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Annual Conference in Portland, OR
October 15-18, 2014!

"Building Bridges"

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Quotes from Conference Attendees

  • "The conference continues to get better and better! Thank you."
  • "Extremely interesting and knowledgeable speakers. Great job!"
  • "It was great. Thanks. I appreciated the range of perspectives presented from those in education, government, healthcare and nonprofits." 
  • "The organized networking opps by SIG and Geography were the most helpful aspects of the conference. It can be hard to meet people with similar interests and those really helped."
  • "It's a great value, networking opportunities were wonderful and I took a way a lot of tips and inspiration!"
  • "I appreciated how welcoming the organization and attendees were by and large to first-time attendees like me."
  • "Overall the workshops were great, very diverse subject matters and extremely informative."
  • "Opening reception was the best one yet! And as always, the GPA staff outdid themselves! Thank you, thank you for all your hard work for a great conference."
  • "Thank you for your hard work and efforts in hosting this event. I am new to grant writing and was able to learn so much beneficial information. Myself and my colleagues are looking forward to the 2014 conference!"
  • "For my first conference, I was suitably impressed. The enthusiasm of everyone connected with GPA was very welcoming!"
  • "Overall, I think GPA does a really excellent job. I work in a museum and have attended Development tracks at other conferences. This one was so much more useful to me and I will recommend that we attend again and consider joining GPA. Thank you to everyone!"


Five Feature Benefits

1) Opportunity to visit with sponsors and exhibitors that have fabulous products and services to assist you in becoming the best of the best in Grantsmanship!

2) Be the best by attending some of the 70 Workshops provided.

3) Don't miss out! Attend the Opening Session with our Keynote Speaker.

4) Take home valuable information from the General Sessions with Featured Speakers. 

5) Networking Opportunities with others in the grants profession to help you resolve issues and learn best practices. 



About the Grant Professionals Association
The Grant Professionals Association (GPA), a nonprofit membership association, builds and supports an international community of grant professionals committed to serving the greater public good by practicing the highest ethical and professional standards. Founded in 1997, GPA has grown to close to 2,000 active members representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the United Kingdom. More than 50 chapters have formed in the past six years.

About the GPA Annual Conference
GPA’s annual conference has gained a well-earned reputation as the most comprehensive educational and professional growth event available for those committed to excellence in the practice of grantsmanship. Each year, conference participants enjoy high-quality workshops on a wide variety of topics presented by the most experienced and knowledgeable experts in their respective fields. This will be the sixteenth year for the GPA Annual Conference.

The conference draws grant proposal writers, grant managers, nonprofit administrators, and consultants of all skill levels, in all areas of practice, from arts to education to homeland security. GPA anticipates that the 2014 conference will attract more than 600 attendees from across the country and internationally.

Reasons To Attend:

  • GPA is the ONLY national organization that works toward enhancing the role of grant professionals
  • Learn first hand from expert practitioners
  • Learn best practices for grants management
  • Network with other grant professionals in the nation

Who Should Attend:

  • Grant Writers
  • Grant Managers
  • Grant Consultants
  • Grants Officers
  • Grant Coordinators
  • Development Directors
  • Executive Directors
  • Government Relations Officers
  • Financial Officers
  • Any level of experience, beginner to expert.

Download a letter of justification you can give to your employer as reason to attend the Annual National Conference.

Workshop & Speaker Information

Conference Skill Tracks and Special Interest Groups (SIGS): Workshops will identify the skill track and SIG that aligns with the topic of the proposed presentation. Special interest groups include: Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Consultants, Faith-Based, Government, Grant Management, Healthcare, Higher Education, Human Services, Indian Tribes, International Development, K-12 Education, Law Enforcement, Libraries, Safety and Social Justice. 

Skill tracks include; Proposal Development – Planning, Grant Construction, Grant Management and Reporting, Communication Skills, Professional Ethics, Resource Knowledge/Grant Research, etc.

Professional Levels: GPA offers a number of presentations targeting beginningintermediate and advanced professionals, are all welcome and encouraged to attend the conference.

GPCI Competencies: To date, there are over 300 GPCs across the country.  Many persons are planning to sit for the exam in the near future.  GPA and its presenters have given consideration to the eight competencies on the GPC exam to help those with their preparation.

Presentation Lengths: Majority of the GPA workshops are 1½ hours (continuous, with no scheduled break).  We do however, have some that are 3 hours (presented as two 1½ hour sessions, morning or afternoon, with ½-hour break).

The average number of session attendees at each workshop at past conferences is around 35.