GPA Conference Scholarship Reflection, by Katie Maurer

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This past fall, I had the great honor of attending the Grant Professionals Association Conference in Louisville, KY. While this was my first time attending the conference, having been raised in Kentucky, it felt like returning home in several different ways. I love learning and being introduced to new concepts, it’s part of what I love about grant writing. The … Read More

2022 GPA Conference Experience, by Madison Shampine

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While, I’ve had many years of experience in development, I began my grant writing career in December 2021. Shortly after my arrival, my predecessor and grants mentor decided it was time to retire. I stepped into the Grants Manager role mid-2022 and knew I wanted to absorb as much information as possible in order to excel in this new role. … Read More

GPA Conference Scholarship Essay, by Dan Rubins

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As the executive director of a small nonprofit in its second year as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the grant application and research process can often feel isolating and solitary.  So often in this work small nonprofit leaders long for the sense of community. In the grants process, especially, nonprofit leaders are often made to feel that they are in competition … Read More

2022 GPA Conference Scholarship Reflection, by Christine Heft

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It was both an honor and a privilege to receive a scholarship from the GPA South Florida Chapter to attend the GPA National Conference. The City of Louisville, the Omni Hotel, the GPA Staff and the incredible Vendors and Volunteers were friendly and welcoming. From the “Call to Post” Bugler who was featured on stage from the Kentucky Derby to … Read More

GPA 2022 Conference Scholarship Essay, by LaTwan Roddey

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Thanks to the donors of the Dr. Bev Brown and Dr. Bernard Turner African American Professional scholarship, this was my 2nd year attending the GPA conference. I tuned into the conference virtually which was as fulfilling as I imagine being in person would have been. I applaud the GPA team for creating such a streamlined online experience with a custom … Read More

2022 GPA Conference Reflection, by Dana Frye

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As I start my day with intention thinking about my plan, controlling what I can, and creating a do and don’t list, I am compelled to think about the magnitude of learning I experienced at the Grant Professionals Annual Conference in Louisville, KY.  The conference was my first for grants and I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend through the … Read More

GPA Conference 2022 Scholar Essay by Terry Beigie

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“Let me live, love and say it well in good sentences.”–Sylvia Plath I don’t think there’s a better quote that sums up my entire career—first in print journalism and now as a grants professional for a local government. I have deeply loved words and I have cursed words (using real curse words, ironically). After 25 years in community print journalism, … Read More

2022 GPA Conference Scholar Essay, by Andres de los Santos

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As I was thinking on attending the GPA Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in person, I was informed of this wonderful scholarship opportunity. I never in my wildest dreams thought I would be awarded. What an honor it was to not only be a member of GPA but be chosen to attend this highly regarded conference as a GPA Scholarship recipient. … Read More

2022 GPA Conference Review, by Andrea Forsmo

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“Ask and you shall receive.” The words my boss said after I took her advice about my GPF scholarship, and indeed, a theme that was central my experience at the GPA 2022 Annual Conference. In fact, attending the Annual Conference began with an ask. My scholarship application was an ask for support to grow professionally, and in return to help … Read More