What the GPA is All About-Thanking the Miracle Makers

Lisa Sihvonen-Binder & Heather Stombaugh, GPC, CFRE

As we get ready for the 15th annual Grant Professionals Association conference, we can’t help but think of all the amazing people who support the grant profession every day. From the GPF’s donors, founders, and volunteers to the Grant Professionals Association staff, volunteers and members, each one of them strives to strengthen and support the jobs we do to make a difference in the world.

So, this month we’ve dedicated the Grant Expectations blog to thanking our miracle workers.

Thank you, Barb Boggs and Kelli Romero. Your tireless dedication helps build an amazing grant professionals conference where we can learn, share, network, have fun, and meet new friends. Your daily work keeps the GPA website up-to-date and chock-full of resources and information for more than 2,000 members. You field our questions, process our memberships, manage the GPA bookstore, and provide support to the GPA board of directors and volunteers. Your pleasant demeanors and positive attitudes make you both a joy to work with. Thank you for being YOU!

Thank you, Dr. Bev Browning. Your support of the GPF and your passion for the grant profession continues to inspire us all. Each year you challenge others to match your support of the Susan Kemp GPA Conference Scholarship Fund so new grant professionals have the chance to take part meaningful professional development at the GPA conference. Thank you for making newcomers feel welcome. Thank you for giving experienced pros fantastic advice. And thank you for being a model “professional” in all ways!

Thank you, to the anonymous major donor and Oregon/SW Washington Chapter of the GPA who established the Chuck Howard Legacy Scholarship and Endowment Fund in memory of Dr. Chuck L. Howard. Scholarships support registration and lodging at the national conference. Our donors – named and anonymous – are the backbone of our mission and the source of our greatest strength. Thank you for supporting grant professionals who can’t afford to attend the conference.

Thank you, to the Nevada Chapter of the GPA for establishing the Pam Vanpelt Memorial Scholarship to remember an active member and friend. Scholarships support GPA membership fees.

Thank you, to the scores of donors who give to the GPF every year to ensure grant pGPF-scholarship-compare-2013-to-2014ros have access to GPA membership, the national conference, and the GPC exam. Without you, there would be no Grant Professionals Foundation. Without you, 15 grant professionals wouldn’t be able to attend the conference this year. You, dear donors, make the GPA not just a professional membership organization but truly a community of supportive peers.

Each year the number of scholars supported by the GPF grows, as does our donor base (see the chart below). We see already that 2015 is poised to be the best year ever, thanks to miracle workers like you.

Thank you for helping help us all change the world, one grant at a time.


October 8 GPF News

October 8, 2015

2015 Silent Auction: Eat! Play! Live!
Are you getting excited for the GPA conference in St. Louis?
We are too and we have lots of fun stuff to inspire you at the GPF Silent Auction!
Here are just a few of the great items we have up for bid this year!
We also have “places to play” trips to Las Vegas, New York, North Carolina, Branson (MO), Playa Del Carmen, and even Santorini Greece!
Beyond that we have items to help you “live well” including baskets of essential oils, jewelry of many styles, photography, tickets to sporting events, art museum memberships, golf foursomes at exclusive clubs, and specialty wines and craft brews.
We’ll even help you hone your craft with books, conference registrations, subscription services, and GPC exam fees.
How will you “Eat! Play! Live!” your way through the GPF Silent Auction? Be sure to visit and like the GPF Facebook page to see more information about the GPF Silent Auction items.
Get Certified! Take the GPC Exam
Show the world you know grants inside and out by getting the GPC credential.

The GPC Exam is designed for grant “generalists” who are experienced and understand the fundamentals of grants and grant writing. As the GPCI website states, “Successful candidates will require minimum knowledge and skills related to all aspects of grant development and management, including but not limited to such areas as grant preproduction, grant construction, public sector funding, private sector funding, ethics and grant accountability.”

The Exam was designed within National Commission of Certifying Agencies guidelines and has been psychometrically proven to be valid and reliable.
For more information on eligibility, how to apply, and to learn more reasons to get certified, visit the GPCI’s website today.


Grant Expectations
Thanking the Miracle Workers
by Heather Stombaugh, MBA, CFRE, GPC and Lisa M. Sihvonen-Binder, MS NMP
In the October Grant Expectations blog, Heather Stombaugh and Lisa M. Sihvonen-Binder speak for us all as they thank the miracle workers who support and strengthen the grant profession. From the GPF’s donors, founders, and volunteers to the Grant Professionals Association staff, volunteers and members, each one of them strives to help us do the best we can to make a difference in the world.
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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