Foundations are only meeting three or four times a year if you are lucky, so your window for training opportunities can be very small.
Even being aware of where it is on the agenda can be so important. If I put learning matters after the grant process, it was much more difficult to get engagement. Everyone was worn out. As non-family members, we sometimes underestimate the amount of energy that goes into the decision-making process, especially when there are divergent opinions.
Excerpted from philanthrofiles.org.