June Webinar Series

GPA Arizona Founding Chapter member, Dr. Michael Lesiecki, is presenting a two part webinar series in June for GPA National on managing grants development.

Part One on June 8 focuses on Finding a Qualified Evaluator at the Proposal Stage
There are many approaches to finding a qualified evaluator – which is right for you? A modest project with a light budget may need to look locally whereas a big DoL budget may face bidding issues. In any event you often have to name an evaluator in your proposal. This webinar will point the way to quality evaluation sources and help you work with an evaluator to structure the letter of commitment and evaluation section for the proposal. A must have for today’s competitive proposals. After this webinar you will also know how to manage the evaluator relationship prior to the submission.

Part Two on June 15 focuses on Creating Dashboards for Grants Development and Management
Today the phrase “evidence–based” is king. And we are always asked to show data that supports our claims of prior work in our proposals or for accomplished objectives in our grant reports. Dashboards are the key to creating evidence-based cultures in your development office or out in your funded projects. You do not need fancy software to create a customized dashboard, excel does fine thank you. In this webinar you will learn lessons gained from industry where dashboards are the norm. Within one day of this webinar you can start your own dashboard to help track and support your development office. This webinar is full of examples that you can relate to and will help you to avoid some common dashboard pitfalls.

Did you know GPA National webinars are free for GPA members? You can watch the webinars live or access recorded webinars later through your GPA National account.

Not a GPA Member yet? Consider joining today or you can purchase individual webinars for $30

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GPC Exam & Annual Conference Scholarships Available now!

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Scholarships for the GPC Exam are now open. You have until June 20th to submit your application. For more information, please visit the Grant Professionals Foundation website: http://www.grantprofessionalsfoundation.org/gpc-scholarships-application-period-now-open/

The application is available here: https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2218&limited=1395

Scholarships for the GPA Annual Conference are also open with the same due date: June 20th.

For more information, please visit the Grant Professionals Foundation website: http://www.grantprofessionalsfoundation.org/gpa-annual-conference-scholarship-applications/

The application is available here: https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2218&limited=1361

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/

GPA Annual Conference Scholarships Available now!

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Scholarships for the GPA Annual Conference are now open. You have until June 20th to submit your application.

For more information, please visit the Grant Professionals Foundation website: http://www.grantprofessionalsfoundation.org/gpa-annual-conference-scholarship-applications/

The application is available here: https://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2218&limited=1361

The application for GPC exam scholarships will open May 16: http://www.grantprofessionalsfoundation.org/gpc-exam-scholarship-applications/

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/

Arizona GPCs featured in 31 Days of GPC

In March and in conjunction with International Grant Professionals Week, the Grant Professionals Certification Institute celebrates and highlights GPCs from across the country – http://www.grantcredential.org/why-certify/31-days-of-gpc/. This year 2 Arizona GPCs, Lauren Daniels and Heather Patel, were featured, see their messages below:

Chapter Updates from your Treasurer

head-shot-2016By Heather Patel, GPC
GPA Arizona Founding Chapter Treasurer

The Grant Professionals Association, Arizona founding Chapter is on its way to a great 2017. There are many wonderful workshops planned for the year. The board encourages you to visit our website www.gpaarizona.org, our Facebook page: Grant Professionals Association, Arizona Chapter,Twitter: @GPAArizona or join our LinkedIn group to stay abreast of new events coming up this year. Some exciting workshops include: three different funder panels including federal and foundation funders, Editing for a Single Voice with Multiple Writers, and Managing the Grant Development Process. We are also excited to host our Regional Conference, Altered States: The Next Iteration of the Grants Profession, on September 14 which promises to be packed full of great workshops. Another thrilling opportunity this year is the National Conference in November. This conference will be held in beautiful San Diego. With such a short drive to San Diego, we anticipate our chapter and state will have the most attendees ever!

To wrap up our 2016 year, attached you will find our final financial statement. A special thank you to all of our members who help the chapter maintain a healthy budget so that we may provide great opportunities for our members. These opportunities often come in the form of scholarships. In 2017, by member approval, we are offering more scholarships than ever before. Applications for scholarships are accepted by the Grant Professionals Foundation. Stay tuned for more information on how you may apply. The scholarships we are offering this year include:

1. Three $1,000 scholarships to active Arizona Founding Chapter members to attend the National Conference in San Diego;
2. One paid registration to the National Conference for any active Arizona GPA member where no chapter affiliation is required;
3. One $300 scholarship to each of our sister Arizona chapters (2) to attend our Regional Conference in September. This will enable four GPA members from around the state to attend our conference; and
4. Two GPCI scholarships to pay for the exam.

You spoke and we heard you! Last year the board conducted a member survey and the request for more transparency was heard. Therefore the board would like to share more about what they are working on throughout the year. Each month a board meeting is held and each board member provides a report on their area. These reports include: current and past business by the chapter president, a financial report, a membership report, an education report and a marketing report. These reports cover what is being worked on and what is forthcoming. Last year, one of the things the board focused on was creating job descriptions for each board position. This year, the board would like to focus on putting policies and procedures in place to help the chapter run smoothly. It is hopeful with these items in place the chapter may be able to create a succession plan to ensure the stability of the chapter for years to come.

As the Treasurer of your board, I would like to say thank you to all of our members and volunteers who help make our chapter a success. We look forward to a great year. As always, should you have any questions or comments please feel free to email the board at gpaarizonachapter@gmail.com.

No Grant Writer is an Island

maraBy Mara Gerst, GPC
GPA Arizona Founding Chapter President

Many, many years ago, when my first child became toddler age, I sought out and joined a “Mom’s Club,” a group of moms who band together for playgroups, social interaction, and a support network. A good friend was elected president and her first newsletter post was titled “No Mommy is an Island.” She talked about how vital our club was for unconditional support and that members of our club always had a support network available to them. We were a group of women who had something fundamental in common – we were all moms and going through similar challenges around the same time.

From my first GPA meeting, I was struck by how similar the core concept of the Grant Professionals Association was to my Mom’s Club. Here was a group of professionals, brought together by their career choices, seeking opportunities to network, to learn from others, to support others, and be supported. I joined GPA right after my first meeting. I was a grants office of one in a sea of fundraisers at my organization and sought like-minded individuals for advice and a sympathetic ear, because no matter how badly my husband wanted to understand, he simply didn’t get it. Over time I have discovered amazing friends and colleagues, earned my GPC credential, and struck out on my own as an independent consultant. Without GPA, I might not have attained any of these achievements that now define my professional career.

Today I am in my second year of a two-year term as your chapter president and am excited for our year ahead! Our January networking event was a success and I look forward to seeing you at our first workshop on Thursday, February 16, to learn more about funding opportunities through USDA. You can learn more about this event and register to attend at here.

As the year begins, I ask each of you to think about why you are involved with GPA, what your goals for 2017 are, and how we can help support you. We always welcome your comments and suggestions at gpaarizonachapter@gmail.com.