We always already have exactly what we need

to create exactly the world we want.

Let's grow your grants success ... together!

Excited. Empowered. Equipped.

In all our grants-related workshops and presentations, GrantsMagic U addresses grantsmanship not as an isolated “to-do list” activity – but rather, as a strategic and systematic organizational process that is deeply imbedded in your organization’s mission, vision, and values, and for which roles and responsibilities are shared by every stakeholder.

  • Our training is hands-on, practical, and grounded in day-to-day reality
  • We work hard to build top-notch takeaway value with perspectives, tools, and step-by-step frameworks that get results
  • We encourage big-picture thinking, attention to fine detail, and teamwork and collaboration at every level.
  • When you take part in our trainings and workshops, our intention is that you will be:




Excited about the opportunity to contribute to meaningful change in your community

Empowered with an understanding of the importance of the work you do

Equipped with the tools, resources, connections, and confidence to make it happen!

The GrantsMagic U Way: A Personal Promise

At the heart of GrantsMagic U is a very specific and particular perspective on healthy, authentic, sustainable grantseeking - a perspective deeply grounded in a set of nonnegotiable core values. 

You can think of this perspective as The GrantsMagic U Way. 

I, Maryn Boess, give you my whole-hearted personal promise to stand by these values and bring The GrantsMagic U Way to light and life in everything we do.

An authentic abundance mindset: There is already more than enough of everything we need to create the world we want.

A genuine collaborative mindset: We all win when we learn to work together. And we all lose when we don't.

A commitment to rock-solid, thoughtful, strategic planning as the heart of every good grant proposal

A commitment to viewing grants success as a long game, not a quick fix or a short-term effort

A unique perspective as a dual citizen in the grants world - as both a grantseeker and a grantmaker

A deeply-held personal commitment to deliver astonishing value in a way that delights and inspires

A commitment to constantly challenge you to step fully into your power as a catalyst for positive change in your life, in your community, and in the world

And finally and most important, a promise to infuse everything we do with a big giant dose of brightness, boldness, and magic!

Our commitment to "replanting"

GrantsMagic U is a 10% tithe organization.  Fully 10% of what you invest in GrantsMagic U training and other resources is "replanted" in the world, specifically to support the global relief and development work of these three fine organizations:

We support our partners' work in your own community.  In addition, when you enroll in The Ultimate Grant Proposal Blueprint course through one of our partnering nonprofit membership associations, GrantsMagic U "replants" 40% of your enrollment fee to support that partner's work on behalf of nonprofits in your community.  We are proud to be partnering with - and supporting the good works of - these associations:

Maryn Boess

Founder/Chief Magic-Maker


Over her 35+-year career in the nonprofit world, Maryn has been an on-staff program developer and grantwriter; a independent grants consultant (winning more than $42 million for her clients over 10 years); a grants project manager; a grants trainer; a grants reviewer, author, speaker, mentor and coach; and - starting in 2006 - even a grantmaker.

This done-it-all background gives her the unique 3-D "insider's" perspective she brings to the practical and inspiring trainings on healthy, successful grantsmanship that she has been blessed to share with thousands of nonprofits of every size, nationally and internationally as well.

GrantsMagic U, launched in fall 2015, is the "virtual academy" she created to make her extensive portfolio of grantsmanship trainings available (and affordable!) for anyone, anytime, anywhere. GrantsMagic U's global student community now includes over 45,000 people from at least 34 countries, including all 50 U.S. states, DC, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands.

GrantsMagic U is an Approved Continuing Education Provider for both the Grant Professionals Certification (GPC) and Certified Fund-Raising Executive (CFRE) credentials. GrantsMagic U is also one of only 15 "Approved Trainers" for the Grant Professionals Association.

Since 2006 Maryn has also been “in the grantmaker’s chair,” managing up to $2 million annually in grantmaking for K-12 education in the U.S. Southwest. She considers herself a dual citizen in the grants world, and may be the only person to hold simultaneous membership in both GPA (Grant Professionals Association, for grantseekers) and GEO (Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, for grantmakers). 

In 2020, in recognition of her longstanding service and contribution to the grant profession, Maryn became just the second person ever to be inducted into the international Grant Professionals Class of Distinguished Fellows.