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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. 

One of the first priorities for the founders of the association was the development of an official code of ethics for the grant profession. [Hear directly from the GPA founders in this video clip.] The founders “felt that the organization has a large responsibility to promote ethical conduct in the profession and certainly among association members.” (Givens, R. (2003) A Professional Association: The First Five Years, Journal of the A.A.G.P., 32) This was such an important factor for the founders that the only two sessions at the first GPA Conference were on ethics, “The Credibility of Ethics” and “The Role of Ethics in the Grant Process.” They recognized then, as we all know now, that one of the distinguishing features of a true grant professional is ethical behavior in all phases of the grant process, from research and proposal development to the appropriate use of funds and accurate reporting. Unfortunately, we have all heard stories or read in the news about some individual or organization that has not followed an ethical path which reflects poorly on the profession. This is why GPA continues to promote the GPA Code of Ethics, it is why we take seriously our responsibility to enforce the code, and why we provide responses to individual questions from the public and from GPA members in GrantZone.

The Association of Fundraising Professionals has designated October Ethics Awareness Month for those in the fundraising profession. This provides a tremendous opportunity for GPA members to join their fundraising colleagues in raising the awareness of the GPA Code of Ethics and the importance of ethics in grantsmanship. During the next month, GPA will be sharing additional resources to help you and your colleagues understand the importance of the Code of Ethics, both for you personally and professionally and for your organization. 

As the world around us continues to change, one thing that remains constant for GPA members is the GPA Code of Ethics and a clear expectation of the true grant professionals to abide by its high standards. It is as important today as it was twenty years ago at the founding of the association.  


By: Laurie Anderson
On: 10/01/2019 15:38:01
I am very grateful that GPA has a Code of Ethics. I just met with a potential client who asked if I would take a percentage of an awarded grant. I told her that was against my profession's code of ethics and explained why. It means a great deal to have the force of a profession behind me, and I think I gained additional credibility in her eyes.

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