2022 GPA Scholarship Essay by Dabney Brand

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There seemed to be many first-time attendees at the 2022 GPA Conference, including myself. That initself, is telling as to the necessity for conferences such as this, training, and new grant professionals. Like others, I found myself involved in grants not as a career path. However, we can all agree we havefound our places here among amazing colleagues. I received … Read More

2022 GPA Conference Scholar Essay, by Mike Weinrauch

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to GPF, and all the grant professionals who contribute to allow for conference scholarships. I was the grateful beneficiary this year, and I loved every minute of being at the GPA annual conference in Louisville. This was my 2nd GPA conference, having previously attended in Chicago in 2018 when I was younger and, presumably, … Read More

2022 GPA Conference – Scholar Essay, by Kalea Pauole

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I have been the Senior Grants Program Administrator for the City of Topeka for 10 months. My job is two-fold. I find, write, and do the post-award reporting on grants for the City and I oversee the grants the City gives to organizations. I love that my job allows me to work with a variety of stakeholders with different interests … Read More

2022 GPF Conference Essay, by Lucas Reed

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“Providing the grandeur of the forest depths in the dim seclusion of which you may wander musingly for hours.” — Frederick Law Olmsted, landscape architect, describing his design for Iroquois Park in Louisville, Kentucky, in “Louisville’s Olmstedian Legacy” written by Clark Kramer (source: Wikipedia).           I jogged around a curve in the steep path. A small, black-furred dog let out … Read More

2022 GPA Conference Scholar Essay, by Angela Smith

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I am grateful to the Grant Professionals Foundation for the opportunity to attend my first GPA Conference. Having attended many online (and in person) conferences, I am always a bit leery of the quality, technology, and diversity of subjects. I was thrilled to find the conference providing me with the next level of education needed to advance my grant writing … Read More

Grant Professionals Association Conference Recap, by Susie Ryks

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I was honored to be chosen as a Grant Professionals Association Conference Scholar. It has made such a positive impact on myself as well as my nonprofit organization. I work for a statewide nonprofit as the Vice President of Community Development. I oversee Resource Development and Marketing Departments, as well as our volunteer centers that are located in three regions … Read More

GPF 2022 Highlight Video

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Missed the 2022 GPA Conference? Want to see a recap of all GPF’s 2022 activities? Then watch our short video that was featured during this year’s conference.

2022 GPA Conference Scholar Essay, by Gregory Stewart

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It’s been about two weeks since the 2022 Annual Grant Professionals Association Conference finished. In these weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to tell my peers about my experience and to reflect upon what I learned and experienced during my few days in Louisville, Kentucky. My biggest takeaway was that the Grants Industry is much more robust than I had ever … Read More

2022 GPA Conference Scholarship Essay, by Nataly Routledge

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I am a fairly busy person. There is always either a major deadline on the horizon or the spirit of a deadline haunting my calendar, ready to materialize at any moment. That is what I love about the world of grants: the fast-paced, deadline-driven atmosphere that offers challenge and keeps me typing. It’s also sometimes what stands as a barrier … Read More

A Reflection on Attending the 2022 GPA Conference as an Online Participant, by Chellee Unruh

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This year was my first time attending the Grant Professional Association Conference. I attended virtually participating in all available online options including attending session and the exhibitor booths.  The online platform used for the conference was very user-friendly allowing me to easily navigate all aspects of the conference. Attending the opening sessions on Thursday set the tone for the remainder … Read More