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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.

GPA Strategy Papers: Volume 1, Issue 4
By: Tim Calabrese & Amanda Mason

This paper explores the need for grant professionals to establish external benchmarks that assist organizations in assessing and monitoring the health, performance and sustainability of their grant fundraising efforts. To be most effective, these benchmarks should be commonly used and broadly accepted by grant professionals and their organizations. Benchmarks are of great interest amongst grant professionals. However, there are many challenges in developing any type of standardized measuring system. The authors, therefore, seek to explore key performance indicators (KPIs) currently in use by grant professionals across varied industry segments to determine the feasibility of establishing benchmarks for comparative purposes.

New Article - T
he Proposal Linking Strategies
By: 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. 


GPA Journal Seeking Contributions for 2015
The GPA Journal is actively seeking contributions to the 2015 edition. We rely on our members to make the Journal a viable venue for sharing information, showcasing grantsmanship skills and subject matter expertise, and compiling best practices in grants development and management. For more information click here.

Call for Applications for Strategy Paper Editors
The Strategy Papers Committee of the GPA seeks applicants for a new editing sub-committee, to begin working in January, 2015. Falling under the umbrella of the GPA Publications Committee, the Strategy Papers Committee has a committee chair who will assign each submission to an editor. The editor will work directly with the peer review manager and with the author to prepare the paper for publication within three months of each quarterly deadline. Each editor must be a strong writer, editor, team-player, and leader with the ability and desire to devote varying hours of volunteer time to this role. Three positions are available on this sub-committee. Find out more!

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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&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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