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GPA Hires New CEO, Mike Chamberlain
GPA's new CEO, Mike Chamberlain, joined the Grant Professionals Association on January 1, 2015. He is an association executive with over 20 years of leadership experience with for profit and not for profit organizations. Find out more about Mike by clicking on the link.


New Strategy Paper - Measuring Value: Beyone ROI - the True Grant Professionals' Worth
By: Danny Blitch, MPA, GPCI & David Broussard, GPC

Grant professionals do more than fill out forms and write grammatically correct sentences. Grant professionals are fundraisers, prospect researchers, project developers, accountants/auditors, stewardship officers, credentialed experts, and organizational leaders. The Blitch-Broussard ROI Calculator (ROI Calculator) determines the true value grant professionals bring to organizations by quantifying their multi-faceted work. The ROI Calculator is a starting point for the grant professional who should also consider the specific circumstances of their organization and their own unique skills in the final ROI analysis.


2015 GPA Annual Conference Call for Presenters!

The Call for Presenters for the 2015 GPA Annual Conference is now open. If you are interested in presenting a workshop for the 2015 Annual Conference, submissons will be accepted only through the online application. The GPA Annual Conference is November 11-14, 2015 in St. Louis, MO at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 5:00 Central.

New Article - The Best Thing I Did in 2014
By: Bill Brooks, CFRE, GPC

Now that 2014 is in the rearview mirror, it's time for a little reflection. What's the best thing you did last year, either personally or professionally? I asked that question to several experts in the grant writing field, and included their thoughts in this article.
 

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  • The Proposal Linking Strategies

    • Thursday, December 11, 2014
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    Author: Mark Whitacre When responding to a grant opportunity (a Request for Proposals (RFP), Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), etc.) we can get caught up in responding to every RFP requirement that we can lose sight of linking the elements together to tell a compelling story. It can be like Santa checking his list twice and forgetting to hitch up the reindeer to deliver presents. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Cambria","serif";}

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  • The Importance of Project Management as Grant Professionals

    • Thursday, December 11, 2014
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    By Rachel Werner, MPA, GPC, PMP If you sat down and calculated the number of hours you spent doing actual grant-related work, whether it be writing, prospect research, drafting a report, what would your answer be? Two hours? Four? Whatever the answer is, I would find it hard to believe that the amount exceeded 30 hours of the average 40-hour work week. Yet people still believe that all grant writers do is write grants. I want to renounce the notion that this is the case, as I would say that 100% of us, whether you are a grant writer, grant manager, researcher or program officer, are all project managers. I think that it&#x26;amp;rsquo;s important for us to view ourselves as project managers, especially as the grant field continues to grow and evolve. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}

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