Five Must-Haves for Your Funder Site Visit - We Raise Foundation

Five Must-Haves for Your Funder Site Visit


Past Webinar

Writing and submitting a grant proposal is only the beginning. Making an impression on a foundation program officer is often the last step to secure your funding. This webinar will provide five tangible steps to plan and prepare for a successful funder site visit. Relationships are key and participants will learn how to win over the funder in order to get the grant. Participants will also learn about donor research, preparing agency leadership, and how to stand out in a sea of applicants through real-life examples.

What you will learn in this webinar:

  • How to identify the key players who should represent your organization; quickly prepare them; and ensure clear, streamlined communications.
  • Why a site visit is more than sharing your proposal—it’s building the foundation for a fruitful, long-term relationship.
  • Why what you do after the site visit can weigh just as significantly as the meeting itself.


Melissa KhamvongsaMelissa Khamvongsa is the vice president of development at Alzheimer’s Los Angeles, where she oversees all fundraising throughout southern California. Khamvongsa and her team implement long-term strategies and ensure consistent donor and institutional relationships and communication. She has helped several nonprofit organizations in California identify and maintain new philanthropic relationships to support their missions. Khamvongsa has raised over $45 million in her career and holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and a master of public administration from California State University, Northridge.


Tara PakTara Pak has served as director of grants at People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), Los Angeles, Calif., since 2017. In this role, she oversees PATH’s statewide foundation and corporate grant strategy, in addition to public-private partnerships and government funding in Los Angeles. A native of Southern California, Pak’s passions are rooted in equity, and she has advocated for issues ranging from homelessness and public health to youth leadership development. With eight years of experience, Pak has helped raise $19 million to support the region’s social sector. She earned her bachelor’s degree in literary journalism from the University of California, Irvine.


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