2018 Plan-a-Palooza

Join us on October 19 to set the professional development calendar for 2018. What training do you want to see in 2018? We are looking for ideas and volunteers who will help us steward our workshops next year. Lauren Daniels, GPC, will facilitate a compression planning session to help us gather and sort all your ideas for our 2018 calendar. Think about what training you need to be successful in 2018 – we’re here to serve you!

What: 2018 Plan-a-Palooza
When: Thursday, October 19 9:30-11:30 AM
Where: Flinn Foundation, 1802 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Cost: Free!
Please RSVP below


Federal Grants Training in Mesa October 16-20

Competing for Federal Grants
Mesa, Arizona
October 16-20, 2017
Do you already have experience with foundation and private grants? Here’s a great chance to learn how to secure federal awards: take the Competing for Federal Grants training course.

Helping experienced grant professionals
This interactive training is a good fit for people who already have some grant proposal experience. Write key sections of a proposal in class, review concept papers written by your peers, and learn how to plan for maximum success with future competitions.

Special follow-up care for 12 months – at no extra cost!
Follow-up support includes a proposal review, full access to the Center’s databases of foundation, corporate, and federal grantmakers (a $495 value), and more!

Tuition for this training is $1,195, but if you pay by September 4, you’ll receive our Early Bird Rate and pay only $1,095.




Stay Plugged In

plug in

Don’t miss out on great events and resources. It is important to stay in touch with the local GPA Chapter. Simply click on the “follow” button on the right side and enter your email address to receive email notifications or “like” us on Facebook at Grant Professionals Association, Arizona Chapter or “follow” us on Twitter @GPAArizona.

We hope you will join us at a future event!


We want to say congratulations to all the scholarship recipients from Arizona:

  • Angela Gordillo – GPC Scholarship
  • Michele Zacks – GPC Scholarship

Best of luck on the GPC exam!

We also look forward to seeing all of our conference scholarship recipients in San Diego!

  • Holly Craw – Conference Scholarship
  • T.J. Hansell – Conference Scholarship
  • Leanne Cardwell – Conference Scholarship
  • Laura Horochowski – Conference Scholarship

Logic Model Training Opportunity

Dr. Bev Browning, Certified Strategic Planning Facilitator, and Kim Joyce, Grant Professional Certified, (aka the Dream Team) will provide in depth insight on the usefulness of the logic model by introducing attendees to the “if…then” and “but how” logic model development processes for program planning, implementation and evaluation. The Dream Team will also share how funding decision makers use logic models to cross check information in proposal narratives and determine the feasibility of implementation success before funding decisions are made.


  • Increased knowledge of the multiple purposes of using the logic model process.
  • Increased knowledge of the bi-directional thought process for developing logic models.
  • Increased ability to use the logic model as a planning tool for proposal writing.
  • Increased ability to reduce the time on task for proposal writing when the logic model is completed first.

Fri, November 17, 2017
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona – Conference Room
4745 North 7th Street
Suite 210
Phoenix, AZ 85014

Tickets Here

What can I bring into the event?
Please come with a project idea and create a logic model during our class. Printed exercise handouts and bottled water will be provided; bring a pen/pencil. Wi-Fi access will not be available and computers are not needed.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

What’s the refund policy?
If you register and are unable to attend, no refunds will be issued. You may send another person in your place by calling Dr. Browning at 480-768-7400. If you do not have an alternate attendee, you can request a copy of the handouts via email immediately after the workshop.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?
Yes, please see the refund policy.

Is it okay if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends?

Can I pay at the door if I call Dr. Browning to make arrangements?

Job Opportunity: Part-time Grant Writer at Chrysalis



Chrysalis is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It recruits and hires without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran or disability status, sexual orientation, gender expression, or any factors prohibited by law and affirms in policy and practice to support equal opportunity in accordance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws.

Position: Grant Writer
Supervisor: Director of Finance
Job Status: Part-time non-exempt (20 hours per week)

Position Summary:
Chrysalis marketing and fund development activities are accomplished through a team approach. The Grant Writer works closely with the Chrysalis Development Team, Finance Department, Program Managers and President/CEO.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Responsible for researching grant prospects and responding to government RFP’s from local, state and federal sources for Chrysalis operating and capital needs.
• Responsible for researching grant prospects and writing applications for funding to individuals, corporations and foundations for Chrysalis operating and capital needs.
• Maintains a schedule of upcoming RFP and application requirements and deadlines.
• Must develop and maintain an up-to-date working knowledge of all Chrysalis programs.
• Assists in accomplishing strategic plan goals.
• Is an active member of the Development Team.
• May have other duties or responsibilities as assigned.
• Experience with and understanding of grant budgets preferred.

