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10 Key Facets of a Winning Letter of Support
Author: Phil Johncock, GPC

Letters of support can make or break your job interview, loan application or grant proposal. What goes into an ideal letter of support?
10_Key_Facets_of_a_Winning_Letter_of_Support.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

31 Days of GPC
Author: Amanda Day, GPC
Published: February 24, 2015
31 Days of GPC - Amanda Day.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

A Day in the Life of a Home Care Grants Officer
Author: Monica Simon
A Day in the Life 2015 - Monica Simon.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Adjusting Grant Best Practices Based on Technology and Social Media
Author: Diane Leonard, GPC

The grant field continues to evolve as a result of the increased utilization and dependence on technology in the workplace. When I started as a Program Officer at the Michigan Women’s Foundation ( in 2002, foundations were just beginning to consider the idea of online applications as an alternative to having potential grantees send in 10 or more copies of their proposal and attachments. The amount of recycling that was generated from our office was staggering.
Adjusting Grant Best Practices with Changes in Social Media - Diane Leonard.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Advice to Young Fundraisers
Author: Teri Blandon, GPC

After deciding to move to another job, I was cleaning out ten years’ worth of files when I
came across an old email I had written in 2005. At the time, I had been interviewed by
the Chronicle of Philanthropy for an article on managing fundraisers who were new to
the profession, and the reporter had asked me to provide some thoughts on what advice I would give to people who were just starting out.
Advice_to_Young_Fundraisers_-_Teri_Blandon.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

America's Largest Donor
Author: Mark D. McIntyre and Steve Pattie
Article Published by AFP's Advancing Philanthropy

If you have ever applied for a federal grant, perhaps you’ve experienced the same feeling—with some sweat and tears thrown in for good measure.
Why, then, do otherwise sane fundraising
professionals go through the sometimes agonizing federal grants process? Because it’s worth it.
America's Largest Donor by McIntyre Pattie Summer Issue AFP 2013.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Beyond Professional Development: Reaping What We Sow
Author: Heather Stombaugh, MBA, GPC
Published: August 12, 2014

This year, we've talked a lot about investing in professional development.

But professional development is more than just inward facing, I think. It's not just about the list of activities that make me a better writer or professional. Professional development is also about serving as a mentor to new grant writers or training nonprofit professionals to become better grant seekers. Mentoring and training are our legacies, but through these interactions we often also become the students.
Beyond Professional Development-Reaping What We Sow - Heather Stombaugh.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Business Grants for Women
By: Author Unknown

I started researching business grants for women when I decided to start a small home based business in late 2008. I wasn’t sure how long it would take me to create a steady income so I wanted to know what my options were.

Business Grants for Women.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Can Anyone Become a Grant Writer?
October 6, 2011
By: Alyssa Hanada, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

Most people I know who are in the grant writing profession sort of fell into it. They may have worked in development and it became part of their role. They may have worked at a
small nonprofit and were forced to learn it. Or like me, they were exploring options that
would combine writing and “doing good” and discovered the magic of grant
Can_Anyone_Become_A_Grant_Writer_-_Alyssa_Hanada.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Capital Grants are Different: 5 Ways to Secure More Money for your Capital Needs
Author: Heather Stombaugh, GPC
Published by CharityChannel Press on May 28, 2014
Capital Grants are Different 5 Ways to Secure More for your Capital Needs - Heather Stombaugh.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Celebrating Grant Professionals
Author: Charlisa Garg
Published: February 3, 2015
Celebrating Grant Professionals - Charlisa Garg.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Creating a General Grant Proposal Template
May 4, 2011
By: Alyssa Hanada, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

As grant writers, it would be quite inefficient if we started from scratch every time we
developed a new proposal. Creating a general template for each program that you’ll be applying for saves both time and resources.
Creating_a_General_Grant_Proposal_Template - Alyssa Hanada.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Do You Continue to Write When An Application Doesn't "Feel Right"?
March 7, 2012
By: Diane H. Leonard, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

Many of us know the feeling. You are working diligently to draft a narrative, yet you are struggling to find the right words for the program description, to outline the goals and objectives, or to explain how the program will be evaluated.
Do_You_Continue_to_Write_When_An_Application_Diane Leonard.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Editing and the Grant Professional
April 22, 2014
By: David Lindeman, CFRE, GPC

