Leap of Faith

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By Amy Knudsen, MA, GPC; Planned Parenthood of the Heartland 2016 GPC Scholar During my senior year in college, I assisted in writing my first federal grant for an education program I developed while working at a homeless shelter. I could not have predicted that experience would have led me to where I am today, with 25 years of grants writing … Read More

Welcome new board members!

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The Grant Professionals Foundation is pleased to introduce and welcome our new board members: Judy Riffle, Ed.D. Nicole Sibilski, GPC Fayre Crossley, MBA, GPC Ericka Harney, ABD, CAE, CFRE, GPC, CVA Margit Brazda Poirier, GPC, MS Thank you for you volunteering your time, talent, and resources to advancing the grants profession!

GPF Silent Auction Team Hits a Home Run

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By Becky Jascoviak, GPF Silent Auction Team Coach Aristotle said, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” The individual “parts” that make up the Grants Professional Foundation are pretty incredible on their own, but put a group of passionate, service-oriented, step-up-to-the-challenge grant pros together on a team and you get a whole lot more “whole” to the individual … Read More

Thank you GPF!

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The Grant Professionals Foundation Board received the following thank you letter. The author preferred to remain anonymous, but agreed to let us share it on our blog. Dear Kimberly and the Board of the Grant Professionals Foundation, After 15 months of working as the full-time grant writer for my organization, I am only just beginning to self-identify as a grant … Read More

One at a Time

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By Mike Chamberlain, CEO, Grant Professionals Association Ten years ago this month, I made the decision to start on a journey. A journey to better health and well-being. The first thing I did was schedule a physical exam with my Family Doctor, something I had not done on my own in my adult life. I met with my Family Doctor and … 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

Pajama Work: Don’t Give Up About Giving Back

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By Kimberly Hays de Muga – Director of Development, Fraser Center Board Chair, Grant Professionals Foundation   Oversized tees, sweatpants, tunics, sweatshirts, leggings, sweatpants—we’re in the throes of an increasingly comfort based, casually dressed society.  All hail “Athleisure!” Gone are the power suits, power ties, buttoned-up button downs, creases, and pleats from the 80s. (I was, of course a child … 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