Laura Gore, GPC

Brief background statement including education, training and career path:
Upon stumbling into the grant profession in 2005, I found the field I love. Since then, I have worked with nonprofits in Nashville, Tennessee. My education includes a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Abilene Christian University in Texas. I am proud to be among the first cohort of grant professionals who earned the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) credential in 2007. My ongoing professional development focus is on writing skills, funder relationships, and ethical grant management.

Current professional position and description of grant-related duties:
In my role as Director of Research and Grants with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville, I am responsible for all grant-related activities, including identification of potential grant opportunities, writing and submitting, managing compliance, reporting outcomes, and nurturing funder relationships. I coordinate with all departments – construction, homeowner services, finance, and the executive team – to ensure a cohesive grant funding strategy, as well as accurate and ethical compliance.

A statement of your vision/direction for GPA and how you see us achieving this:
My vision for GPA is that we offer relevant education, support chapter leaders to promote growth, and collaborate with GPCI and GPF such that all three become stronger together. I see value in complementing standard conference content with an expanded focus on navigating grants ethics. Regularly sharing successes of thriving chapters could help others overcome challenges. Opportunities for GPA, GPCI, and GPF leadership to coordinate are valuable as we work together on behalf of the profession.

Given resource restraints, what suggestions would you make to move GPA forward?
My primary recommendation is continued evaluation and adjustments for conference workshop topics and presenters, in an effort to maintain the high quality and diversity of content that we have recently experienced, which leads to repeat conference attendance. Additionally, ongoing professional training for the GPA staff is a valuable investment of money and time so that they can continue to bring relevant ideas and technology to the organization and the overall profession.

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)?
I will participate actively in GPA meetings, committee work, conferences, and other activities as needed. Specifically, I can commit to 8 to 10 hours per month and understand that more time could be necessary for special projects. My employer is supportive of my nomination. I consider time spent on GPA matters as time well-invested for the good of our profession and for my own growth. Having served on the GPCI Board, I am familiar with the time commitments required for proper board service.