Skeptical to Enlightened

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

By Matthew Fornoff; Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona 2016 Conference Scholar I don’t like to label myself as a grant writer. Until I took my current position just over two years ago, I had only assisted writing a couple grants. So of course, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (CFB) – an organization I’d been trying to get … Read More

A Little Snow Didn’t Stop This Test Taker

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

By Dale Braden, GPC; Gethsemane Grant Consulting Service and Oregon Health & Science University 2016 GPC Scholar A short version of my background…I’ve worked at Oregon Health & Science University a total of 20 years. Over the last 11 years, I have helped a total of 63 investigators process over 300 different grant applications. I’ve processed small foundation applications to multi-project federal … Read More

A Very Fortunate Series of Events

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

By Liz Ratchford; Keystone College, Director of Grants 2016 Susan Kemp Conference Scholarship Recipient Like many of my fellow grant professionals, I did not start off my career in the grant world. I don’t think any of us when asked as a child what we wanted to be when we grew up answered: “grant professional!” But through what I consider … Read More

Leap of Faith

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

By Amy Knudsen, MA, GPC; Planned Parenthood of the Heartland 2016 GPC Scholar During my senior year in college, I assisted in writing my first federal grant for an education program I developed while working at a homeless shelter. I could not have predicted that experience would have led me to where I am today, with 25 years of grants writing … Read More

How My GPA Membership Scholarship Advanced My Professional Development Goals

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

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

After the Exam

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

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!

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

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

GPC Scholarship Changed My Career and Life

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

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

Realizing My Worth as a Grants Manager

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

By Meghann Adams, GPC – Grants Manager at Zoo Atlanta 2014 GPC Scholar I grew up wanting to be an English teacher just like my dad. Or I could be a movie director. My dad and I even joked about me growing up to be a beer truck driver. You get to travel at least, right? Well, needless to say, … Read More