Last month, I indulged my inner “word nerd” and attended the American Copy Editors Society annual conference—an event known for spelling bees and “spot the error” contests in addition to the usual
lineup of panels and research sessions. The hundreds of editors and writers included more than a few from our circles—proposal writers, grant managers, technical writers, and others who are “wordsmiths” in our grants profession.
Editing and the Grant Professional - David Lindeman.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Ethics...the Basis for All We Do as Grant Professionals
Author: Cyndi MacKenzie, GPC, CPS
Published: April 14, 2015
Ethics-Grant Professionals - Cyndi MacKenzie.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Federal Grant Reviewers: A Tool to Establishing Yourself as a Well-Rounded Grant Writer
April 29, 2014
By: Rachel Werner

As grants professionals, we are often mired in the complexities of our work, and can experience tunnel vision. I find it difficult to step out of my comfort zone, particularly when I’m working on a federal grant
proposal. The complexities and depth of the application requirements make it nearly impossible to focus on other tasks, and view our work from an aerial perspective. We all make grammatical and copy editing mistakes, especially when we have looked at an application (for what seems like) the 20th time.
However, I recently decided to step out of my comfort zone and step into the shoes of a federal grant reviewer.
Federal Grant Reviewers - A tool to establishing yourself as a well-rounded grant writer - Rachel Werner.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Finding Grants for Those Difficult to Fund Support Services (Part One)
December 7, 2011
By: Rebecca Shawver, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

As most of our regular readers know, I am the director of grants for a relatively small
community college in a rural/suburban area of Texas. Located about 50 miles south of
Houston and six miles north of the Gulf of Mexico, we are not in close proximity to a
large metropolitan community, nor the associated private foundations. In fact, as one of my exchange students once said, “There is a whole lot of nothing in between a little bit of something in Texas.”
Finding_Grants_Part_One_-_Rebecca_Shawver.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Finding Grants for Those Difficult to Fund Support Services (Part Two)
December 14, 2011
By: Rebecca Shawver, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

Having discussed in part one the importance of reviewing your agency's strategic plan,
using it as a tool in support of your grant applications, creating a multi-year grant
calendar, and encouraging in-house and outside collaborative relationships, I would like to address the early preparation of draft proposals and how to best prepared "blended" proposals.
Finding_Grants_-_Rebecca_Shawver.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Finding the Needle: What Grant Writers Need for More Effective Grant Prospecting
August 21, 2013
By: Heather Stombaugh, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

Like many of you, I spend a portion of my time to find the “best fit funders” for the nonprofits I serve. Prospecting is time-consuming, possibly because the quality of the sources at our disposal vary in quality. What’s a harried grant writer to do?
Spurred by the experiences of fellow grant writers and my own curiosity, I distributed an electronic survey in spring 2013 about the current utility,
frequency of use, and functionality of both free and subscription-based grant
prospecting databases. I asked grant writers on LinkedIn groups, Facebook,
and Twitter to respond anonymously.
Finding the Needle- What Grant Writers Need for More Effective Grant Prospecting - Heather Stombaugh.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Fly with the Fundamentals in this Challenging Economy (Part 2)
April 11, 2012
By: Dalya Massachi
Article Published by Charity Channel

Editor's Note: This is the second of a two-part article is based on Dalya Massachi’s
September 2011 keynote speech to the Grant Professionals Association chapter in Miami Valley, OH.
Last week In Part 1, we discussed the five priorities on the grant-seeker’s mind. Now
let’s tune in to what funders are telling us about what’s going on for them in today’s
grant-making scene. Once we understand where they’re coming from, we can figure out how to point ourselves in the right direction before we approach them.
Fly with the Fundamentals in this Challenging Economy-Part2.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Fly with the Fundamentals in this Challenging Economy (Part One)
April 4, 2012
By: Dalya Massachi
Article Published by Charity Channel

This article is based on Dalya Massachi’s September 2011 keynote speech to the Grant Professionals Association chapter in Miami Valley, OH.
According to Ecclesiastes, “Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.” Good food for thought for us grantwriters.
Fly with the Fundamentals in this Challenging Economy.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Free Guide to Writing Case Statements
Free Guide to Writing Case Statements
Free Guide to Writing Case Statements.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Funding for LGBT Organizations
Author: Susan Brittain
July 22, 2014

