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Amanda Day, GPC

Brief background statement including education, training and career path:
A year after graduating with a dual degree in psychology and communications from Southwest Baptist University I became the City of Morrow, GA’s first Grants Administrator. I learned on the job, reading and attending every available workshop. I am an original GPC and feel passionate about its benefits. After 14 years conducting grant research, writing, and management for the City of Morrow and later the City of Alpharetta, I moved to the role of national grant trainer and consultant in 2015.

Current professional position and description of grant-related duties:
IAs a grant consultant, I work with local governments to aid in grant research and proposal development. Through Grant Writing USA I teach two-day workshops covering 1) introductory grant writing or 2) federal grant management as affected by the OMB’s Uniform Guidance. I am on the board of the Grant Professionals Association and serve as chair of the Southern Regional Grant Conference hosted by the Georgia GPA chapter. I am also the cohost of Fundraising HayDay, a podcast about grants and such.

A statement of your vision/direction for GPA and how you see us achieving this:
To maintain its status as THE leading authority on grants, GPA must continue growing membership and chapters while maintaining quality benefits such as GrantZone, Mentor Match, and coordination with the Foundation and GPCI. To best improve the grant community as a whole, there needs to be greater communication and relationship building between the fund seekers and funding communities. GPA is the perfect organization for helping to bridge that gap through partnerships, education, and other means.

Given resource restraints, what suggestions would you make to move GPA forward?
GPA’s greatest strength lies in its members. As grant professionals, we understand resource restraints and how to think outside the box. Specific ideas are: 1) Use social media to reach and educate the masses through International Grant Professionals Day, #grantswork, and others; 2) Build the GPA Approved Trainer, Business Alliance, and similar programs to create means in which future members will learn about GPA; and 3) Continue to use the volunteer committee structure to get the job done.

Involvement in a national, fast-growing organization is extremely time-consuming. What is your availability and how much time can you devote to GPA (please be specific)?
It is my belief that the only way to improve your profession is to give back to it. I joined the GPA Board in 2017 and have dedicated 5-20 hours a month, as needed, to fulfill my obligations. As a consultant I have flexibility with my schedule, allowing me to dedicate the necessary time to the needs of GPA. As a former member of the GPCI Board, I have a long track record of board service, including time commitment.

Please disclose any relationship you have a with GPA Business Alliance partner, exhibitors at any GPA and GPA chapter conference and events, and GPA and chapter sponsors.
I first joined GPA in 2005 and since that time I have been involved in the organization in various national and local capacities. Over the past 14 years I have met numerous individuals who serve the profession and the association as a Business Alliance partner, conference exhibitor, and/or sponsor. I am not currently employed by any of these organizations or individuals. I have provided pro bono blog articles and webinar trainings in conjunction with Foundant. I served on the board of GPCI.