, Community Programs, The Seattle Foundation

Grantwriters sometimes bend the truth. Shocking! We use literary license for many reasons, such as when the program being proposed isn’t fully planned, or we need to present an optimistic view without solid evidence of success. Our two conversants and their moderator will hash out when it’s reasonable to go this route, and when the facts need to be unvarnished. You’ll hear whether we can dream a little in an application and how blunt one can be as a grantee needing to admit shortcomings in a program. 

Presenter Bio: 

Peter Drury Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations, Seattle Children's: Peter is Adjunct Professor at Seattle University (Master of Nonprofit Leadership Program) and is Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations, for Seattle Children's Hospital and Research Foundation. He is a trusted advisor for both philanthropists and nonprofit leaders; has taught extensively at the University of Washington; and was formerly Director of Strategy at Splash. Peter holds M.B.A., M.S.W., and M.Div. degrees from Seattle University, the University of Illinois, and Yale University, respectively.


Ceil Erickson, Director, Community Programs, The Seattle Foundation: Ceil joined Seattle Foundation in 1996. She is responsible for managing grantmaking programs administered by the Foundation including Medical Funds, Hardgrove Foundation, Birkenfeld Fund, Phillips Fund and the Whitehorse Foundation. Through its competitive grants programs and at the recommendation of donor advisors, the Foundation gives grants to hundreds of nonprofits working on a wide variety of issues. She also supports GiveBIG, our online giving event. Before joining the Foundation, she worked as a Development Director for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and for Planned Parenthood.