Knowledge, Ability, Experience Requirements:
The individual filling this position should have a Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications or a social service field and have a minimum of 2 years-experience writing proposals in a non-profit or business development setting or an equivalent combination of education and experience in these areas. Additional experience or degrees in other fields may be substituted. Proven strong writing credentials are required. Candidate must demonstrate their ability to analyze grant requirements, think creatively, write strategically, have excellent verbal communication and research skills, be detail-oriented, prioritize, multi-task, adhere to strict time deadlines, and be able to complete projects simultaneously when necessary. Essential computer-related skills include word processing, database management, document lay-out and navigation of various web-based grant submission applications. The ability to interact professionally and easily with donors, staff, the public and the Chrysalis Board is essential.

Other Requirements:
Must be able pass a fingerprint and background clearance as required by Chrysalis and ADHS licensure requirements; must maintain current CPR and first aid training as required by Chrysalis policies; must be able to lift at least 25 pounds, and occasionally will need to be available evenings and weekends.

Job Opportunity: Administrative Assistant with Kim Joyce & Associates


Kim Joyce & Associates is looking to add an Administrative Assistant to our team. The Administrative Assistant provides direct assistance to the CEO/Owner as well as administrative support for the day-to-day operations of the company.

Responsibilities of the Administrative Assistant include, but are not limited to:

  • Scheduling client meetings and appointments.
  • Working with clients and/or other consultants to ensure the team meets deadlines as assigned.
  • Learning our company’s organizational systems and technology for reporting and tracking client information.
  • Interacting with clients to strengthen existing relationships and ensure excellence.
  • Maintaining quality control and execution of our company’s services.
  • Maintaining the highest level of customer service and professionalism.

Administrative Assistant Professional Skills

  • Associates degree or combination of school and work experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong knowledge of computer programs and online document sharing programs (Dropbox, OneHub, etc.).
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Capable of maintaining strong client relationships.
  • Knowledge of Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Knowledge of Visio preferred.
  • Previous experience working with diverse populations.
  • Critical thinking and organizational skills are a must.

Administrative Assistant Requirements

  • Exceptional computer skills.
  • Organized with attention to detail.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Honesty
  • Desire to learn and improve.
  • Able to welcome and respond positively to editing.
  • Genuine care for client outcomes.
  • Able to work 25-30 hours per week (some work will be remote and some in-office).

Compensation: $15 per hour with room for advancement. This is a contract position.

How to apply: To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to kim@kimjoyceandassociates.com

GPA Membership Scholarships Available Now!


The Grant Professionals Foundation Fall Membership Scholarship Cycle opens today and closes on 9/30/17. This would provide a free year national and chapter scholarship to either a member or non-member of GPA!

For more information on the eligibility requirements and terms of application visit: http://www.grantprofessionalsfoundation.org/membership-scholarships/

The link to apply for the scholarship is:

All scholarships are made possible through contributions from individual donors and donations from your local chapter! Please apply and take advantage of these opportunities to further your professional growth.

Looking for application tips? Check out this post from Dr. Judy Riffle: http://www.grantprofessionalsfoundation.org/not-a-popularity-contest-winning-tips-for-gpf-scholarship-applications/

Volunteers needed!

GPA AZ Founding Chapter Board is looking for a few good MEMBERS to steward this year’s nominating process as part of the 2017 GPA AZ Nominating Committee. This committee will help recruit potential nominees for the 2018 Board Slate of Candidates and steward the overall nomination and voting process. Interested? Please email your name and contact information, along with a short paragraph about why you would be a good fit for this committee to: gpaarizonachapter@gmail.com.

You must:
Be a current GPA National and AZ Founding Chapter member
Be willing to volunteer between 5 and 10 hours per month between now and December
Be willing to attend the annual meeting on December 21, 2017
Be willing to abstain from running for a position on the 2018 Chapter Board