I have been working with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organizations for the past five years. What I've discovered in that time is that there are few national grant funding resources. The fight for same-sex marriage has brought new community grant funders into the fold and given LGBT nonprofits in the larger cities more choices for raising money. But, there is still a dearth of national funders.
Funding For LGBT Organizations - Susan Brittain.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Goals? What Goals?
July 27, 2011
By: Teri Blandon, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

One of my least favorite conversations is when a project manager is trying to explain whyhis/her project isn’t going to meet the goals we so carefully articulated in the project’s grant proposal. Some of the excuses are unbelievable – along the “my dog ate my homework” variety – while others are entirely plausible.
Goals_-What_Goals-_Teri_Blandon.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Going Global: Tips for the International Grants Professional
Author: David Lindeman, CFRE, GPC
Published: March 24, 2015
Going Global-Tips for the International Grants Professional-Lindeman.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Grant Administration: What Every President Should Know
Author: Rebecca Vermillion Shawver
Published by: CharityChannel Press
Grant Administration - What Every President Should Know - Rebecca Shawver.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Grant Funding: Identifying Foundations
September 19, 2013
By: Debbie DiVirgilio, GPC

You may have heard on more than one occasion, “just get a grant for xyz.” And you think in your head, if only it were that easy. Or, a well-meaning board member brings you information about a grant opportunity that has nothing to do with the work your organization does, but because ABC Organization received a grant from the foundation, you should apply as well.
Grant Funding Identifying Foundations.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Grant Readiness
Author: Diane Leonard, GPC
Published: February 10, 2015
Grant Readiness - Diane Leonard.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Grant Reviews: Unpopular but Essential (Part 1)
Author: Rebecca Vermillion Shawver, MPA, GPC
Published: January 6, 2015
Grant Reviews-Unpopular but Essential Part One - Shawver.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Grant Reviews: Unpopular but Essential (Part Two)
Author: Rebecca Vermillion Shawver, MPA, GPC
Published: January 12, 2015
Grant Reviews-Unpopular but Essential Part Two - Shawver.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Grants - Independent Contracting from Members of the new Minnesota North Star Chapter of GPA
August 15, 2012
By: Members of the MN North Star Chapter

Joan Oswald of the Miller-Dwan Foundation sat down with Jo Miller, Certified Grant
Professional of JM Grants, for a lively conversation about the independent grants profession. Here’s what they had to say.
Grants - Independent Contracting from Members of the new MN North Star Chapter of GPA.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Grants: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
February 22, 2012
By: Cecilia Blanford, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

Even if not known by name, most grant professionals have or will experience Finagle’s Law. That is, if anything can go wrong, it will...and at the worst possible time. Plus, it
will all be your fault and everyone will know it. Likewise, if there is a possibility of several things going wrong, the one that will cause the most damage will be the first to go
Grants_What_Could_Possibly_Go_Wrong_-_Blanford.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Gratitude for Funders 365 Days a Year
Author: Diane Leonard, GPC
Published Date: 11/11/2014
Gratitude for Funders 365 Days a Year - Diane Leonard.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Growing Our Own
May 20, 2014
By: Heather Stombaugh, MBA, GPC

It hit 90 degrees in my part of the world this week. The columbines are blooming, the garden is
in, and the lawn is lush enough to need a mow twice a week (much to my husband’s chagrin). The growth we mere mortals have witnessed in the last month is awesome and energizing. It reminds me of the good in the world, of opportunity, of the possibility of rejuvenation after challenge. It invigorates the heart and soul.
Growing Our Own - Heather Stombaugh.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Headache Relief for Novice Writers: Tips for Thoughtful Grant Planning
Author: Stephanie H. Caffee, RN, BSN
Published: March 10, 2015

Headache Relief for Novice Writers - Stephanie Caffee.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

How Grant Consultants Make Me More Professional
My recent GPA chapter activities again had me reflecting on the time I spend on extra professional commitments. For the March 2015 GPA-Arizona (AZ) Chapter, I co-organized a panel of grant consultants to discuss their experiences launching and expanding their business.
How Grant Consultants Make Me More Professional - Michele Zacks.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

How Grant Seeking is Like Online Dating
June 9, 2011
By: Melanie Palmer, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

