L/SFR Sneak Peek: The Value of Professional Organizations

July 5, 2011 | By Adrianne Fielding | Post a Comment

(This post is excerpted from an article in the July 11 issue of Local/State Funding Report.) Whether you’re a seasoned grants professional, new to grant research and grantwriting, or the recent inheritor of those activities at your organization, professional organizations provide important tools and resources that can help you obtain the federal dollars needed for your projects. From networking with peers, funders and potential clients to boosting your grants knowledge and keeping up to date with best practices, professional organizations help your proposals stay crisp and keep your grants toolbox full.

The Grant Professionals Association (formerly the American Association of Grant Professionals) is a membership organization that provides a variety of professional development opportunities and resources. Thompson has a longstanding partnership with GPA, including sponsorship of its annual conference.

This year’s national conference, on the theme “Silver Linings: Opportunities in Challenging Economies,” will be held from Oct. 5 to Oct. 8 in Las Vegas, Nev.

In conjunction with the national conference, the board of directors of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) will host a Grant Professional Certification (GPC) exam in Las Vegas on October 5.

Thompson has partnered with the authors of Study Guide and Bibliography: Support for the Grant Professional Certification Examination (Second Edition) to offer a useful study guide to help exam takers prepare for the test. The GPC exam study guide can now be purchased by the public. GPA members, keep an eye on your weekly member news emails for upcoming information on how you can purchase the study guide at the discounted member rate.

For the rest of the story, subscribers to the Local/State Funding Report can refer to their July 11 issue.

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