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GPA Headquarters Has Moved!
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Preconference Voting Open
Voting is now open for the GPA Board of Directors. Learn more about the candidates and access the ballot. Voting is also open regarding the proposed amendments to the GPA Bylaws. Learn more about these changes and acess the ballot. Ballots will be accepted until September 11th at 5:00 Central.
Keynote Speaker for 2015 GPA Conference Announced!
We are proud to announce this year's keynote speaker for the GPA Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO. Meredith Knopp is the Senior Vice President of Programs and Operations for The Mission Continues.
Ah, site visits. These two words can elicit trepidation and worry, but that need not be the case. At the United Way where I work, we run a traditional citizen review process (often known as Allocations) where a program submits a grant that is read by a panel of volunteers. Then, the panel conducts a site visit before making its funding recommendations. In the course of the year, I see anywhere from 35-45 site visits. Based on that experience, I created the following list of five recommendations that I hope will help you plan your next site visit in a way that is more successful for your organization (and helps you retain some of your sanity).
I recently sat for and passed the Grant Professional Certified exam. GPCs are bound by ethics not to discuss the content of the exam, but we can certainly offer advice about how to approach the process of becoming certified. If the thought of committing the time for preparation and study is daunting, maybe the study plan I used will be helpful to you.
Recently when attending a conference, I found myself engaging in one verb more frequently than others: waiting. Waiting for airport security, waiting for the plane, waiting to get to the hotel, waiting to check in… As you can imagine, and as you’ve probably encountered with travel, the list goes on. With ease, this transfers to the work of writing and managing grants. Waiting for the RFP to open, waiting for the application, waiting for finance to get numbers back, waiting for the site visit – which leads to the ultimate waiting game, waiting for the announcement regarding funding. With so much time spent waiting, have we ever really evaluated how to well, wait? Dr. Seuss talks of the ‘Waiting Place’ in Oh, the Places You’ll Go.