Today the Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF) released its sixth annual “Grant Professionals Impact Survey.”

The GPF seeks the feedback of grant professionals in the U.S. and around the work, as the results of this survey will be used to define the significant impact grant professionals make in our world every year. The Grant Professionals Association, its affiliate organizations (GPF and the Grant Professionals Certification Institute), and the public may use the results to make a case for support to grant makers and donors.

The Grant Professionals Impact Survey will be open for six weeks, closing on October 8, 2016. All responses will remain strictly confidential, and the survey takes 10 minutes or less to complete. Please go to and complete the survey today. All survey participants can choose to enter a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.

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Grant Professional Foundation Awards 7 Conference Scholarships!

Grant Professional Foundation Awards the first 7 Conference Scholarships in August!

It is our great pleasure to announce the following grant professionals have won scholarships to attend the 2016 GPA national Conference in Atlanta. The Foundation expects to make additional announcements later in the month. We send our deepest appreciation to all of our deserving scholarship applicants.

GPA Conference Scholars for the first announcement of 2016 are…

  • Liz Ratchford
  • Debra Burns
  • Nancy Ellis
  • Karen Watkins-Watts
  • Rachel Smoka-Richardson
  • Lisa Yalkut
  • Linda Maddox

Congratulations one and all!

The GPF is grateful to our donors, and volunteers who make all our scholarships possible!

One at a Time

BMike Chamberlainy Mike Chamberlain, CEO, Grant Professionals Association

Ten years ago this month, I made the decision to start on a journey. A journey to better health and well-being. The first thing I did was schedule a physical exam with my Family Doctor, something I had not done on my own in my adult life. I met with my Family Doctor and after the poking, prodding, measurements and battery of questions, she said, “You know you really should lose some weight.” I replied, “Yes, but I really do not know where to start.” That is when the real journey started. She provided me with a diet plan and a guide to better eating, and told me it was important to watch portion size. I started slowly, first by changing lunch, then breakfast, and really watching portions at dinner. I added in a dose of daily exercise to build muscle and improve my health.

Over the next 12 months, I began losing weight and getting healthier every day. I had co-workers, friends and family ask me about my secret for making the change. My simple answer was “Diet and exercise”, which was often met with disappointment. However, one thing I learned during this journey was the importance of taking small simple steps and building on each success. For me, it was watching the scale go down one pound at a time and tightening my belt one notch at a time, that encouraged me to continue. Ten years later, I am happy to report that I lost the weight and have kept it off.

This journey taught me the importance of starting with small steps, being persistent and knowing that in the long run, it is through these efforts that you can reach your goals.

The Grant Professionals Foundation works to fund professionalism in the grants field through its many efforts. One of those efforts is Giving Well which is the opportunity to make a difference one small gift at a time. By giving as little as $10 per month, you can start to make an impact. I know this as a current contributor through Giving Well. I have seen the impact it has in providing scholarships for grant professionals to attend conferences, participate in local chapters, and contribute to the grants profession. I know mine is a small contribution that added with other small contributions over time can make a significant impact in the grants profession. I invite you to join me on this journey by taking a first small step and start Giving Well today.

Grant Professional Foundation Awards 4 Membership Scholarships in July

It is our great pleasure to announce the following grant professionals have won scholarships for one year of GPA national membership plus one year of local chapter dues. The quality of the applications this cycle was quite high, and we send our deepest appreciation to all applicants.

Membership Scholars for the first half of 2016 are…

  • Lucien Meadows
  • Carolyn Caldwell
  • Rebekah Collins
  • DeaRonda Harrison

Congratulations one and all!

Remember: the GPF has two membership scholarship application cycles a year. You can apply today at Just click on the link for the Membership Scholarship Application, and you’ll be redirected to ZoomGrants to complete  the application.

The GPF is grateful to the GPA, ZoomGrants, our donors, and volunteers who make all our scholarships possible!