Moving our communications from Wordpress to new sites, discussion boards and online communities

We are moving in a new direction involvement and engagement!

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The WordPress website will no longer be the page to go to get in the know! Evaluating the usage of this site we have determined that we need to expand our communications and community beyond the standard webpage and use the great resources provided by our National Organization as well as popular social media outlets to engage with our members and encourage new members to join us!

As of  May 31, 2018 we will no longer be posting on this website and will be transitioning to our new webpage at:

Bookmark this link!

And actively engaging with the following sites, discussion boards and communities! 

  • via email by sending us an email at and requesting to be placed on our email distribution list,​
  • by liking and following us on Facebook at Grant Professionals Association, Arizona Chapter,  ​
  • by following us on Twitter @GPAArizona, ​
  • by following us on LinkedIn (coming soon!!) and​
  • on Grant Zone. As a chapter member you will be automatically added to our Grant Zone community

May Blog- Get in the ZONE- GrantZone

May/June Blog


“Nope.  It’s not the Ozone, it’s GrantZone that makes Arizona so HOT!”

As a result of attending the Chapter Leaders training in Kansas City last month, our board is stepping up efforts to engage local members (YOU)!  Over the next several months, we will highlight new opportunities and remind you of some that are already in place – like GrantZone.

This is one of the many benefits you have as a member of the Grant Professional’s Association.  This helps you connect with other local and national grant pros.  GrantZone topics range from putting together a transition plan for your organization (should you win the lottery, or er…start your own grants consulting business), to securing your first NEA grant.  If you don’t know what NEA stands for, you can pose the question in GrantZone.  Someone will tell you.  They won’t laugh and they will tell you for FREE.

They’ll probably even provide you with detailed advice along with their email address.  Wait, there’s more!  If you happen to be a seasoned grants professional with a big heart, or you’ve won the lottery or perhaps you have more spare time now that you’ve started your own grants consulting business (haha), you can become a mentee to someone in need.  Our Arizona Founding Chapter even has its own community in GrantZone.

If you need a little more direction, have no fear!  Our board is hosting a webinar this July to help us all navigate GrantZone!  We want everyone to get the most out of their membership.  It is our hope that this and other upcoming announcements and events will accomplish that for you!  Stay tuned for the details on how to sign up for the webinar, and by all means, go try GrantZone and see what you may have been missing

If you’re not yet a member of GPA Arizona Founding Chapter, please sign up

Join us for this and many other great ways to increase your network and enhance your professional development.


Linda Snidecor

Secretary, AZ GPA Founding Chapter



Take the GPA Survey of Salaries and Benefits

News & Highlights from GPA

GPA Salary Survey
Have you ever wondered how much a grant professional gets paid and/or what benefits are offered? GPA answers these questions and many more in our GPA Survey of Salaries and Benefits. The survey results rely on your input to provide accurate and reliable data so please take the survey by April 27th to help us ensure this year’s quality! Click here to take the survey.

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IGPD 2018

Look we made the Grant News Weekly! This on-line newsletter is always full of great information. Often members are asked for input on current topics and trends. Be sure to check it out.


March Blog: Thanks & Pics- Meet the Funders III, Board Training and Social Media Updates

Thank you all for coming out to Meet the Funders III to celebrate and recognize International Grant Professionals Day 2018! A BIG THANK YOU to our presenters, Mary Thompson, Bob Shogren, Jeff Hays, and Jose Moreno and all of their organizations for the great work they do! Thanks to our facilitators too, Kim Joyce and Laurie Pierce, we couldn’t do these monthly events without volunteers like you! I will be posting pics from the event to our Facebook page.

Next month we will be hosting Research Metrics: Say What? How to Qualify Your Meaning on April 19. Stay tuned for details!

At that time the AZ Founding Chapter Board members will be traveling to Kansas City, April 19-20, to participate in the first annual Chapter Leaders Training Meeting. The role of chapters is so important that part of the new strategic plan for GPA includes a commitment to strengthen them through the development of online resources, the hiring of a full time Chapter Relations Manager, the network of volunteer Regional Representatives, and now with the implementation of the first annual Chapter Leaders Training meeting in April 2018.  What this means for you as a grant professional and chapter leader is that you will see GPA initiating ongoing leadership development for our chapters that is designed to enhance members’ expertise and careersGPA covers a large portion of the costs of the event.

The training will cover

The lifecycle of Member Engagement – how to effectively communicate your message, engage others in your mission and develop your fellow leaders

 Working your Plan – whether your chapter has a robust operating plan or not, we’ll cover best practices for communication, planning and event management so you can plan for success

Peer to Peer Problem Solving – We’ll get interactive and let you bring your burning questions to the table and do some small group idea storming

We are very excited about attending this training and using what we learn to continue to grow, engage and provide resources and opportunities for our chapter members!

