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Get the Most Out of a Conference – #GPAConf14

Get the Most Out of a Conference – #GPAConf14

Ways to Get the Most Out of Attending the Grant Professionals Association Conference – GPAConf14 Review the Agenda & Plan   Review the conference agenda and workshops. Find out who is presenting. If you find 2 sessions that you want to attend that are either at the same time or are similar but have different presenters do some homework and research each presenter to get to know a bit more about their perspective and experience. What does your boss, team or others need you to bring back from the conference? Once you have picked the sessions you want to attend…read more →

GPA Conference Walk Run

GPA Conference Walk Run

Don’t Forget Your Walking Shoes!  We are headed to the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) conference in a few short weeks. We are busy preparing for presentations, open houses, social media opportunities, board meetings and many events throughout our time in Portland, OR.   While I am racing around from session to session, event to event I am prone to not drinking enough water, eating too much and not sleeping enough.  I have found that I enjoy a conference AND I am able to keep up the pace when I get back home  – when I take care of myself during my travels….read more →

Grants and Social Media

Grants and Social Media

 Grants and Social Media I believe in the potential of networks, the energy of connections and the power of partnerships to change the world. I believe we can only make significant changes in our communities and our world when we build bridges from government to the citizen, from philanthropy to stakeholder, from corporations to grassroots organizations – connections that leverage our collective experiences, resources and missions to change lives and change our world. Building bridges and networks to address housing, health and environmental challenges has been at the heart of my work for the past 15 years. During that time I…read more →

Successful Grant Management

Successful Grant Management

Successful Grant Management We have been talking about the 8 competency evaluated and examined by the Grant Professional Certification Institute categories on #Grantchat. This past week we welcomed Jane Hexter, aka @GrantsChampion, as our guest on Grantchat for our 6th part in our 8 part series. Jane also covered this topic in our recent Grant Professional links ‘party’ where five GPCs wrote a series of short articles about the 8 competency categories to coincide with our weekly grantchats. Successful grant management starts long before the grant is awarded. Effective grant design, strategic planning and program development are essential elements for successful…read more →

Grant Professional Certified

Grant Professional Certified

In this our third Link Party blog, we’ll discuss the eight competencies of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (the elements upon which the exam for GPC certification are based). Click on the links in this blog for more great information from my esteemed colleagues Jana Jane Hexter, Diane Leonard, Heather Strombaugh and Mark Whitacre. You can also read our two previous Linky Party blogs here and here for more information and additional links. What Your Grant Professional Knows Could be Worth Millions! Do you engage a grant professional – staff or consultant – when you develop your strategic plan(s)? If…read more →

How to Find a Great Grant witer

How to Find a Great Grant witer

How Do I Find a Great Grant Writer?    How do I Know a Grant Writer is a True Grant Professional?  You want to hire the best grant professional you can find. You want a good return on investment and the best possible outcomes for your grant seeking efforts. How do you assess an individual’s knowledge-base, performance abilities, integrity and ethical standards as they relate to the grant development process? How do you know that they are capable of making informed decisions about relevance of funding opportunities to programming and the real needs of your constituents and your organization? You turn to…read more →

Signs You Might Need A Grant Consultant

Signs You Might Need A Grant Consultant

6 SIGNS YOU MIGHT NEED A GRANT CONSULTANT   Do you need to hire a Grant Consultant  If you are experiencing one or more of these situations you might need to hire a Grant Consultant: Denied funding No Grant Strategy Limited funding threatens organization or programs Highly competitive grants No time, No GPC Taking it to the next level   Your organization has been denied grants throughout in-house attempts. You have done your very best to secure grants. You hear from the funder that your application was denied. Telling your Board or your Mayor or – the worst – your…read more →