September 8 GPF News

September 8, 2015

Silent Auction: Eat! Play! Live!
Doesn’t that sound like the perfect break from deadlines, word counts, and logic models?

We hope you’ve made plans to attend the 2015 GPA National Conference in St. Louis this November, but even you haven’t, you can still help grow our profession by contributing to the GPF Silent Auction – Eat! Play! Live! We’re expecting some 650 attendees and have a fundraising goal of $5,000.

We’ve already collected some great items:
  • Vacation/getaway stays in North Carolina, Las Vegas, and Orlando
  • Disney Park-Hopper passes (boy were they hot last year!)
  • A private yacht cruise with appetizers
  • 2016 baseball tickets
  • Gorgeous jewelry
Featured Item
7-day Stay at Emerald Isle Beach House
North Carolina
This is a not-to-be-missed vacation opportunity!
Only a 2 ½-hours drive from Raleigh, this gorgeous coastline setting blends relaxation with plenty of activities. Spend the day lounging at the beach, swimming, fishing, or snorkeling. Or, enjoy wandering through funky shops and eating at unique restaurants.
Call for Auction Items
You can be a part of raising funds that keep the members of your profession in the know through scholarships for Grants Professional Certificate study, opportunities to attend our yearly conferences, and funded memberships. Please consider donating an item (or items!) with a value of $100 or more that are easy to pack or ship back home. Perhaps…
  • …a gift card from a signature restaurant in your town along with passes to your hometown museum
  • … an experience you can’t actually buy like 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!
Remember, people from across the country (and even international destinations) attend the conference. See how you can make your item the “hot-bidding” item that no one wants to miss out on!
You only have until September 30 to get your item in!
Fill out the this form to donate:
Got questions? Drop a line to

Now, go Eat! Play! Live!

GPC Exam Scholarship Application Cycle Now Open!

Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) Exam Scholarship applications are now being accepted until October 1, 2015, 5pm EST.
The Grant Professional Certification (GPC) measures an individual’s ability to provide quality grant-related services within an ethical framework. It was established in 2004 by the GPA to ensure test integrity and independence. The GPC Exam was designed within National Commission of Certifying Agencies guidelines, and has been psychometrically proven to be valid and reliable. For more information about the eligibility packet and exam process, please visit the GPCI website.
The GPCI Board will offer three types of GPC scholarships in 2016
  • Bridge Futures Scholarship (open to GPA members and non-members)
  • Grant Professionals Certification Institute Scholarship (open to GPA members and non-members)
  • Grant Professionals Foundation Scholarship (open to GPA members only)
Application guidelines include:
  • Applicants must agree to adhere to the Grant Professionals Association’s Code of Ethics.
  • Applicants must agree to the Terms of Application.
  • Responses to each question must be 250 words or less.
  • All individuals awarded a 2015 GPC Scholarship must submit their eligibility packet to GPCI by March 1, 2016.
  • Scholarship awardees must take the exam by September 30, 2016.

Submit your application today!

Open Membership Scholarship Applications Still Being Accepted!
There’s still time to get your application in for a GPF Open Membership Scholarship. But hurry – the deadline is midnight (CDT), September 30, 2015.
Three membership scholarships are available:
  1. Chapter Leader Membership Scholarships (for current and incoming GPA Chapter Officers)
  2. New Membership Scholarship (one-year GPA national Membership valued at $209 and a one-year local GPA Chapter Membership value ranging from $25 to $75 depending on the Chapter)
  3. Renewing Membership Scholarships (one-year Memberships – dues for GPA national and local GPA Chapter, valued at up to $284 for both)
Learn more about Open Memberships Scholarships and apply here today

Show us the Money – and Some Love

As a grant professional, you help change the world for the better, one grant at a time. Thank you for making a difference!
Become a member of The Giving Well with a donation of just $10 a month. You’ll help provide meaningful education and networking opportunities for grant professionals across the country. Your gift supports scholarships for GPA memberships, GPA national conference registrations, and the GPC exam that help to advance the profession—your profession.
Click here to learn more about the I Heart Grant Professionals campaign and how to donate.