I met my husband on an online dating site. After I had scoffed for years at the idea of
online dating, karma dealt me retribution in the form of his winning profile and wryly
intelligent messages. For a long time when people asked how we met, we tried to offer
stories involving the supermarket and spilled cans of groceries, or perhaps the library and
a mutually loved book. But in the end, we had to admit that what we were first attracted to was a well written paragraph and grainy photo. Something in each other’s profiles gave us a gut feeling, and we went with it.
How_Grant_Seeking_Is_Like_Online_Dating.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

How to Write Goals, Objectives and Outcomes that Grant Funders Will Love!
January 3, 2012
By: Betsy Baker
Article Published by Charity Channel

Even though I included an exclamation at the end of this article title, doesn’t it still sound as dry as dust? Probably one the biggest challenges that grant writers face is trying to
effectively express meaningful, exciting goals and objectives and the intended outcomes
in their applications. You most certainly don’t want to: a) bore the grant reviewer to
death, b) seriously confuse them, or c) exasperate them to the point that they toss the aforementioned application into the nearest refuse receptacle.
How_to_Write_Goals_Objectives_and_Outcomes_-_Betsy_Baker.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

How's Your Browser? New Grant Websites Can Be Challenging, But There Can Be an Easy Fix
August 13, 2013
By: Local/State Funding Report
Article Published by Thompson Publishing Group

Don’t throw your computer out the window. Check your Internet browser.
During the past year, the grant community experienced new and redesigned websites that can sometimes throw
the best of us off guard when technical difficulties prevent
access to time-sensitive information or interfere with registration and submission requirements. The two most notable sites are the System for Award Management and
Hows Your Browser.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Input metrics feed outcome metrics
Zacks Metrics GPA eNews For Editor.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Interactive Map Helps Members Connect
May 9, 2014
By: Kelli Romero
Article Published by The Membership Management Report

What started out as a staff-use-only tool
quickly became a benefit to members of
the Grant Professionals Association
(Kansas City, KS) as soon as the staff
realized how useful their Membership
Map could be.
MMR article--Membership Map 2014.rtf [DOWNLOAD]

Involving Youth in Philanthropy - Grant Professionals Can Make a Difference
September 12, 2012
By: Diane H. Leonard, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

As we went around the table, the responses to “What is philanthropy?” were as diverse as the participants sitting with me. Note that I wasn’t facilitating a roundtable amongst
professionals in the grant making or grant seeking field. Rather, more than a decade ago, I was sitting at a table with sixteen teenage girls facilitating a new program year’s kickoff meeting of Young Women for Change.
Involving Youth in Philanthropy - Diane Leonard.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Is Consulting for You?
July 15, 2014
By: Margit Brazda Poirier

Perhaps you’ve asked yourself if you’d like to leave your current job or transition into consulting? After all, it is a growing field with a high demand. Many organizations don’t have the desire or resources to hire a full-time or part-time grant professional so they look to contracting with a grant consultant.

Each year at the Grant Professional Association’s annual conference, there are several excellent sessions that focus on the practice of consulting in the grant development arena. You may have already heard some worthwhile advice at these sessions, so this article is simply to encourage you to think about a few “big picture” questions that may help you determine if consulting is right for you.

Is Consulting For You - Margit Brazda Poirier.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Is Your Organization Grant Ready?
July 26, 2013
By: Debbie DiVirgilio, GPC

Frequently, an organization will identify the need for additional funding and determines that obtaining a grant is the solution. Or, a well-meaning board member will tell a staff member to “get a grant,” to meet the funding deficit. Or, a newly formed nonprofit decides that grant funding is their key to success. However, before spending a lot of time and money applying for grants, determining grant readiness is a recommended best practice.
Is Your Organization Grant Ready - Debbie DiVirgilio.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

It's Time to Think Frugally!
September 14, 2011
By: Rebecca Shawver, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

When financial resources are scarce, non-profit administrators and staff must think long and hard before investing scarce dollars in resources with little immediate or short-term
return on investment. This is especially true when one considers the high cost of most
online databases that promise to provide information relating to federal and foundation grant opportunities.
Its_Time_to_Think_Frugally_-_Rebecca_Shawver.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Leveraging Your Unique Value Proposition
Author: Jen Hurst, M.A.
Published: August 5, 2014

"What do you do?" It's a simple question, but the best answer isn't always apparent. One person may be asking about your job description; another might be interested in your organization's strategic plan. To speak to the person's interests, you need to understand the context of their question and the unique value proposition your organization offers to its stakeholders.
Leveraging Your Unique Value Proposition - Jen Hurst.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Like Looking in a Mirror
July 6, 2011
By: Teri Blandon, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

