Feeling Alone, Want New Friends - Learn How to Start a GPA Chapter in Your Area

Description:

The Wisconsin Chapter (WiGPA) was started in fall of 2015 with 10 members and has since grown to nearly 50 members in two years. It was founded, in part, due to a need for more affordable professional development opportunities in Wisconsin specific to grants. In less than a year, the Chapter organized and offered its first fall conference featuring Dr. Bev Browning that drew in 62 attendees. Evaluation data collected from this conference was overwhelmingly positive with 97% of participants indicating they would recommend the conference to peers. The momentum has continued as the WiGPA is committed to offering two conferences annually, which average 60 participants. You might be wondering how a newly formed chapter could manage this success. During this session, WiGPA leadership will share strategies and the lessons learned so far.

Learning Objectives:
1. Demystify the process of starting a chapter
2. Strategies for finding, recruiting, and retaining members
3. How to use evaluation to increase member engagement and inform chapter activities

Benefits to the Grant Professional: Individuals will learn how to build a community of peers in their state/region that can lead to professional development opportunities, collaborations, etc. which in turn raises the level of professionalism of grant developers (GPC competency).


GPC Competencies Addressed:
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

Speaker:
Elizabeth Schaff is the Past President of the Wisconsin Chapter, having served as its first President from 2015-2017. She has been employed in the grants profession for over 15 years and currently serves as Grants Manager for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.

Joan Whitman, Ph.D., is the Vice President of the Wisconsin Chapter, having served as its first Secretary from 2015-2017. Since 2013 Joan has owned Grant Associates LLC which specializes in non-profit grant research, development, and management. For the past twenty years she has also served as an Assistant Professor of Education for Cardinal Stritch University. 

Carrie Mahlik is the President of the Wisconsin Chapter, having served as its first Vice President from 2015-2017. She has been employed in the grants profession for ten years and currently serves as Grants Specialist for Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.