At GPA, We Seem to Get Each Other

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by Catherine High, GPC; Rosemary West Scholar This was my first time at the GPA National Conference, and my scholarship from GPF was certainly a great help in persuading my agency to let me go. I don’t think that will be a problem in the future! I came back with so much information, and so much renewed enthusiasm for my … Read More

I Was With My People

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by Lauren Petersen, 2017 Pamela Van Pelt Scholar As the holidays quickly approach, and many nonprofit professionals reflect on the year past, it is the 2017 Annual Grant Professional Conference that comes to my mind first. It isn’t very often you get to spend days on end devoted solely to learning to perfect your craft, reflecting on your own habits, … Read More

Turning Your Conference Experience into a GPC Study Group

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by Fielding Jezreel, St. Louis Chapter Scholar First, a huge thank you to GPF for providing a conference scholarship that enabled me to attend the 2017 GPA Conference. As a second-time conference participant, I had the luxury of knowing what to expect and how to plan out my schedule to maximize professional development and networking opportunities. For the 2017 conference, … Read More

My Conference Reflection

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by Laura Horochowski, AZ Founding Chapter Scholar As I think of the Grant Professionals Association’s conference from my work office, I cannot help but think of all the Uber rides that were a part of the trip to San Diego. I was fascinated by the variety of drivers and passengers that were a part of the trip. There were the immigrants … Read More

A Completely Different Conference Experience

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by Wendy Strain – Chuck Howard Scholar When I was first hired into a grants office, having little to no idea what I was doing (how many of us have been there?), I was sent to a different organization’s grant writing conference. It was my only true initiation into this new world I was entering. It was a learning experience, … Read More

A Scholarship of Exponential Value and Impact

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by Jackie Beyer – Tracey Potter Doe Memorial Scholar “View yourselves as the product.” Attending the National Grant Professionals Association Conference in San Diego, California definitely changed my way of thinking about myself. I had never viewed myself in this way before. I learned I am responsible for the success of my career by taking mindful, careful steps. Attending this conference … Read More

San Diego and “Baby Got Grants”

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By TJ Hansell – Arizona Founding Chapter Scholarship I know what you’re thinking…San Diego is pretty awesome, but “Baby Got Grants” is even awesomer. Yes, awesomer is not a word, but can any word really describe how awesome of an intro that was? I am sure a few of you are looking through your thesauruses and/or scrabble word list as … Read More

Helping a Beginner Get Off to a Good Start!

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By Jana Gowan – 2017 Nora Stombaugh Memorial Scholarship Thanks to a scholarship from the Grant Professionals Foundation, I was able to attend the annual Grant Professionals Association Conference in San Diego this year (November 2017). I accepted a position as a full-time grant writer at a public university in December 2016 with a beginner’s awareness of grants. I had … Read More

Conference Experience as a Scholarship Recipient

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by Karen Watkins-Watts, GPC First, my sincere gratitude to the Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF) for the scholarship enabling me to attend the 18th Annual GPA National Conference in Atlanta in 2016! Defraying the cost of conference registration (and other travel expenses) made the 2016 conference possible for me. I had the privilege of attending several past conferences, however, with a … Read More

Most Useful and Pertinent Conference Ever

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By Polly Bates; St Rose Dominican Health Foundation 2016 Pamela Van Pelt Conference Scholar Receiving the Pamela Van Pelt Scholarship last year allowed me to attend the Grant Professionals Association conference for the first time. After a 25-year career spent writing and editing a wide variety of communications, I found myself in a new position that was focused solely on … Read More