The assignment for this article was intriguing: When you look at other grant
professionals, is it like looking in a mirror? Rather than just talk about myself – a topic
only I find fascinating – I decided to informally survey some of my grant professional
friends. I was curious about how they perceive themselves, how they view the rewards and challenges of their jobs, and what they do for fun. While there were differences, the similarities were striking.
Like_Looking_in_a_Mirror_-_Teri_Blandon.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

My School Year Resolutions
Author: Diane Leonard, GPC
Published Date: August 26, 2014
My School Year Resolutions - Diane Leonard.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Preparing for a Successful (and Pain Free!) Grant Audit
March 27, 2013
By: Diane H. Leonard, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

Whisper the word “audit” and whether you are talking about a personal IRS audit, OMB A-133 Single Audit, or a grant audit by a funder, the response is typically one of fear, sweaty palms, and an increased blood pressure level.
There are two types of audits that bring about that feeling of panic in most nonprofits: (1) Funder audits based on
agency or foundation policies, and (2) federal audits based on regulations contained in OMB A-133 Single Audits.
Both types of audits carry heavy burdens for the nonprofit organization but each focuses on different aspects of grantees’ operations.
Preparing for a Successful and Pain Free Grant Audit - Diane Leonard.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Prospective ABCs?
Author: Michele Zacks
Published: 10/14/2014
Prospective ABCs - Michele Zacks2.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Reading Resource List
A list of books recommended by the GPA PG&D Committee and from a GrantZone discussion.
Reading Resource List 2017.docx [DOWNLOAD]

Regional Grant Information Centers and Hunting & Seeking for Grant Opportunities
September 2013
By: Sharon Skinner, MA, GPC

One resource for individuals hunting and seeking grant opportunities is the local Regional Grant Information Center. Currently, there are Regional Grant Information Centers located
across the country. Each of these is a cooperating collection of The Foundation Center in New York City. Information on over 95,000 U.S. private foundations and corporate donors, and 1.3 million grants can be found in the Library's Foundation and Grants Collection.
Regional Grant Information Centers - Sharon Skinner.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Should You Share Your Grant Proposals?
May 10, 2011
By: Rebecca Shawver, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

As a grant professional (with development, writing and administrative duties) for a small
community colleague, I am a member of the Council for Resource Development’s (CRD)
listserv. Recently, a colleague inquired as to the appropriateness of sharing complete
copies of successfully-funded grant proposals with others via the Internet. The inquiring colleague was interested in what policies others in the grant field had developed for their institutions.
Should_You_Share_Your_Grant_Proposals.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Should you Submit the Same Proposal to More than One Funder - At the Same Time?
March 14, 2012
By: Rebecca Shawver, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

Last fall, a colleague on a listserv that I subscribe to posted a commonly asked question. Is it wise to submit the same project simultaneously to several foundations? If so, and you are blessed with awards from more than one funder, what would happen if you can’t double the project?
Should you submit the same proposal - Rebecca Shawver.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Showing Your Impact: Tips for Successful Site Visits
Author: Margit Brazda Poirier
Published Date: 10/07/2014
Showing Your Impact Tips for Successful Site Visits - Margit Brazda Poirier.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Speaking in a Funder’s Appreciation Language
Author: Diane H. Leonard, GPC
Published: May 12, 2015
Speaking in a Funder's Appreciation Language - 5-4-15 Diane Leonard.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Starting Seeds: We Reap What We Sow
March 21, 2014
By: Heather Stombaugh, GPC

Ever notice how the sudden appearance of a sunny day in March gives you new perspective?
In Ohio, we had a few spring‐like days recently, and I spoke with many people who felt more positive and better about the future. I think we all needed those rays of sunshine! It also means it’s time to start dreaming of delicious leafy greens, heirloom tomatoes fresh off the vine, and more zucchini bread than any one human should eat. So last night, a friend and I finished our second set of hundreds of seed starts for four families’ gardens this year. Our first sets have sprouted, and even during a brief snow squall this morning the greenhouse was a haven of warmth, nurturing, and growth for our baby herbs and veggies. That little greenhouse is a thing of beauty.
Starting Seeds We Reap What We Sow - Heather Stombaugh.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Taking the Plunge: How to Study for the GPC Exam
July 18, 2012
By: Arvetta Jideonwo, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

