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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