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Today the Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF) released its sixth annual “Grant Professionals Impact Survey.”

The GPF seeks the feedback of grant professionals in the U.S. and around the work, as the results of this survey will be used to define the significant impact grant professionals make in our world every year. The Grant Professionals Association, its affiliate organizations (GPF and the Grant Professionals Certification Institute), and the public may use the results to make a case for support to grant makers and donors.

The Grant Professionals Impact Survey will be open for six weeks, closing on October 8, 2016. All responses will remain strictly confidential, and the survey takes 10 minutes or less to complete. Please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2016GPAImpactSurvey and complete the survey today. All survey participants can choose to enter a drawing for a $100 Visa gift card.

Visit us online www.grantprofessionalsfoundation.org for more information about the GPF, other grant research projects, or our scholarship programs. Support your grants profession by giving to the GPF. Please Donate Now!


One at a Time

BMike Chamberlainy 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 after the poking, prodding, measurements and battery of questions, she said, “You know you really should lose some weight.” I replied, “Yes, but I really do not know where to start.” That is when the real journey started. She provided me with a diet plan and a guide to better eating, and told me it was important to watch portion size. I started slowly, first by changing lunch, then breakfast, and really watching portions at dinner. I added in a dose of daily exercise to build muscle and improve my health.

Over the next 12 months, I began losing weight and getting healthier every day. I had co-workers, friends and family ask me about my secret for making the change. My simple answer was “Diet and exercise”, which was often met with disappointment. However, one thing I learned during this journey was the importance of taking small simple steps and building on each success. For me, it was watching the scale go down one pound at a time and tightening my belt one notch at a time, that encouraged me to continue. Ten years later, I am happy to report that I lost the weight and have kept it off.

This journey taught me the importance of starting with small steps, being persistent and knowing that in the long run, it is through these efforts that you can reach your goals.

The Grant Professionals Foundation works to fund professionalism in the grants field through its many efforts. One of those efforts is Giving Well which is the opportunity to make a difference one small gift at a time. By giving as little as $10 per month, you can start to make an impact. I know this as a current contributor through Giving Well. I have seen the impact it has in providing scholarships for grant professionals to attend conferences, participate in local chapters, and contribute to the grants profession. I know mine is a small contribution that added with other small contributions over time can make a significant impact in the grants profession. I invite you to join me on this journey by taking a first small step and start Giving Well today.

You Made the World a Better Place

By Teri S. Blandon, GPC – Vice President for External Relations, PAI


This week, the Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF) released its 2015 Annual Report, available on its website here. Long-time supporters of the Foundation will notice a new, streamlined approach to the report, covering a year’s worth of achievements in just eight powerful pages—about half the size of reports in previous years. This was a strategic decision designed to place emphasis on the impact of the people who are the Foundation: donors, volunteers, and scholars.


The report’s theme of “Making the World a Better Place, One Grant at a Time” has an important double meaning. The initial meaning is obvious. As grant professionals, the grants we help procure make an important impact on our communities, our countries, and the world. This is underscored at the bottom of the report’s page 6, where it discusses the findings of the 2014 Grant Professionals Impact Survey. Among the most astonishing statistics is the fact that survey respondents secured more than $1 billion in grant funding. Whether you worked on a proposal for $1,000, $10,000 or $10 million, you contributed to an immense amount of resources that were invested in changing people’s lives for the better.


The second meaning of “Making the World a Better Place” refers to the difference the Foundation’s donors and volunteers make in the lives of fellow grant professionals. This year’s report provides a representative snapshot of the people who received GPF scholarships. The Foundation provides support for attending GPA annual conferences, organizing GPA chapter regional conferences, joining GPA, and applying for the GPC credential exam. The four people highlighted on pages 3-4 of the report received different types of scholarships, but a common theme runs through their stories: GPF scholars feel like they are part of a community that understands their professional challenges. Every single GPF donor and volunteer makes a tremendous impact by helping to build a cadre of educated, connected, effective, and successful grant professionals.


As GPF Chair Kimberly Hays de Muga, GPC, so eloquently writes in the report’s opening letter, “Your gifts of time, talent, and treasure are building a long-term legacy for the grants profession.” Read the report to see that truth in action.


Collective Value, Collective Power: Grant Professionals Impact Survey

DID YOU KNOW: The Grant Professionals Impact Survey helps us understand how grant pros make the world a better place, one grant at a time. The ground-breaking survey, created and sponsored by the Grant Professionals Foundation, analyzes the work of grant professionals who write, manage, research, develop, administer, and plan projects funded in whole or part with grant funds. The results of the survey are used to inform Grant Professionals Association (GPA) membership recruitment, professional development opportunities, and the “state of the profession” for our conversations with nonprofit leaders, development directors, funders, and other stakeholders affected by the work of grant professionals.


In 2015, the Impact Survey gained new ground through a four-year comparative analysis. The results of the study were published in the 2015 edition of the Journal of the Grant Professionals Association. The results illustrate how the work of grant professionals is instrumental in raising funds, supporting new and continuing programs, and leading nonprofits to success.


  • Each grant professional secures an average of $4,057,106 in funding each year.


  • GPA members spend a significantly higher percentage of time on grant writing and CEO/executive director functions than non-GPA members.


  • People who do not hold the GPC (Grant Professional Certified) credential secured a significantly greater percentage of program grants than professionals who hold the GPC, while GPC respondents secured a significantly higher percentage of capital and research grants than those without the credential.


Four years of survey results (2010-2014) provide quantitative evidence of the collective power and value of grant professionals. Grant professionals enable real change in people’s lives everywhere.


You can read the full peer-reviewed article HERE. And look for the next Grant Professionals Impact Survey in August 2016!