On another note, keep checking our website, Facebook and Twitter for updates, job postings, events and other resources as we are moving forward with enhancing our social media presence! We look forward to seeing your comments and feedback!!

Have a wonderful Spring!

Best Regards,

Kristen Krey

Marketing Officer, AZ GPA Founding Chapter




2017 Scholarship Recipients

Read these great blogs from the 2017 Scholarship recipients!

Grant Expectations

San Diego and “Baby Got Grants”
By TJ Hansell
2017 Arizona Founding Chapter Scholarship

First-time GPA conference attendee TJ Hansell reflects on his experience in San Diego and recollects the awesome conference kick off performance. Don’t miss his blog!

Helping a Beginner Get Off to a Good Start
By Jane Gowan
2017 Nora Stombaugh Memorial Scholarship

Jane has a strong history as a fundraiser, but is relatively new to grant writing exclusively. Read her blog to see how receiving a scholarship to the GPA conference has helped better prepare her for this new role.


February Blog & News for our Members!

Your 2018 GPA Arizona founding Chapter Board is in full swing and ready to work. During this month’s board meeting we discussed a variety of things. Check it out!

Scholarships are now available through the Grant Professionals Foundation. Check them out at

Coming soon will be scholarships from our chapter for our chapter members. These scholarships include a GPCI scholarship and the Jerry Dillehay Scholarship to attend the National Conference in November. This year we are in Chicago!

We also spoke about the upcoming Grant Professionals Day #IGPD which is March 9th. There are some great materials and information to be found on the national website at Spread the word!

Because of Grant Professionals Day #IGPD, our chapter is hosting a Meet the Funders Panel during our next workshop on March 15. Check out our website for details and how to register for this free event.

The board is thrilled to serve and looks forward to hearing from its members on how we can serve you better. We will be attending training in Kansas City offered  by the national office and we are finalizing our chapter policy and procedures handbook. If you would like to speak with any board member, please email us at

In closing, we are beginning the process of planning for another fabulous regional conference in 2019. If you are interested in joining the planning committee, please email us at

Thank you,

Heather Patel, GPCI

Chapter Treasurer


A Message from Jennie Miller – New President of AZ Founding Chapter GPA

Happy New Year, GPA!

Our 2018 board is up and running! If you recall, after the new board was sworn in during December’s Annual Meeting, there were a couple of vacancies – Vice President (because I stepped up to President) and Marketing Chair. I am proud to announce that we now have a full board:

President – Jennie Miller

Vice President – Barbara Roberts

Secretary – Linda Snidecor

Treasurer – Heather Patel

Marketing Chair – Kristen Krey

Membership Chair – Denise Flynn

Program Chair – Angela Gordillo

Last week we held a transition meeting so our outgoing board members could orient our incoming board members to their new roles. We then called our first board meeting to order. One thing we talked about was instituting monthly posts on our website (and in your inbox) from a board member. We can update you on what we’re discussing in our board meetings, and it may help you get to know us better.

I’d also like to invite anyone interested in becoming more involved in the Chapter to get in touch with us. Maybe you’d like to join a committee or want to help out at a workshop. Maybe you’re considering running for the board in the future and want to learn more about it. Maybe you’d like to participate more, but don’t know how. If any of the above apply to you, or if you have any questions in general, please email us at

In the meantime, I hope you have February 15 marked on your calendar for our first workshop of 2018 which will be about preparing for the GPC exam. Keep your eyes on your email for more details. I’ll see you there!

Wishing you all a healthy and grant-filled New Year,






2018 A New Year and New Opportunity!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to attend great events and find resources with your 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!

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:

Reminder June Training~


Event TitleIt’s All About the Numbers – Why Budgets and Financial Statements Matter

Date&Time: Thursday, June 21st – 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Location: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona: 4745 N. 7th Street., Phoenix, AZ 85014

Speakers / Presenters:
Ashley Anderson, Lead Philanthropic Advisor, Competitive Grants
Arizona Community Foundation

Brenda A. Blunt, CPA, CGMA, Tax Partner
Eide Bailly LLP

Kim Joyce, GPC
President and CEO
Kim Joyce & Associates

This session will give grant professionals an increased understanding of financial statements and grant budgets from a CPA, local funder, and a veteran grant writer’s perspective. Grant professionals will gain a basic understanding of the role financial statements and budgets play in grant submissions and what can make or break a grant proposal.

