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What Lies Ahead

As I start my third year as the CEO of the Grant Professionals Association (although it hardly seems that long ago I was meeting people in Portland at my first GPA Conference), I am looking forward to the exciting initiatives and programs we have planned for GPA members in 2017. Here are just a few of them:

GrantZone - We launched our new online community platform, GrantZone, at the start of the new year. This forum for GPA members will give you the opportunity to share successes, struggles, and resources with your fellow grant professionals. Our goal is to make this an easy way for you to take advantage of the collective knowledge of the GPA membership.

IGPD - Mark your calendar now for the third annual International Grant Professionals Day on March 10, 2017. This is your day and provides an opportunity to celebrate the work that grant professionals do to provide important resources to their organizations. We will continue to expand our outreach to promote the profession and your work as grant professionals.

Representing GPA and the Grants Profession - GPA staff and leadership will be representing you and the profession at events throughout the country. This includes at the National Grant Management Association Annual Training in April and the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference in May. Let us know if there are other organizations that need to hear the message about the great work you are doing as a grant professional.

GPA Conference - The GPA Conference in San Diego will be another fantastic opportunity to be “Where the Grant People Meet” and learn from your peers and other experts in the grants profession. There will be time for you to learn, meet new people, and be with people who speak your language and understand what it means to be a grant professional. Make sure you include this event on November 8-11, 2017, in your professional development plan for the year.

Wrapped around all of this will be the work on a new strategic plan to guide GPA for the next three years. We will be seeking input from various stakeholders to make sure that GPA is focused on what is best for our members and the grants profession.

As always, we welcome your comments and thoughts on how we can serve you. You can reach us by email,, follow us on twitter at @GPANational and on our Facebook page.