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What Have We Done Lately

I was reading a post from a productivity expert recently and she reminded readers that we are headed into the last quarter of 2017 and asked if we have accomplished what we set out to do earlier this year. This reminder gave me the opportunity to reflect on several achievements so far this year and what we have planned for the remainder of this year and beyond.

This year GPA has continued to invest in the future of the profession and the advancement of grant professionals. We launched our private online community GrantZone and GPA members have embraced this opportunity to connect and share your advice, expertise, and experience in a wide variety of topics. The third International Grant Professionals Day was held in March and the awareness of the impact of the profession has grown through GPA's efforts to celebrate grant professionals in every sector. The recognition of the profession and the benefits that GPA membership and professional development bring to the profession have led to continued growth in membership to over 2,500 active members and what is looking like GPA's largest conference ever with over 750 participants. As we enter the last quarter of the year, there is more being done to prepare GPA and the profession for the future.

Here are three areas where GPA is focused for the remainder of this year to prepare for the future. First, there has been a member task force developing a framework for how GPA can advocate for the profession with government at all levels. This framework will provide direction to our efforts to promote professionalism and ethical practices in every phase of the grants process from application through final reporting. This task force will present their report to the GPA Board of Directors in November. Also in November, task forces from GPA and our affiliates, Grant Professionals Certification Institute and Grant Professionals Foundation, will report on their work over the last year to address diversity and inclusion in leadership, identify ways for the organizations to show they are the authority in grants, and the development of coordinated marketing and promotion between the three organizations. Finally, the GPA Long Range Planning Committee has been developing a new strategic plan for GPA for 2018-2020. This plan will be reviewed by the GPA Board at their November meeting. Once the plan is approved, you will hear more about the plan and the activities we will pursue to make sure GPA is recognized as THE Authority in grants.

Together we have accomplished much so far this year and we are preparing to do more to promote the profession and provide more resources to you as grant professionals. Please let us know if there are ways we can continue to help you develop professionally.

Mike Chamberlain is an association executive with over 20 years of leadership experience with for profit and not-for-profit organizations, including one of the largest national medical specialty societies, an association management company and working as an independent consultant.
Mike is a Certified Association Executive. Mike has been active in several local nonprofit organizations and associations, serving on the boards of the Greater Kansas City Postal Customer Council, Kansas City Meetings Industry Council, and the Kansas City Society of Association Executives, serving as President of KCSAE in 2008-2009.
Mike is a committed professional who offers an impressive balance of being able to efficiently and effectively handle necessary day-to-day operations while still being able to focus on the strategic future for an organization.