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Next Level Grant Training

To help advance your grant career in 2020, GPA has arranged an exciting new training program named “Next-Level Grant Training.”

Designed with your busy schedule and experience in mind, we’re offering live online training that features:

  • One monthly class - the same day and time each month - for 12 months. (2nd Wednesday at 10:00 Central/11:00 Eastern)
  • One-hour sessions including Q&A.
  • Online-archived class content for later reference.
  • A constant cohort of participants, led by Grant Professional Certified - and GPA-approved trainers - Cyndi MacKenzie and Scot Scala.
 
The series will include relevant micro and macro topics. Each session will reinforce the GPA Code of Ethics and related GPC Competencies. You can earn up to 12 CEUs, too!
 
At $199 for member – $249 for others – and not per class, but for the series, you have everything to gain. It’s content, calendar, and colleague-friendly, and there’s no travel required! How easy is that?



Your all-series presenters will be Scot Scala and Cyndi MacKenzie. Both are Grant Professional Certified and GPA Approved Trainers.



Cyndi MacKenzie, a Grant Professional Certified and GPA Approved Trainer, has won over $30 million dollars in resources for her clients. For thirteen years in this field, Cyndi provides a full range of grant professional services to non-profits of all sizes with board development, strategic planning, grant writing, grant management, and post-award consultation. 








Scot Scala, GPC, M.Ed., and GPA Approved Trainer, has been a fund development professional his entire career.  He is President and Senior Consultant of Scala & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in providing services to nonprofit organizations.



 
SESSION TOPICS
Date Presenter Session Title Content Ethics GPCI Competencies
Feb 12 Scot Think Like a CEO and Lead your Grant Professionals Career Learn how to consistently engage in strategic high-level activities that develop and advance how you think, work, and approach your grants profession as a whole, whether you’re employed as a consultant or in a nonprofit agency.  Understand the habits that a grant professional can utilize to improve their level of success in the sector;  Understand the branding, leadership, and communication habits of CEO’s and leading nonprofit and grant professionals; Understand the types of personal development that offer grant professionals growth opportunities and advances the grants profession. Knowledge of organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
 
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers
March 11 Scot Develop the Board to be your Top Grant Support Team Understand the principles necessary to effectively recruit, train, and work with board members to create a culture of philanthropy for the nonprofit organization that encourages a successful grants process.   Practice their profession with the highest sense of integrity, honesty, and truthfulness to maintain and broaden public confidence Knowledge of organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
April 8 Cyndi Create a Roadmap for Your Organization
  • Understand the importance and use of strategic plans
  • Discuss who should be part of this important process
  • Learn how to create and implement a strategic plan with specific goals, objectives and outcomes
Continually improve their professional knowledge and skills Knowledge of organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking
May 20 Cyndi Identify Resources that are the Right Fit Topics to Include:
  • Learn where to find grants and how to align the strategic plan to your search
  •  Understand information on 990’s and how to decide whether each funder is the right resource for your long-range goals
  • Utilize decision making models and tools
Ensure that funds are solicited according to program guidelines Knowledge of how to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs
June 10 Cyndi Developing and Managing a Collaborative Application Process Topics to Include:
  • Discuss why the trend of collaborative grant applications are a winnable strategy
  • Learn who should be at the table, how to set ground rules
  • Discuss the pros and cons to collaboration
  • Utilize tools to organize the process to reduce challenges and increase successes
  • Review a case study
Foster cultural diversity and pluralistic values and treat all people with dignity and respect; Become leaders and role models in the field of grantsmanship; Ensure that funds are solicited according to program guidelines; Value the privacy, freedom, choice and interests of all those affected by their actions Knowledge of nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grant professionals; Knowledge of strategies for effective program and project design and development
July 8 Cyndi Aspects of the Proposal- Outlines, Data, Programs and more Topics to Include:
  • Review the basic components and “typical outline” of an application
  • Review where to get data for your community needs with tools and interview techniques
  • Discuss the use of evidence-based programs and policies for implementation
Ensure that funds are solicited according to program guidelines; Practice their profession with the highest sense of integrity, honesty, and truthfulness to maintain and broaden public confidence; Adhere to all applicable laws and regulations in all aspects of grantsmanship Knowledge of how to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application;
August 12 Scot ETHICS- In All Things Grants  
 
Review the Ethics Code of Conduct and discuss how Ethics is in every aspect of the grant life cycle and in all we do as grant professionals. 
 
