Dates offered: 24/7 & 365 (Online)

Time: Self-Paced 

Location: Area Foundation University Online

What you will learn: 

  • How to use the Foundation Directory to search for grants
  • How to target past funders
  • How to review peer organizations – see who is funding their programming
  • How to search multiple regions for national funders

Who should attend?

Individuals interested in discovering both federal and state funding opportunities. 


Learning and Development Facilitator, M.Ed.

Lorna Stafford

Lorna Stafford is a Learning and Development facilitator at the San Antonio Area Foundation. Before that, she served as the organization’s director of Communications after enjoying a multi-market, 20-year career as a journalist. Stafford holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from The University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a graduate of the HOLT Values-Based Leadership Program, is an adjunct lecturer at Texas State University, and is certified in online course development and instructional design. Stafford serves on various nonprofit boards and is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

Learning and Development Facilitator, Ph.D.

Dorian Williams, Sr., Ph.D.

Dorian Williams is a San Antonio native and Judson High School football/track standout, who went on to run collegiate track at UTSA. After a 24-year career in aviation, Williams retired from the Air Force with the rank of lieutenant colonel where he was commissioned as the Air Force’s first African-American aerospace physiologist. He went on to earn three master’s degrees and a doctoral degree. Williams has multi-dimensional expertise in executive coaching, educational development, career planning, strategic planning, and is a learning facilitation expert. Additionally, he holds certifications in instructional coaching, curriculum development, project management, and instructional design.

Learning and Development Facilitator, Ph.D.

Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez, Ph.D.

Sandie Palomo-Gonzalez has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She joined the San Antonio Area Foundation in 2007 and has managed grantmaking initiatives including $12 million awarded to South Texas nonprofits serving military families. The initiative garnered the Council on Foundation’s Critical Impact Award for innovative grantmaking. Palomo-Gonzalez also managed a $3 million grant making initiative supporting organizational effectiveness for nonprofits. She is currently a member of the organization’s Learning and Development team helping coordinate training, certification and cohort programs for area nonprofits. Palomo-Gonzalez holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from UT-Austin.