Scholarships are available!!

Each year, the GPA Arizona Founding Chapter funds two scholarships for our members that are administered by the Grant Professionals Foundation:

  1. GPC exam fee — Is this your year to take the test?? (Value: $539)
  2. GPA National Conference registration fee (Value: $525)

This year’s GPA National Conference will be held in Chicago from November 7-10. (Note: the scholarship covers only the registration fee, not hotel or transportation expenses.)

The deadline for both scholarship applications is June 20. Information can be found on the GPF website.

Good luck!!

ALSO, don’t forget to make sure you keep getting our messages as we transition from WordPress to GrantZone on the GPA website. All members are automatically registered in the Arizona Founding Chapter community group. You can choose to receive emails immediately or as a daily digest, whichever works best for you. Check your settings here:


The GPA Pioneer Award- Accepting Nominations!


Nominate a Grantmaker for the 2018 GPA Pioneer Award
Do you know a funder who is doing outstanding things for your community in the grants profession? Nominate them for the 2018 Pioneer Award! The GPA Pioneer Award recognizes grantmakers that have improved the way grant professionals do their work and acknowledges outstanding contributions to the field of grantsmanship. Two awards are given annually – a local award restricted to a grantmaker headquartered within the state of Illinois AND an award open to any grantmaker outside of Illinois (local, national, international). Nominations are open to members and non-members! Nominations close June 30th.

Spring Blog: Chapter Leaders Training in Kansas City

April Blog: Chapter Leaders Training in Kansas City

April marked the first annual Chapter Leaders Training Meeting hosted by GPA National. Thanks to our awesome AZ Founding Chapter membership who handled the monthly meeting logistics here at home, Arizona was well represented in KC! We were the only chapter that sent all of its board members! This proved to be advantageous throughout the training because we had an AZ board member participating in almost every break out group. With so many ideas floating around and so many chapters utilizing creative problem solving, we wanted to hear it all. We were able to interact and work with chapter leaders from all over the country. We learned there are some challenges unique to certain areas of the country and other challenges that are universal, regardless of chapter size, location or number of years in existence.

I think the key take-away was quality over quantity. While we want to focus efforts on increasing membership, we want to ensure that all members are engaged and getting the full benefit of their membership. We all took away so many new ideas and perspectives. The Board has planned a special meeting to gather our thoughts and begin implementing some of the things we learned. Our hope for the chapter is that we can provide meaningful professional development opportunities for all members, regardless of where they are in their career path.

I’d like to thank JulieAnna Carsen, Regina Kuvakos and Mara Gerst for helping facilitate the April meeting while we were in Kansas City. From the feedback on the evaluations, the information was well received and useful. Please don’t forget to RSVP for our May Meeting, please note the location change, details here:

Title: Leading a Team to Successful Proposal Development

Attendees will learn how to develop effective strategies for working with a team on proposal development, planning and running meetings.

Speaker: Robin Hoskins

Date: Thursday, May 17, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Venue: A New Leaf’s La Mesita Campus, 2245 W. Ella St. Building C, Mesa, AZ 85201

Cost: $20/members and $25/nonmembers

Hope to see you there!


Angela Gordillo, GPC

Program Chair, AZ GPA Founding Chapter

Training Opportunity MAY 4

Build your fundraising toolbox to serve the LGBTQ community


The Center for LGBTQ Philanthropy at Arizona Community Foundation invites you to expand your knowledge.

Your Fundraising Toolbox: Serving the LGBTQ Community will teach you how to build a fundraising plan for your nonprofit that addresses more than just writing grant proposals and hosting special events. Whether you have a fundraising staff of zero or ten, you will leave with new tools for moving forward into a sustainable future.


You will also hear from planned giving and nonprofit development experts, moderated by Nichole Cassidy, Director of Philanthropy at ACLU of Arizona.


Speakers include:

Michael Remedi, Senior Director of Development Leadership Giving at ASU Enterprise Partners
Judi Smith, CFRE, Director of Planned Giving at Arizona Community Foundation
Carolyn Sechler, CPA, Sechler Morgan CPAs
Carly Davis, Arts Advocate and Storyteller




  Friday, May 4, 2018

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

  Debi Bisgrove Community Philanthropy Center at ACF
2201 E. Camelback Road, Suite 405B, Phoenix
RSVP online

Thank you AZ Founding Chapter Volunteers!

To all of you who step up throughout the year and in years past to move our association forward, you are greatly appreciated. All of our events and conferences are the result of the efforts of our many volunteers!

If you are interested in getting involved and volunteering for events coming up we can always use the help!

Barbara Roberts is the person to contact and you can email her at or contact us through our:


Facebook:  Grant Professionals Association Arizona Chapter

Twitter:   @gpaarizona

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Info from GOYFF about Grant Opportunities

Information from Bob Shorgren- to see further information on this and other grants offered by the Governors Office of Youth, Faith and Family use this link:


RFGA #: AC-VSG- 18-090118- 00

Open Date: March 29, 2018

Close Date: May 10, 2018

A Request for Grant Application (RFGA) Solicitation concerning the AmeriCorps State Grant Program, RFGA No. AC-VSG- 18-090118-00has been released and is now available on the State of Arizona’s eCivis grant management system at Access to solicitation documents requires an eCivis account creation and log-in registration, free of charge to users.

The Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family invites grant applications from Arizona entities that include school districts and institutions of higher education; local, county, tribal and state government entities; public or private non-profit and/or a community or faith-based organization, including labor organizations; and partnerships and consortia (a fiscal agent must be designated).

The AmeriCorps grants support AmeriCorps members engaged in evidence-based or evidence-informed activities that extend an organization’s ability to meet critical community needs. Grant awarded organizations are responsible for the recruitment, training, supervision, and management of AmeriCorps members.

Applications will involve use of two different web-based systems, eCivis, the State of Arizona’s web-based system referenced above and an eGrants account, the Corporation for National and Community Service’s web-based system.

If you should have any questions, please contact Sarah Bean at