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How Can Alphabet Soup Make You a Better Grants Professional?


Whether you're drafting a monster Federal application or squeezing your mission into 500 characters or less, chances are that acronyms are involved.  “FTE,” “OSHA,” “IEP,” “EIEI-O?!?” (Okay, that last one is from Old McDonald and his farm, but you get the idea.)  

So what about GPA, GPF and GPCI?  This “alphabet soup” of letters can actually spell out successful career paths, strong networks and tips and training to raise more money for the communities you serve.  The Grant Professionals Association (GPA) is the membership organization; the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) oversees the credentialing process and exam.  The Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF) raises money to provide conference and membership scholarships and promotes important research on the true impact of grant professionals.  All three organizations work together to advance your profession.
 
Here are some fun and easy ways to add your own special ingredients to an “alphabet soup” that benefits us all:
1.       Refer a colleague to GPA
2.       Give to the Every Chapter Challenge Campaign (ECC)
3.       Volunteer as a Board or Committee Member for GPA, GPCI, or GPF
4.       Bid on a Silent Auction item during the GPA Conference in St. Louis
 
Through my involvement with GPA, GPCI and GPF, I've learned a lot, shared a lot and made some wonderful friends.   I'm grateful to all the hard-working dedicated members, staff, and volunteers who make this “alphabet soup” a rich and nurturing experience.
 
Kimberly Hays de Muga, GPC
Board Chair, Grant Professionals Foundation

 

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