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Archive July 2018

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Site Visits, Panel Presentations, and Funder Phone Calls...Oh, My

Disclaimer: I have two young children, so my movie watching these days tends to be animated or introducing them to some of my childhood classics.
One of my favorite movies growing up was the Wizard of Oz. It was just scary enough to make my sister and I squeal when the Wicked Witch of the West would appear, but we loved the happy ending and all of the songs. And one of our favorite lines that we used to torment our parents? “Lions, and tigers, and bears…Oh, My!”


Membership Matters! - What's the Value?

For 20 years, GPA has helped grant professionals take advantage of learning opportunities and connections in the grants profession. Whether you want to establish a networking base, make a difference in your community, continue your education, embark on a new career or become a mentor/mentee, GPA offers a wide variety of opportunities. Membership is important to the health and growth of our profession. The following are just some examples how GPA will benefit you as a member.

Keep Calm and Carry On

Several years ago, I was working on a complex $1 million proposal to a large national grant maker. As the due date approached, I was astonished to see that my gas mileage had dropped by more than 15%. Since my dashboard displays real-time and cumulative gas mileage, the evidence was literally staring me in the face. It didn’t take long to connect the dots. The stress I was feeling about the proposal was causing me to drive faster than usual! 

When Your Get-Up-and-Go Just Got Up and Went: Strategies for Productivity

Sometimes, I just don’t have it in me. And I am sure that happens to you sometimes, too. I love what I do, but there are times when the work comes harder than usual. Here are a few simple ways that I push, pull, or prod myself into getting the job done.

The Value of Low-Tech Tools in the Digital Age

According to a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, our daily consumption of information has reached a level equivalent to 174 newspapers every day, a dramatic increase from 30 years ago. It is no wonder, then, that we seek tools to effectively organize and retain this information and to increase efficiency.  No one can deny the contribution that technology has made to the efficiency and effectiveness of the grants profession (could we even survive without Excel?!). But let’s not forget the sometimes subtle value that lower-tech tools can bring to our work, even in the digital age.