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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

GPA Webinar - Using Arguments To Improve Your Grant Application

Date(s): September 18, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM  CST - 2:00 PM  CST

Webinar Description: 

Imagine your average grant reviewer with a pile of papers on the desk and a full inbox. After putting out the emergencies of the day, the reviewer sits down to read a pile of applications, most of which sound very similar while some make no sense at all. The reviewer feels for the people these grants want to help but has no feel for the extent of the problems they discuss or if the proposed plan will work.

Want your application to stand out from the pile (for good reasons)? You’ve heard you should tell a good story, but is a story enough? NO!

A story by itself does not provide enough information to warrant a grantor’s investment. You need to justify the need and solutions outlined in your story. That’s where arguments come in. Want your reviewers to finish reading the application without any questions about the worth and value of your project and proposal? Use arguments – with good data and claims! When done correctly, arguments provide all of the information that a reviewer needs to understand your need, your plan to meet that need, and why your approach will work to solve that need.

As a result of this program, attendees will learn how to craft and construct an effective grant application by understanding (1) how and why to use complete arguments in your application; (2) argument fallacies to avoid; and (3) common sources of the data you need to make a good argument.


Linda has more than 30 years of grant development experience – 8 as a consultant. During that time, she has written more than 1,000 grant applications, raising more than $22 million. A self-professed data geek, Linda blends artful storytelling with data-based logical arguments in her grant applications to appeal to both the readers’ logical and emotional sides with great success. With a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication and rhetoric and years of debate training, she approaches grant applications with an eye for successful argumentation. As such, she brings both the academic foundation and real-world experiences to provide practical advice that attendees can immediately implement in their next grant applications to make them more compelling and clearer.

Skill Level:
Advanced Career

Learning Track: 
Proposal Development/Communication Skills

GPC Competencies:
HOw to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application

CFRE & GPC Credits:
This webinar has been approved for one point towards the CFRE credential and one CEU towards the GPC credential.

KY Chapter Meeting: Grant Prospect Research & On-line Dating – They’re Not So Different After All Webinar

Date(s): September 18, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM  EST - 1:00 PM  EST

This quarter's virtual webinar is Grant Prospect Research & On-line Dating – They’re Not So Different After All. In this one-hour webinar trainers Amanda Day, GPC and Kimberly Hays de Muga, GPC will share free and paid resources for grant research and focus on the importance of finding the right fit (funder and grant program) before you ever write the first proposal while comparing it to stages of dating. 

The webinar is free for Kentucky Chapter members and $10 for non-members. 

Attendance at this meeting qualifies for one point for CFREs and GPCs


Utah GPA Chapter -Brown Bag: Measuring Intangibles

Date(s): September 18, 2019

Time: 11:30 AM  MST - 1:00 PM  MST

A major priority for grantors is knowing that their funding is making a difference. While some outcomes are easy to count and quantify, others are not. For example, how do you show that people had a change in attitude or perspective due to a grant program? Bring a lunch and join us for an informal discussion on September 18, where we'll talk about how to measure intangibles. The event is free to all.  

Nebraska GPA Chapter - GPA Funder Panel

Date(s): September 18, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM  CST - 4:30 PM  CST

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Join the Nebraska Chapter of the Grant Professionals Association for our annual Funder Panel. 

Representatives from Bank of the West, the Sherwood Foundation, Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, and United Way of the Midlands will join us for an informal conversation about the current state of fundraising in our community.

Bring your questions! We'll leave time for Q&A at the end.

Hope to see you there!

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