Realizing My Worth as a Grants Manager

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By Meghann Adams, GPC – Grants Manager at Zoo Atlanta 2014 GPC Scholar I grew up wanting to be an English teacher just like my dad. Or I could be a movie director. My dad and I even joked about me growing up to be a beer truck driver. You get to travel at least, right? Well, needless to say, … Read More

Mastering the Grants Profession

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By Tracey Diefenbach, GPC – Director of Grants, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri 2012 GPC Scholar I feel truly blessed to work for an organization – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri – that is an innovative, one-of-a-kind agency – where we push from good to better to best, embrace challenges, study our craft, and strive to achieve the … Read More

You actually LIKE writing grants?

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By Katy Shoemaker, Grant Writer, Thanksgiving Point Institute Leadership Member Scholar – Utah Chapter Upon graduating college or entering the first few years of your career, the question, “What is your direction and what are you going to do for a profession?” is constantly posed. Society creates a pressure for those entering their career, those exploring new careers and those … Read More

GPA Membership = Networking & Collaboration

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By Dr. Janell Harvey, Associate Professor of Business, DeVry University Renewing Member Scholar – S. Shore Indiana Chapter As a Professor of Business and fundraising professional, membership in the Grant Professionals Association has afforded me a wealth of opportunities. Networking with like-minded people has allowed me to better understand fund development trends in a number of areas. For example, I … Read More

Before the Exam

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By Bethany Turner – Grant Writer, Big Sandy Community & Technical College GPC Scholar   When I first learned about the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) exam, I knew I wanted to become a GPC. I understood the importance of the certification to my career and our profession. I’m an achiever by nature and by nurture. If there is some credential to … 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

I Drank the Kool-Aid: Learning Best Practices from Seasoned Pros at GPA National Conference

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By Jayson Babel – Strategic Non-profit Consultant at Florida Academy of Professional Mediators, Inc. South Florida Chapter Scholar   As a relatively new grant writer, seeking best practices is a top priority to enhance skills and make our applications as competitive as possible. The opportunity to attend the Grant Professionals Association Conference 2015 in St. Louis presented itself as a … Read More

GPA: I Finally Found My People

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By Elaine Finn, GPC – Owner of Elain Finn Consulting Grant Professionals Foundation Scholar   For me, it’s all about the instant gratification.   Being chosen as a GPF scholar to attend the Grant Professional’s Association Annual Conference last November in St. Louis provided me with immediate opportunities for professional and business growth. All those industry experts, all in one … Read More

It’s More Than A Learning Opportunity: Make Friends & Build Networks at the GPA Annual Conference

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By Rhonda McDonald, Owner of RM Grant Writing Chuck Howard Memorial Scholar   Last November, I took a trip to St. Louis, Missouri to attend the Grant Professionals Association 17th Annual National Conference: Gateway to Grant Success. I attended as a Scholar, having received a scholarship from the Grant Professionals Foundation that paid for my conference fees. At home reflecting … Read More