In June, the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) unveiled the electronic version of its exam allowing grant professionals to take the test at one of 500 testing centers across the nation. The change in administrating the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) exam has answered the prayers of many individuals who have wanted to take the GPC exam, but did not have the funds to cover the registration cost and related expenses associated with travel and lodging in a remote location or at the annual Grant Professional Association conference.
Taking the Plunge - Arvetta Jideonwo.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Taming the Green-Eyed Monster
May 25, 2011
By: Teri Blandon, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

The letter has arrived. The grant proposal you worked on with Department A has just
been awarded a contract! The program director is thrilled and shakes your hand. The
CEO happily announces it in the all-staff meeting. High fives go all around.
Then, the director of Department B comes up to you. “So, how come we never get these grants?” Uh oh – that green-eyed monster called jealousy has reared its ugly head.
Taming_the_Green-Eyed_Monster.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Team Zero
Author: Michele A. Zacks, MS, PhD
Published Date: 11/18/2014
Team Zero - Michele Zacks.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Thank you Anonymous, We Walk Beside You
Author: Amanda Day, GPC
Published: March 10, 2015
Dear Anonymous - Amanda Day.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Art of Partnerships
March 11, 2014
By: Mark Whitacre, GPC

Many invitations for grant proposals require community partnerships to show a funding
source the strength of support a proposed grant program has in the community. A strong partnership base can also bolster a proposal because partnering organizations can bring in skill sets the lead applicant may lack.
GPA March Article - The Art of Partnerships - Mark Whitacre.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Best Job Ever
March 21, 2012
By: Stacey Abate
Article Published by Charity Channel

Whether we are consultants who work at home or employees in large fundraising
departments, many of us feel like we work alone. But how alone are we really when the
online communities seem to be ever-expanding? Are those connections real and if so, why do we all still feel so alone?
The Best Job Ever - Stacey Abate.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Best Thing I Did In 2014
Author: Bill Brooks, CFRE, GPC
Published: January 20, 2014
The Best Thing I Did in 2014-Bill Brooks.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Goldilocks Grant
July 25, 2012
By: Stacey Abate
Article Published by Charity Channel

Once upon a time (last month), I offered a medium‐sized department in a large community-based hospital the opportunity to apply for a grant worth $10‐20,000 for one year. They turned
it down saying it was too small. Shortly after that, I found another grant worth $400,000/year for 4 years. That one was too big. Where, I wondered, was I supposed to find a grant that was just right for this department. They wanted a grant that was large enough to be worth the effort of applying but not so large that if they got it, they wouldn’t be able to manage it.
The Goldilocks Grant - Stacey Abate.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Grant Environment - It's Good or Bad Depending upon Your Viewpoint
October 9, 2013
By: Rebecca Vermillion Shawver, MPA, GPC
Article Published by Grants and Foundation Review

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it
was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.” - Charles Dickens

It seems that grant professionals each have an opinion about the funding environments in which we work. Each of us views it quite differently depending upon our own successes and disappointments; and, individual opinions can change rapidly—usually upon receipt of a rejection letter. However, collective opinions generally change when significant amounts of new funding become available or major funding cutbacks are announced—especially federal cutbacks.
The_Grant_Environment__Shawver.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Grant Writing Spectrum: Generalists to Specialists
Author: Rachel Werner
Published: 09/30/2014
The Grant Writing Spectrum Generalists to Specialists-Rachel Werner.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Habits of a Successful Grant Professional
April 8, 2014
By: Diane Leonard, GPC

When presenting at conferences or on webinars, one of the most common follow‐up questions I am asked afterward regardless of the presentation’s focus is about what are the key resources I read every day, or the things that I do every day/week as part of the successful grant seeking strategies we implement for my clients. While the list of resources has changed over the years, I’ve realized how important it is to have such a robust tool box of resources (as well as colleagues to ask for support from!) in order to be a successful grant professional.
The Habits of a Successful Grant Professional - GPA newsletter.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Importance of Project Management as Grant Professionals
Author: Rachel Werner, MPA, GPC, PMP
Published: December 16, 2014
The importance of project management as grant professionals-Rachel Werner.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Power of the Story in a Grant Application
By: Rachel Werner, MPA, GPC, PMP
Published: May 26, 2015

