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by Shannon Northorp, South Florida Chapter Scholar In 2011, I became a member of GPA and quickly learned that GPA was my go to professional development resource. At that time, there was not a local chapter that I could get involved in. Fast forward a couple of years and the Broward County Chapter became the South Florida Chapter. The president … 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

GPA Member Benefits are Endless

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By DeaRonda Harrison Taking the leap and sharing with my peers to work with nonprofits I could see the stare and gaze of concern in their eyes. In 2013, I attended my first GPA conference where I had never even written 1 grant, yet. I wanted to make sure I was making the right decision. This conference sealed the deal, and … Read More

Skeptical to Enlightened

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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

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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

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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

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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