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Grant Advocate!

When I first saw the phrase “grant advocate”, I found myself pondering the questions:
What does it mean to be an advocate for the grant professional?
Am I an advocate for the grant professional locally?


I am incredibly excited to be part of the planning, and an official partner as well, for International Grant Professionals Day and International Grant Professionals Week. Yet I had to ask myself, am I really a grant advocate (especially in my local community)? Here is what I decided.
What does it mean to be an advocate for the grant professional?
To me, being an advocate for grant professionals means to:
  • Promote ethical grant seeking, writing, and management practices
  • Promote best practices in grant seeking, writing, and management
  • Encourage new grant professionals or fundraising professionals
  • Provide support to fellow grant professionals by sharing resources
  • Bring non-grant pro colleagues into the dialogue about grant seeking and being a part of the grant team
  • Educate nonprofit professionals and others at grant seeking organizations about what a grant professional does and what our ethical and best practice standards are
Am I an advocate for the grant professional locally?
Yes! I think I am an advocate for the grant professional. I support local nonprofit professionals in seeking additional professional development through the Grant Professionals Association and even helped a local colleague with the GPC credential. I collaborate with my local United Way, a local architecture firm, and a regional accounting firm to provide free grant writing workshops each year to nonprofits from in our region to increase grant seeking capacity and understanding of our profession and best practices each year.
Nationally, I co-founded #grantchat with Jo Miller, GPC, CSMS almost three years ago in order to help create a place for professional dialogue for grant professionals. I started it in part so grant professionals who, like my local colleagues and me, are not members of a GPA chapter or who are unable to leave the office for chapter meetings can participate weekly with our colleagues around the country.

I also think being an advocate for the grant profession locally means increasing awareness of what a grant writer/grant professional is and/or does. I take great pride in being a grant professional (especially being a GPC!) and therefore will happily talk about being a grant professional and answer questions whether at a professional meeting, interacting with followers and friends on social media, or attending a local cocktail party.
How about you? Are YOU a grant advocate?
Share with us in the comments section or on social media using the hashtags #IGPD or #IGPW how you are a grant advocate!
Diane H. Leonard, GPC is the President of DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services and loves talking about #grants,#grantwriting#grantreadiness#nonprofits#1000Islands#Running, &#Coffee!



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