The Power of the Story in a Grant Application-Rachel Werner.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Proposal Linking Strategies
Author: Mark Whitacre
Published: December 9, 2014
The Proposal Linking Strategies - Mark Whitacre.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Secrets of Success - Writing a Successful Grant Proposal
Courtesy of The Grantsmanship Center

A funder’s guidelines will tell you what to include in a grant proposal for its organization. Most funders want the same information, even if they use different words or ask questions in a different order.
writing a successfulgrant proposal.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Top 5 Reasons Public-Private Partnerships are Important for Grants Professionals
Author: Rachel Werner, GPC
Publish Date: 02/17/2015
The Top 5 Reasons Public-Private Partnerships are Important for Grants Professionals - Rachel Werner.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Value of the Grant Professional Credential
August 1, 2012
By: Shelia McCann, GPC

Last month, the online Grant Professional Association Community received an inquiry regarding the value of the Grant Professional Credential (GPC). The Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI) has been administering the qualifying examination since 2007 and to‐date there are over 500 credentialed grant professionals. In June, GPCI released the electronic version, making it possible for candidates to complete the examination in local testing sites.
The Value of the Grant Professional Credential - Shelia McCann_2_.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Writer Never Arrives - Part One
July 18, 2012
By: Bill Smith, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

Won’t someone please teach me how to write? I am desperate to write! That was my
earnest plea at age five, back when teaching letters and how to string them together into words and sentences did not happen until a child was six. So, using what little I was able to glean from looking at books and seeing people write, I made crude attempts to chronicle my deepest thoughts. I recall showing my manuscript to a neighbor lady who squinted at it and handed it back with a patronizing, “Very interesting.” Obviously, the genius of my thoughts went right over her head. I was a great writer, and I knew it. So there!
The Writer Never Arrives - Bill Smith - part 1.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

The Writer Never Arrives - Part Two
July 25, 2012
By: Bill Smith, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

In Part 1, I told of my early life as a non-learner and how a newspaper editor named
Jack King finally got my attention and made me serious about learning the craft of
Mr. King took me on full time to write (and to learn), and he even entrusted his editor's
chair to me when he took his vacation. After a couple of years, I was sure I was ready to
shoot for a Pulitzer. Little did I realize that ahead of me was so much more to learn about writing in a way that has value in the real world. Following the newspaper gig were jobs in human resources and administration that afforded opportunities to write policies, procedures, instructions and even contracts and legislation. With every new experience, I discovered more that I did not know about effective writing. And, unfortunately, I concluded at each juncture that I had finally arrived.
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Tips for Success in the Evolving Field of Grant Development
Author: Joan Oswald, GPC
Published: May 19, 2015
Tips for Success in the Evolving Field of Grant Development - Joan Oswald.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Use the Force, Grant Professional: Reflecting the voice of your organization
Author: Jen Hurst, M.A.
Published Date: 10/28/2014
Use the Force Grant Professional-Jen Hurst.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Using First and Third Person Pronouns in Grant Narratives
Author: Mark Whitacre, GPC
Published: April 28, 2015
Using First and Third Person Pronouns in Grant Narratives - Mark Whitacre.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Walking the Walk is Frightening
Author: Anonymous
Published: 03/03/2015
Walking the Walk is Frightening.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

We Can't Give What We Don't Have
May 6, 2014
By: Rebecca Vermillion Shawver, MPA, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

Have you ever thought about how your attitude and perceptions as a grant writer impacts your organization’s development and implementation of grant‐funded programs? If not, I invite you to think
about it today. Because I believe that grant writers have a far greater impact on an organization’s ability to raise funds than many of you probably realize.
We cant give what we dont have - Shawver.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

We're all fundraisers here...right?
Author: Ericka Harney, CFRE, GPA, CVA
Published: April 21, 2015
We are all fundraisers here right - Ericka Harney.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

What about Grants for Businesses
Grants for businesses are generally just one source of revenue in supporting small business development. They could be a great complement to a loan or other source that comes with interest rates attached, such as bank lines of credit. Yet start‐ups don’t usually seek out grant opportunities, mainly because they don’t know where to go.
What about Grants for Businesses - Margit Brazda Poirier.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

What Happened to the Budget?
October 19, 2011
By: Teri Blandon, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

