IGNITE The Grant Profession - 8 Topics From 8 Successful Grant Pros

The purpose of the Ignite format is to provide attendees with relevant information on a wide variety of topics in a short amount of time. This session will include varying aspects of the grant discipline from eight engaging, experienced professionals in the field. Their backgrounds and expertise run the gamut from local government, nonprofit, and consulting to faith-based and education. Each presenter will speak five minutes on a topic that is within their wheelhouse. To date, the following topics have been selected (with three still pending):
*Great Ways to Stay Motivated
*Using Logic Models Logically
*Prospect Research and Grants - How to find and engage new funders
*My Boss Just Told Me I'm the New Grant Person - Where Do I Start?
*How Does a Development Director Think?

It is difficult to name specific learning objectives for each topic since they are so varied, but overall objectives for this workshop include:
*Educate grant professionals in the varying skills necessary to be successful in this career field.
*Educate grant professionals on the importance of continued education, professional development, and trying new things in order to stay competitive in the field.
*Share lessons learned from experienced grant professionals who have been there, done that.

Thanks to the varying content, many of the GPC competencies will be addressed, specifically this one: practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers. Each of the eight topics will provide practical pointers on how grant professionals can improve their skills.

The 2016 Ignite presentation was the first of its kind for the GPA conference, and the 2017 workshop was a smashing success based on attendance and feedback. Seven of the eight presenters are returning this year. We continue to learn about what works and what doesn't and plan to improve the format and information again this year.

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Amanda Day, GPC is a self-proclaimed book nerd, grant geek, and social butterfly. She started grant consulting after working as the Grants Administrator for the City of Alpharetta for 12 years. She was elected to the Grant Professionals Association Board of Directors in 2016. She served the Grant Professionals Certification Institute Board from 2008-2016. Amanda is employed as a trainer for Grant Writing USA. She holds a B.S. in Communications and Psychology from Southwest Baptist University. 

Johna Rodgers has worked nearly 30 years in the corporate and non-profit worlds, supporting/managing organizations of all types and sizes. A specialist in federal grant proposal development, she has secured more than $158 million to schools and educational groups since 2001. A longtime trainer for the Kentucky Department of Education, Johna also joined Grant Writing USA in 2013 as a national trainer. She became a consultant in 2015 and in 2018 was elected to the GPA Board of Directors.

Ericka Harney is an 18-year veteran of the nonprofit & education sectors, fulfilling a passion for women & girl's success along the way. She has served as an international representative for the US, raised millions for great missions & co-founded a social enterprise. She is a contributing author for industry publications & a guest on several blogs and podcasts. Ericka is sharing her knowledge & thrives on helping others at ErickaHarney.com.

Sylvia Redic, GPC, has 15 years of local government experience and currently serves as the City Manager for the City of Morrow in Georgia. Sylvia is a member of the Georgia Grant Professional Association chapter and serves as the Vice President of the Grant Professional Certification Institute. She earned a Black Belt in Six Sigma Business Processes, a graduate of the Archway Partnership, and she holds a BS in Criminal Justice and a Masters in Criminal Justice.  

Kimberly Hays de Muga, GPC, co-authored “Prepare for the GPC Exam,” and is a former Chair of the Grant Professionals Foundation and the Georgia Grant Professionals Association. With 20 years of non-profit grants/fundraising experience, she is now the Development Director at the Frazer Center in Atlanta.  Previously she was the Senior Manager for Foundation and Corporate Relations at the Atlanta Community Food Bank and senior grant writer for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation.

Jo Miller, GPC

Clay Myers Bowman

David Broussard, GPC