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

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

GPA 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay by Jillain Veil-Ehnert

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What a joy and privilege it was to gather together in Seattle for the annual GPA conference. With the assistance of the Grant Professional’s Foundation scholarship, I attended my first in-person conference since the pandemic and it was an amazing opportunity to learn from industry leaders. I left the conference invigorated about our profession and ready to finish the year … Read More

GPA 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay by Denise Henry

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Giving, growing and learning. These three words aptly define my career and approach to being the best grants professional and fundraiser I can be. I believe career growth starts with being a lifelong learner, listener, and collaborator to add strong team value for community good. For me, 2021 began with a new job in higher education grants management after previous … Read More

GPA 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay by Leilani Ocasio

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Tips for a first time GPA Conference Attendee As a first-time GPA Conference attendee, I’d like to share some tips! First and foremost, I amincredibly grateful to the Grant Professionals Foundation for their scholarship opportunity. As anew grant professional, I would not have been able to attend the conference without thisscholarship. A safe assumption to make about grant professionals is … Read More

GPA 2021 Annual Conference Scholarship Essay by Colleen Engelbrecht

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When you are a grant professional, the majority of your work life is spent crafting a winning proposal for others – not yourself. After participating in last year’s Grant Professionals Association’s virtual conference, I knew that I had to get myself to Seattle. But how? Encouraged by my fellow members of the San Diego County Chapter, I applied for a … Read More