After twenty years of working with grants, I am still confounded when asked why we
need to seek permission when making changes to a project budget. After all, it’s “our” money, isn’t it?
What_Happened_to_the_Budget_-_Teri_Blandon.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

What's the Value of Grants?
July 1, 2014
By: Mark Whitacre, GPC

Nonprofit executives and boards want to see a return on investment (ROI) that advances the mission of the nonprofit organization. A question often asked is: “What’s the value that my organization is going to realize through a grant(s)?”
What’s the Value of Grants - Mark Whitacre.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

What, Me Frustrated?
July 20, 2011
By: Stacey Abate
Article Published by Charity Channel

Who among us hasn’t worked with or for people who flat out refuse to get back to us? I am currently working for a VP who gets so many emails each day that he is unable to
reply to all of them. So he skims, rather than reads, as they come in. The lower down in
his inbox an email falls, the less likely he is to reply. This can be a problem when I am
waiting for a response for information that only he has or an approval that only he can
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Why Your Organization Should Spring for Grant Management Software
February 10, 2012
By: Steph Dlugon and StreamLink Software

It’s likely the first time you get funding is the result of writing a killer grant. It’s also likely that subsequent rounds of funding are a result of a killer grant AND proof you successfully accomplished all you said you would in your proposal. Some grantors have deep pockets and lax reporting requirements, but most (especially federal agencies) require detailed accounts of how well you used the money before they’ll give more. More and more grantors are funding specific projects, not organizations, and they expect a return on their investment.
Why Your Org should spring-for-grant-managment-software.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Winter Gifts
Author: Heather Stombaugh, GPC
Published Date: 11/11/2014
Winter Gifts - Heather Stombaugh.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

With great power. . .: The grantwriter's responsibility to exercise their personal conscience
Author: Jen Hurst, M.A.
Published: February 24, 2015
With great power The grantwriters responsibility - Jen Hurst.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Writing for the GPA Journal
Authors: David Lindeman and Andy Rawdon
Published date: 09/23/2014
Writing for the GPA Journal - Lindeman and Rawdon.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Writing Foundation Grants for Faith-Based Organizations
August 31, 2011
By: Cheryl Kester
Article Published by Charity Channel

In most regards, writing competitive grant proposals for faith-based organizations is little different from writing successful proposals on behalf of any organization. The same fundamentals apply: do your research, tell a clear story, and make the need compelling.
Writing_Foundation_Grants_for_Faith-Based_Organizations.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Writing to Win: What Grant Professionals Can Learn from the Legal Writer
Author: Pamela Sophiajohn, CFRE
Published: August 19, 2014

While waiting to meet a client at the Ohio State Bar Association, I could not resist purchasing a book by Steven D. Stark entitled WRITING TO WIN: The Legal Writer – The Complete Guide to Writing Strategies That Will Make Your Case and Win It. Normally a book about legal writing would not make it on my night stand. But since I had just taken on a new client with a law-related mission, I was now curious to see if the writing strategies used by attorneys to make a case could also be used by grant professionals to help win grant awards.
Writing to Win- What Grant Professionals Can Learn from the Legal Writer - Pamela Sophiajohn.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

You Got the Grant, Now What? A Look at Grant Accounting Best Practices
Author: Jim Wrenn, CEO IT Works
Published Date: 11/18/2014
You Got the Grant, Now What - Jim Wrenn ITWorks.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

You Know You Are A Grant Writer When...
May 16, 2012
By: Diane H. Leonard, GPC
Article Published by Charity Channel

Spend enough time in any profession, and the inside jokes that only your peers will typically laugh at annual professional conferences and the like, begin to build up. After reading Rebecca Shawver’s recent article about why more young professionals are not entering the grant writing field, I stopped to think about some of those common characteristics and traits that those of us who have been in the field for awhile can connect with.
You Know You Are A Grant Writer When.pdf [DOWNLOAD]

Your Name In Lights
June 13, 2012
By: Diane H. Leonard, GPC
Article Published by CharityChannel

As a professional grant writer, there are many active professional development
opportunities available to help gain new skills related to the field. There are the traditional workshops, conferences, and peer meeting groups. Opportunities for professional development that are more passive, but are much more budget friendly include reading professional publications including journals, newsletters, and articles.
Your Name in Lights - Diane Leonard.pdf [DOWNLOAD]