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Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson

The Intersections of Grant Writing and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • 01/10/2024
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom



*Held in conjunction with Association of Development Officers

Successful grant proposals often incorporate persuasive and inspiring storytelling supported by a clear budget. However, there are grant applications that require the articulation of systemic interventions, especially when the targeted audience is historically marginalized and underserved communities.

The importance of infusing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in grant writing serves to identify the complex and multiple needs of underserved populations and proposing culturally and linguistically relevant strategies that can lead to positive outcomes for all involved stakeholders.

This session will review the DEI expectations of funders and how grant writers can incorporate DEI into their professional practice. This session will also discuss the integration of theory for structuring and navigating the intersections of DEI and grant writing.


Maria Dautruche, CAP®, Consultant; Founder, Principal, the dopwell group LLC. Maria is the founder of the dopwell group llc. She has served as the inaugural director of the Westchester Center for Racial Equity at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, and manager of Race Forward’s H.E.A.L. Together (Honest Education Action & Leadership) initiative. Before taking on these roles, Maria was a senior advisor to the president and CEO of the National Urban League (NUL) after successful tenure on staff at the national civil rights organization as a vice president. In addition to managing a portfolio of funding partnerships, Maria managed special projects at NUL, including the organization’s participation in the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative, 2020 census initiatives and COVID-19 Communities of Color Needs Assessment.

Maria previously worked at the Smithsonian Institution, National Black Child Development Institute, New York Edge (formerly Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation) and Wave Hill. Maria is currently a Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing fellow, a certified Grief to Gratitude coach, trained Rx Racial Healing circle facilitator, 2018 Independent Sector NGen Fellow and 2017 92Y Women in Power Fellow. She also completed Yale School of Management’s Interpersonal Group Dynamics facilitator training. In 2004, Maria co-founded New Voices for Reproductive Justice—a powerful organizing force for the health and well-being of Black women and girls, women of color and LGBTQ+ people of color at the local, state (Pennsylvania and Ohio) and national levels.

Jeffrey Winthal, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Foundation Relations, United Way of Westchester and Putnam. Jeff is a Yonkers native with 13 years of grant writing experience developing and submitting proposals for foundations and local, state, and federal agencies. He is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Foundation Relations at the United Way of Westchester and Putnam and oversees all grant proposal development and submissions. Prior to joining the United Way, he worked as a program evaluator assessing PreK-16 educational projects and an adjunct professor at Binghamton University’s Social Work department teaching research methods and program evaluation courses. While having graduated with a MA in psychology from Iona University, Jeff is a PhD candidate at Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs completing his dissertation to understand how community navigators assist undocumented immigrants during the provision of community-based resources.

In his extracurricular time, he co-chairs a staff-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at the United Way, is a member of the Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson, and a board director at Ossining Padres Hispanos. He lives in Putnam Valley with his wife and 2 young daughters and strives to perfect his lasagna recipe.


  • 11:45 am: Announcements & Networking
  • 12 noon – 1 PM: Program


  • Non-members: $25
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