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Archive October 2019

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Sustaining What Exactly?

It was 2015 and I was about to co-present at an Annual GPA conference when I noticed the room kept filling with people…and more people, to the point that we were at standing room only and full capacity! Clearly, our presentation on the “sustainability question”, as posed in almost every grant application, had hit a nerve with my fellow grant professionals. Since then, my clients and I continually address the question posed by funders: “What will you do when the grant funding runs out?” However, before we can address this, we first must answer an even more pressing question: What exactly are we sustaining?

Ethics Awareness Month

GPA has joined the Association of Fundraising Professionals in recognizing October as Ethics Awareness Month. In order to increase awareness of the GPA Code of Ethics, the Ethics Committee endeavors to provide ongoing learning opportunities related to ethics in the grants profession. Recently, several questions have come to us related to the presentation of information in an ethical way. This article reflects on some of the primary questions related to information presentation for grant applications and proposals.

Data Management is Important for Everyone

When you think about the type of information you want to share with funders, what comes to mind? Are you sharing significant accomplishments about what you achieved in the past year? Are you sharing a story about a client that met a goal through your organization’s support? Or are you listing off outputs and outcomes based on a logic model that you developed? Maybe it’s all three, but the point is data is important.

A Timeline to Tell the Tale

Every program description should include implementation information, or a timeline. Not all funders ask for this specifically, so it is easily overlooked. Some do ask for a timeline or implementation plan; but, it’s not enough to give a begin and end date. Use this section of your proposal to drive home the program activities. For example, if you are writing new curriculum and training teachers on how to implement it, don’t just write: “The program will begin in July 2019 and evaluation will be done by May 2020.” While that gives definite dates, it doesn’t tell the funder what will happen between July and May.

Stop Chasing the Unicorn: Developing Real and Lasting Relationships with Grantmakers

Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away…AKA my first three to four years as a grant professional, I would cower behind my desk, pushing others such as my supervisor, board members, executive directors, ANYONE else, to get out there and connect with foundations. And in many cases, that board member to trustee connection, or that Executive Director to Executive Director coffee were excellent ways to foster meaningful connection between grant makers and grant seekers.


Leadership in Ethics

As every member of the Grant Professionals Association knows, GPA has a
Code of Ethics that each member agrees to abide by and acknowledges this every year upon renewal of their membership. What you may not know is that this has been a part of the GPA since its inception as the American Association of Grant Professionals in 1999.