Topics to Include:
  • GPA Member ‘Oath’
  • Client Choice
  • Contract
  • Confidentiality
  • Compensation
  • Standards of Professional Practices
Adhere to all applicable laws and regulations in all aspects of grantsmanship; Members shall take care to ensure that grants are used in accordance with the grant's intent; Members shall take care to ensure that all solicitation materials are accurate and correctly reflect the organization's mission and use of solicited funds Knowledge of nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grant developers
 
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers
September 9 Scot Preparation is Everything...
How to Demonstrate Program Impact in Grant Reporting
Topics to Include:
  • Staying mission & vision focused
  • How the grant professional can work collaboratively with programming
  • The importance of measuring program outcomes
  • The process of measuring program outcomes
  • S.M.A.R.T. outcome objectives (‘model’)
Ensure that funds are solicited according to program guidelines; Practice their profession with the highest sense of integrity, honesty, and truthfulness to maintain and broaden public confidence; Members shall not be associated directly or indirectly with any service, product, individuals, or organizations in a way that they know is misleading. Knowledge of strategies for effective program and project design and development
 
Knowledge of how to craft, construct, and submit an effective grant application
October 14 Cyndi Budgets- Why Not Create Them First? Topics to Include:
  • Learn the importance of a solid budget
  • Let your budget shape your narrative
  • Understand allowable costs under the Office of Management & Budgets (OMB)
  • Review different budget formats,
  • Track Volunteer Time
  • Discuss appropriate policies and procedures for financial management
Ensure that funds are solicited according to program guidelines; Members shall take care to ensure that grants are used in accordance with the grant's intent; Members shall use accurate and consistent accounting methods that conform to the appropriate guidelines adopted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for the type of organization involved Knowledge of nationally recognized standards of ethical practice by grants professionals
November 11 Cyndi You Won- Now What? Topics to Include:
  • Begin to understand the complex aspect of managing grants and the importance of accurate program and financial reporting.
  • Understand that relationships within the finance department and with the funders DO matter!
  • Know that Grant Professionals are leaders, but also need to be part of a team
  • Learn the importance of tracking time, mileage, keeping records, attaching receipts, etc.
Promote positive relationships between grant professionals and their stakeholders; Members shall take care to ensure proper use of funds, including timely reports on the use and management of such funds Knowledge of post-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development
December
9
Cyndi Policies and Procedures – Reduce your Risk Topics to Include:
  • Review why compliance is necessary to reduce your risk throughout the grant cycle
  • Discuss Procurement, Conflict of Interest, Financial, and Indirect policies and procedures- all are required as part of Office of Management & Budget regulations
Adhere to all applicable laws and regulations in all aspects of grantsmanship; Members shall use accurate and consistent accounting methods that conform to the appropriate guidelines adopted by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for the type of organization involved. Knowledge of post-award grant management practices sufficient to inform effective grant design and development
 
 
 
January
13
Scot Stewardship- It's all about Relationships: Building Trust Topics to Include:
  • Where to find Corporate Giving
  • Programs, Community and Top Giving Foundations who are interested in your mission
  • Understanding the importance and value of 990’s and what you can learn from them
  • How to foster the relationship and keep the funder engaged
  • How to steward the funds once you receive them
  • Why the relationship matters for other initiatives
  • What to do when there are staff changes or mission changes
Promote positive relationships between grant professionals and their stakeholders Knowledge of methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders