#GPFSilentAuction2018: Let Your Imagination Run Wild! by Mark Beamis
Wondering about how to tell hundreds of grant professionals about your great GPA Chapter, your business, or the great work of grant professionals? Are you looking for a way to showcase your Chapter or business at the national conference in Chicago? Relax, we’ve got you covered at the eighth annual Silent Auction at the GPA National Conference in Chicago, Illinois, November 7-10, 2018: https://www.grantprofessionals.org/conference.
The Grant Professionals Foundation strengthens nonprofits and advances the grant profession by providing scholarships for the Grant Professionals Association’s national conference, annual Grant Professionals Association and local chapter memberships, financial assistance for the Grants Professional Certification exam, and GPA chapter regional conference sponsorships. The annual GPF Silent Auction raises money that makes a difference for grant professionals nationwide.
This year we are asking GPA chapters, individual grant professionals, and businesses supporting nonprofits to donate an item to the Silent Auction that will be held throughout the conference. Join other Chapters and supporters by donating a gift card, item, a theme basket or collection of items to be auctioned off. Perhaps a gift card from a signature restaurant in your town along with passes to your museum. What about an experience you can’t buy? Perhaps you or someone you know has backstage access to a TV show taping or a cool tour that isn’t open to the public. Feel free to think out of the box! Easy to pack home baskets are always welcome. We’ve got some great trips and products already lined up, but we want to showcase your area too. Remember, people from across the country (and even international destinations) attend the conference. Auction items will be showcased online. Make your item the “hot-bidding” item that no one wants to miss out on!
Need ideas? The New England GPA Chapter has been donating baskets since the Silent Auction began, and over the years they have included items such as maple syrup from Vermont, blueberry jam from Maine, gourmet chocolate from Massachusetts, coffee syrup from Rhode Island, cheeses from New Hampshire, a gift certificate for the famous Legal Seafoods restaurant, a votive with a lithophone of the Boston skyline, and even a stuffed lobster toy. Let your imagination run wild! Additionally, you’ll benefit from exposure of your chapter, business, or individual name to those who attend the event. Donors will be listed and the merchandise you give will be on-line or on display throughout the Conference in Chicago.
We are truly appreciative of your support of grant professionals and nonprofits making the world a better place!