Skeptical to Enlightened

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

By Matthew Fornoff; Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona 2016 Conference Scholar I don’t like to label myself as a grant writer. Until I took my current position just over two years ago, I had only assisted writing a couple grants. So of course, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (CFB) – an organization I’d been trying to get … Read More

No Wining About This Event!

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A fun new event is happening at the 2017 GPA Annual Conference in San Diego from November 8-11. In addition to our regular Silent Auction (which will be digital this year!), GPF will also hold a Cork Pull. A Cork Pull is a fun little mystery game involving wine. And what’s not to love about wine? Guests attending the Welcome … Read More

A Conference for My Career Path

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

By Rachel Smoka-Richardson, MFA, CFRE; Senior Development Officer, Institutional Giving at Minnesota Public Radio 2016 Conference Scholar Graduating from college with a double major of theater and English, I knew two things – that I wanted to write for a living and that I needed to work in the arts. But although I love performing and writing, I also enjoy critical analysis, … Read More

A Very Fortunate Series of Events

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

By Liz Ratchford; Keystone College, Director of Grants 2016 Susan Kemp Conference Scholarship Recipient Like many of my fellow grant professionals, I did not start off my career in the grant world. I don’t think any of us when asked as a child what we wanted to be when we grew up answered: “grant professional!” But through what I consider … Read More



It is our great pleasure to announce two additional winners of scholarships to attend the 2016 GPA National Conference in Atlanta. We send our deepest appreciation to all of our deserving scholarship applicants. · Laura Scott · Matthew Fornoff Previously announced 2016 conference scholars include: · Liz Ratchford · Debra Burns · Nancy Ellis · Karen Watkins-Watts · Rachel Smoka-Richardson … Read More

Our Chance to have a Big Time Impact

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

Every Chapter Challenge By Susan Caldwell, CFRE, CGW One thing I have learned about grant writing – there is always something new to learn. The world of grant writing is not a place that we want to walk alone. From government grants to corporations to foundations, developing a grant proposal can be complicated, labor-intensive and full of twists and turns. … Read More

Hetrick Thrilled to Receive Scholarship

Amanda RipstraGrant Expectations

Danell Hetrick – Director of Grant Writing & Communications, Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Arkansas Chapter Conference Scholar   Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce Director of Grant Writing & Communications, Danell Hetrick received a Grant Professionals Foundation scholarship to attend the Grant Professionals Association National Conference in St. Louis last November. The GPA Conference is the premier comprehensive professional development … Read More

I’m Not Lost at Sea Anymore

TJGrant Expectations

By Amy Grosso – Grant Coordinator at Round Rock ISD 2015 Conference Scholar   I am an introvert. Many people are surprised when I make such a declaration, because I am a sociable person. I enjoy public speaking and spending time with friends. On the other hand, I shy away from large settings where I do not know anyone. … Read More

I Found My Tribe at the GPA National Conference

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By Amanda M. Ellinger, MRA – Sponsored Projects Coordinator at Jefferson College of Health Sciences Grant Professionals Foundation Scholar   When I heard I had been selected to receive a GPA Conference Scholarship, I was floored. Although I’ve been writing grants since 2006, I had never traveled outside of Virginia for a professional conference due to institutional budget constraints. As many of you … Read More