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Volunteers Needed!
GPA is needing the help of our members to fill open positions on our committees, task forces, and Special Interest Group Chairs. Click here to learn more about the open positions and how to volunteer.

The Wait is Over! GrantZone Community Launched!
GrantZone is the new community for members of GPA and one of the most powerful member benefits in GPA history. It is your connection to an incredible resource – over 2,000 of your colleagues who share your challenges and successes. We hope you will find it to be a place where you can ask advice, share your experiences (and resources) and build relationships from the convenience of your computer or mobile device. And you can access the community and all of its collective knowledge 24/7. We encourage you to login to GrantZone
Note: Your email address and password are the same you use for the GPA website.

2017 Call for Presenters is Now Open!
GPA would like to invite you to submit a proposal to be considered to present at the 2017 GPA Annual Conference, November 8-11, 2017 in San Diego, CA. Our Call for Presenters is open now through February 15th, 2017. To learn more about our requirements and to submit a proposal click here.

The 2017 Winning Grant Proposal Competition is now open!
Have you been awarded a grant in the last year? Are you looking for recognition and acknowledgment of your work? Have you created a proposal with a compelling narrative; a strong, workable plan ready to implement; and a succinct, complete, and engaging executive summary? Enter today and share your success with the grantseeking world! Enter by January 31, 2017. Winners will be announced in March.

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  • Strategic Planning: Don't Make It a New Year's Resolution, Make it Part of Your Business Plan

    • Thursday, January 12, 2017
    • Cyndi MacKenzie

    According to the University of Scranton Journal of Clinical Psychology, 38% of Americans never make New Year's resolutions and of the 45% who usually do make them, only 8% of them are successful in achieving their resolution. I must admit that I am one of those people who has never seen much value in waiting until midnight on December 31st to announce plans for a behavior or professional change that needed to be made much sooner. How about you?  

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  • Using Management Plans to Your Competitive Advantage

    • Tuesday, January 10, 2017
    • Heather Stombaugh

    “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” -Benjamin Franklin   I started writing this article by looking for statistics on the number of nonprofits with a strategic, marketing, communications, development, human resources (you name it because this could go on forever) plan. Some anecdotal evidence suggests less than 50% have a strategic plan, and even fewer have any other formal written plans for other areas of nonprofit management.

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  • Headache Relief for Novice Writers: Tips for Thoughtful Grant Planning

    • Tuesday, January 3, 2017
    • Stephanie Caffee

    “Just read over this and make it happen,” the grant writer nonchalantly stated as he placed the 80&page program narrative into my hands on my first day of work. There was no training manual, knowledge of the Grants Professional Association or LinkedIn discussion group to assist me as the new program director. The classic English proverb proved true, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” The need to implement a complex grant led me to learn firsthand the necessary components of a well&written grant that is attractive to funders and simple for grant management staff to implement.

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