Grant Expectations

4 Ways for Grant Pros to Pay It Forward in 2015
By Micki Vandeloo, GPC
In September’s Grant Expectations blog, Micki Vandeloo, GPF Board Member, talks about all the ways you can support the grants profession without hurting your wallet! You can donate, create a scholarship, and/or volunteer. There are many ways to get involved; who knows, you might even make some great new friends and have fun!
Read Micki’s blog here.
Our Mission
The Grant Professionals Foundation touches the lives of people in our communities by ensuring that resources are available to train, credential and advocate for those grant professionals serving not-for-profit organizations who secure the funding necessary to serve the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. We support the education that provides knowledge to grant professionals, the advocacy that gives them greater access to funding, and the credentialing that establishes and promotes excellence in the field. Our partners are the Grant Professionals Association which educates and advocates for grant professionals, along with the Grant Professionals Certification Institute which defines the benchmark standards of the grant profession through credentialing.
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4 Ways for Grant Pros to Pay It Forward in 2015

Micki Vandeloo, GPC Lakeview Consulting, Inc.

September, 2015

It has been said, “It is better to give than to receive.” As grant professionals, we could make the case that we give back every day by helping organizations obtain financial support for their worthwhile efforts. However, I believe we are on this earth to give fully of ourselves, so I have been pondering other ways I can give back. I decided to focus my thoughts on giving back to the grants profession. I have received such vast knowledge and professional assistance from other grant professionals, as I know you have. Now, it’s time to “pay it forward”.

I know not all of us have vast resources to commit financially, so I want you to think about four ways that are simple and inexpensive ways to support our profession.

Give to the Grant Professionals Foundation

The Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF) strengthens nonprofits and advances the grant profession by providing scholarships for the Grant Professionals Association’s (GPA’s) Annual Conference, GPA membership, and Grant Professionals Certification (GPC) exams. I am a proud member of the Foundation Board of Directors and have been amazed at the generosity of grant professionals from around the country. The Foundation wants to increase its financial support for grant pros – but to do so, we have to secure more financial support from compassionate people like you.

Now is a great time to give through the Giving Well, the GPF’s new monthly giving club. Simply go to the GPF website and enter the monthly amount you wish to contribute. You can donate at whatever level is comfortable for you, and the money is deducted automatically from your bank or credit card account. This is an excellent way to show your love for the profession!

Create a Scholarship in Someone’s Name

Is there a grant pro who has made a difference in your career or life but who has sadly passed on? There is no better way to honor the person’s memory than by creating a membership, GPC, or conference scholarship in his or her name. Examples of current honorary awards are the Chuck Howard Legacy Scholarship and Endowment Fund, the Susan Kemp GPA Conference Scholarship, and the Pam Van Pelt Memorial Scholarship.

To establish a scholarship in someone’s name, contact Kimberly Hays de Muga, GPF Board Chair, and provide details about the award you would like to create, including any

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application requireements. Thee GPF welcoomes the oppportunity to memorialize and hoonor the peopple who havve made a ddifference inn the lives oof grant proofessionals.

Donatee to the Sillent Auctiion

The GPAA National CConferencee is coming up soon! Itt will be helld from Novvember 11 through the 14 in SSt. Louis, Missouri! I amm excited, aas a local reesident andd member oof the St. Louiss Chapter, tto welcomee grant professionals frrom aroundd the world to one of thhe fun and tradition-ppacked citiees there is!

Every yeear, at the NNational Coonference, the Grant Prrofessionalls Foundati on organizees a Silent Auuction to beenefit the FFoundation’’s scholarshhip fund. It has gottenn bigger andd better evvery year, aand this yeaar will be noo exception. From tripps to jewelryy to handmade gifts, thiis year’s aucction promiises to offerr items thatt will help yyou Eat! Plaay! Live!

We are llooking for donations ffor the silennt auction. If you or soomeone youu know has a talent foor making aarts or craftss, a vacatio n property,, a special ttalent or skiills to sharee, or other ideeas for Silennt Auction items valueed at over $$100, pleasee visit our SSilent Auctiion donationn page to suubmit youritem description.

Volunteer at the GPA Natiional Conference

The National Confeerence would not succeed withouut hundredss of volunteeers. You caan work at the Silent AAuction, be a session hhost, or worrk at the Weelcome tablle or registrattion desk. ((Click on thhose links too sign up foor your voluunteer slot nnow!) Donaating your timme doesn’t ccost anythinng and is a ggreat way too network aand learn mmore about the conferennce and thee Grant Proffessionals AAssociationn.

I hope yyvantage of oone of thesee ways to giive back to others! Graant writing

ou take adv is a fulfillingg professionn full of gennerous, kindd, big-heartted people wwho deservve your timee and inveestment. WWe’re “makinng the worldd a better pplace, one ggrant at a timme”.

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