Cost: $10 – Members
$25 – Non-members

HonorHealth Foundation is Hiring



Associate Vice President Grants & Contracts

HonorHealth Foundation

Scottsdale, AZ



HonorHealth is a non-profit, local healthcare organization known for community service and outstanding medical quality. HonorHealth encompasses five acute care hospitals with approximately 11,500 employees and 4,500 volunteers, over 70 primary and specialty care practices, clinical research, medical education, an inpatient rehabilitation hospital, an Accountable Care Organization, two foundations, and extensive community services.

HonorHealth is a leader in medical innovation, talent and technology with a genuine commitment to your growth. The health system’s vibrant careers take place in an environment filled with opportunity and respect because we see the HONOR in you.



Bachelor’s Degree with emphasis on human service, community development, business or related field Required

3 years non-profit healthcare and/or human service experience in grant writing, program development and grant prospect research Required
Job Summary
The Associate Vice President Grants and Contracts serves as a key team member and is accountable for an assigned share of the Foundation’s annual fund raising goal. Responsibilities include development of strong relationships with federal, state, city, corporate and private foundations and staff to secure annual and capital gifts. This requires accuracy, thoroughness and completeness of data in the grants and contracts and well as Foundation database. Duties and responsibilities include assessment of needs, grant prospect research, grant writing and submission under the direction of the Vice President of Grants and Contracts.
Under the direction of the Vice President Grants and Contracts assists with the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of grants from corporations, foundations and government entities. Is responsible for writing and coordinating proposals needed to meet financial goals. Is accountable for their assigned share of the Foundation’s annual fund raising goals.

As needed assists others with grant writing and prospect research activities. Assists in setting goals and objectives. Participates in strategic planning including the design and implementation of targeted grants efforts.

Partners with other HonorHealth leaders in the identification of funding needs and secures appropriate philanthropic support for HonorHealth strategic initiatives. Educates others on philanthropic opportunities and identifies potential funding sources. Prepared recommendations for consideration by Foundation management. Conducts and documents research profiles for corporate and government entities. Tracks, analysis and reports relevant Grant and Contract management performance and compliance data. Manages and compiles with requirements associated with receiving grant funding or contracts in partnership with other staff members and Finance and Account personnel.

Other responsibilities include maintaining professional membership in professional societies, working collaboratively with other staff to develop strategies and produce results. Maintaining an active, current body of knowledge about HonorHealth needs and the most efficient methods for professional Grants and Research Management.

Performing other duties as assigned or requested

Apply online at, or contact
It is the policy of HonorHealth to provide equal opportunity in employment. Selection and employment of applicants will be made on the basis of their qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


Southwest Human Development is Hiring

Southwest Human Development • 2850 N. 24th Street • Phoenix, Arizona 85008 • (602) 266-5976 •

We are seeking a Grants Specialist for corporate and foundation grants.

Working in collaboration with the grants manager, the development team, program staff and others, the Grants Specialist:

  • Researches grant opportunities relevant to program needs
  • Conducts research with key stakeholders to verify grant matches and recommend action
  • Prepares and writes grant applications, using information provided by program staff, in accordance with requirements of funder
  • Submits grant applications and tracks status
  • Prepares grant reports using information gathered from program staff
  • Organizes all relevant contact information, boilerplate language, data and funder information in centralized files for future reference.


Position is offered full-time (flexible 30 or 40 hours per week depending on experience, level of skill, level of capacity for high volume work plan, etc.) with a salary range of about $35,000 per year, and an excellent benefits package (visit for a detailed list). Job location is in central Phoenix. Work environment is open space, in an organization with the resources to ensure maximum success. Southwest Human Development is an equal opportunity employer.




Bachelor’s degree; previous nonprofit grant writing and prospect research experience; strong writing, proofreading, communication and analytical skills; proficiency in Microsoft Office; and experience with grants research databases and donor databases (e-Tapestry preferred). Valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card OR must qualify for a valid Arizona Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card.


TO INQUIRE:   Lisa Olivas-Cook, Grants Manager

602-633-8178 /


To apply:       Online at

Job Code: 09-5206, posted 5/1/18


Please provide a resume with salary history, and a cover letter describing what has inspired you to apply for the position, and specifying how your education, experience, and unique talents, skills and abilities align with the qualifications specified above.


Deadline: Applications accepted until position is filled.


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.

Reminder- May 17 AZ GPA Training

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.


A New Leaf’s La Mesita Campus

Address: 2245 W. Ella St. Building C

Mesa, AZ 85201

Directions: Located north of Main St. Just west of Dobson. The easiest way to access La Mesita from either the US 60 or L-202 is to take the Dobson Road exit to First St. (north of Main/south of University).  At the end of First St., turn left on May and then a quick right on Ella. The campus with parking lot will be on the left after passing some residential houses.


Cost: $20/members and $25/nonmembers (1)