GPF Silent Auction Team Hits a Home Run

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By Becky Jascoviak, GPF Silent Auction Team Coach Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The individual “parts” that make up the Grants Professional Foundation are pretty incredible on their own, but put a group of passionate, service-oriented, step-up-to-the-challenge grant pros together on a team and you get a whole lot more “whole” to the individual … Read More

How My GPA Membership Scholarship Advanced My Professional Development Goals

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By Carolyn Caldwell, GPC; Raising Awareness, Raising Funds, LLC 2016 Membership Scholar We all write proposals and complete applications as part of our daily work, so what makes applying for a scholarship from the Grant Professionals Foundation different from the rest? In my case, completing the application for a membership scholarship from GPF required me to think hard about my … Read More

Keeping in Touch with Your Foundation Donors

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By Teri S. Blandon, GPC, CFRE; Vice President for External Relations, PAI The 2016 election caused massive disruptions to many people, personally and professionally. As I work for a women’s reproductive rights advocacy organization, the election results caused us to pivot quickly. Immediately, we had to pull back our annual appeal letter (which was at the printer) and completely rewrite … Read More

After the Exam

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By Bethany Turner, GPC of bmtconsulting GPC Scholar When I first learned about the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) through a #GrantChat, I knew I wanted to become a GPC. About a year ago I earnestly started preparing to sit for the GPC exam. I was fortunate to receive a scholarship from the Grant Professionals Foundation. This gave me a definite … Read More

Thank you GPF!

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The Grant Professionals Foundation Board received the following thank you letter. The author preferred to remain anonymous, but agreed to let us share it on our blog. Dear Kimberly and the Board of the Grant Professionals Foundation, After 15 months of working as the full-time grant writer for my organization, I am only just beginning to self-identify as a grant … Read More

Giving Back and the Ultimate Transaction

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By Nancy Battersby 2015 Leadership Member Scholar, St. Louis Chapter Early in my career, a mentor surprised me by referring to our agency’s work with our clients as the “ultimate transaction”. As employees, many of us thought we were performing selfless work that benefited others. My mentor pointed out that we were receiving unsuspected rewards from our work, probably in … Read More

Our Chance to have a Big Time Impact

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Every Chapter Challenge By Susan Caldwell, CFRE, CGW One thing I have learned about grant writing – there is always something new to learn. The world of grant writing is not a place that we want to walk alone. From government grants to corporations to foundations, developing a grant proposal can be complicated, labor-intensive and full of twists and turns. … Read More

GPC Scholarship Changed My Career and Life

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By Kim Joyce, GPC of Kim Joyce & Associates, LLC 2013 GPC Scholar Nearly six years ago, I went out on my own as an independent grant professional. In the span of two short weeks, I landed my first two clients, quit my full-time job, became self-employed, and never looked back. At the time, I didn’t know what I was … Read More

One at a Time

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By Mike Chamberlain, CEO, Grant Professionals Association Ten years ago this month, I made the decision to start on a journey. A journey to better health and well-being. The first thing I did was schedule a physical exam with my Family Doctor, something I had not done on my own in my adult life. I met with my Family Doctor and … Read More