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IGNITE the GPC Competencies

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 nine 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 coincides with one of the GPC competencies. The competency and speaker match up includes:
(1) Research - Pat Duboise, GPC
(2) Organizational Development - Laura Gore, GPC
(3) Program Development - Johna Rodgers, GPC
(4) Craft and Submit a Grant Application - Shelley Loethen, GPC
(5) Post Award Practices - Amanda Day, GPC
(6) Ethical Practices - Kimberly Hays de Muga, GPC
(7) Professionalism - Ericka Harney, GPC
(8) Relationships - Lisa Jackson, GPC
(9) Write a Case for Funding - Sylvia Redic, GPC

GPC Competencies Addressed:
How to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application 
Strategies for effective program and project design and development 
How to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking 
Nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grant developers
Post-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development 
Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders 
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers 


Amanda Day, GPC is a former municipal grants administrator turned consultant with 18 years' experience. She is a national trainer for Grant Writing USA and Fundraising HayDay Podcast co-host. She is currently the Vice President of the Grant Professionals Association and formerly served as President of both the Grant Professional Certification Institute and Georgia Grant Professionals Association. She's is a total book nerd and grant geek. Follow her on Twitter @wholewheatgirl & @fundinghayday.

Lisa Jackson has 38 years of experience in non-profit administration. She has a degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in psychology and has been a peer reviewer and evaluator for grant programs funded through the U. S. Department of Education and the U. S. Administration of Children, Youth, and Families. She currently holds the position of Interim Vice President of Grants for WestCare Foundation, a family of nonprofit organizations, focusing on recovery.

Johna Rodgers, GPC has worked nearly 30 years in the corporate and non-profit worlds, supporting/managing organizations of all types and sizes. A specialist in federal grants, she has secured more than $162 million for schools and educational groups since 2001. In 2013, she joined Grant Writing USA as a national trainer; and in 2015, she traded in a regular paycheck for a consulting shingle. She serves on the GPA Board of Directors and is a past GPCI board member and GPCI exam administrator.

Kimberly Hays de Muga, GPC's 20+ years as a grant professional includes raising more than $45 million for everything from NICUS and mobile food pantries to early children education. She is a Senior Consultant with Encore Non-profit Solutions and a national trainer for Grant Writing USA. She co-authored "Preparing for the GPC Exam: Earn Your Grant Professional Certified Credential." In 2018 she became a GPA Board Member, she was past Chair of the GPF and past president of the Georgia GPA.

The additional five presenters are seasoned professionals, each of whom earned their GPC. They include Pat Duboise, Laura Gore, Ericka Harney, Sylvia Redic, and Shelley Loethen. Each brings varying backgrounds and experiences to the speaker lineup.