Jennie Miller, GPC
Brief background statement including education, training, and career path:
I have been a grant writer for more than 20 years. I have an MA in Arts Administration, where I cut my grant writing teeth at arts organizations in NYC. I moved to Phoenix in 2011 and transitioned to writing grants for health and human services organizations. I earned my GPC in 2012. I left full-time employment in May 2018 to start consulting, and this year I was honored to be invited to teach grant writing at Arizona State University’s Master's program in Nonprofit Management.
Current professional position and description of grant-related duties:
I have been consulting full-time for just over a year. The majority of tasks I have been entrusted to undertake by clients include prospect research, grant writing, and grant reporting (foundations and corporations only). As I believe that grant writers have multiple skill sets, I include program development and strategic planning in my list of services as well. I am also, as mentioned above, teaching grant writing at ASU.
A statement of your vision/direction for GPA and how you see us achieving this:
Aligned with GPA’s strategic plan, I think we could play a role in working with grantmakers so they can better serve their communities. Arguably, two of the largest funding barriers nonprofits face are the scarcity of GOS and the restrictions on how funds can be spent (e.g., no overhead). The ultimate goal would be to eliminate those barriers, but GPA can mediate other means to make the grantseeking process less onerous for nonprofits, yet give funders what they need as well.
Given resource restraints, what suggestions would you make to move GPA forward?
GPA is nothing without its members. Recruitment and retention of both members and volunteers are essential to GPA’s growth (and survival). I think that GPA’s strategic plan will help increase our name recognition, which will, in turn, attract more members. And more members means more volunteers to help us continue moving forward. To succeed, however, marketing will be the key. Fortunately, most digital communication is free, so we just need the time (and volunteers, of course).
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 have been on the board of the Arizona Founding Chapter for five of the past eight years, including president for the past two. In addition, I’m on the chapter Advisory Committee. The amount of time I’ve spent on GPA business fluctuates, as I assume it does on the national board. Fortunately, as a consultant, my schedule is flexible and I can make the time for any required tasks. Given the other demands on my time, I believe I can allocate 5-10 hours a week to GPA business.
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