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GPA Town Hall: Grant Writing in a COVID-19 World - Tips for Survival, Success, and Sustainability
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In a COVID-19 world, the “new normal” is a challenge that you and the nonprofit organizations you represent will face unlike any we have encountered in a lifetime. This webinar is designed to provide new perspective from the federal and philanthropic venues, as well an understanding of the opportunities that are before us as professional grant writers and the storytellers of our organizations.

When: 06/11/2020
12:00 pm CST
Where: Virtual Webinar
United States
Contact: GPA Staff

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Webinar Description: 

While the health and economic consequences of the global COVID-19 pandemic have affected every segment of society, the nonprofit community has been significantly impacted. Operations and funding have been disrupted, and fear and uncertainty plague the future as old perspectives no longer provide a clue of what is ahead of us. This webinar recognizes that grant writers are the storytellers of their nonprofit organizations and it provides new reference points for moving forward in the “new normal” before you. In this town hall setting, you will have the opportunity to listen and interact with experts in areas critical to the sustainability of both your organizations and your professional responsibilities to create new goals and objectives to succeed. Industry leaders will examine the federal response, current and future, the philanthropic community’s activities and special funding resources, and a projection of the role, you, as grant writer, will play in realizing the opportunities that are ahead of you. As Franklin Roosevelt said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” 


Ellen Riddleberger is a Vice President at McAllister & Quinn, managing clients in nonprofit, higher education, and governmental organizations. She specializes in providing clients with strategic government affairs analysis and advocacy services as well as assistance with fund development through federal grants and foundations. Prior to joining McAllister & Quinn, Ellen worked for Congresswoman Roybal-Allard of CA for more than 11 years, and as her Chief of Staff since 2002. During that time, Ellen worked on the Appropriations, Budget, and Financial Services Committees, as well as handled a broad spectrum of issues, including health, justice, and education among other issues.

Michele Dilworth is Senior Director of Partnerships at Candid and leads the team responsible for cultivating and deepening Candid’s strategic relationships across the U.S. including philanthropic, governmental, and nonprofit organizations with the collective goal to deepen engagement, connection, and knowledge across the field. She has 20+ years of experience contributing to the success of both private and social sector organizations. Prior to joining Candid, she served as vice president of communications and development for the Global Philanthropy Forum and has served as director of Foundation Center’s western region. Michele holds a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies and serves on the board of trustees for Horizons at San Francisco Friends School.

Diane Lenoard is a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) and Approved Trainer of the Grant Professional Association. Diane is also a Licensed Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner through Scrum, Inc. Since 2006, Diane and her team at D. H. Leonard Consulting and Grant Writing Services have secured more than $64 million dollars in competitive grant rewards for their clients. She is an active member of the Grant Professional Association and is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations. Diane is a frequent speaker regarding all aspects of grant writing and development.

Mike Chamberlain, Chief Executive Offices for GPA will serve as the facilitator for this important conversation.

Skill Level:
Master Level

Learning Track:
Professional Development

GPC Competencies:
How to research, identify, and match funding resources to meet specific needs
Organizational development as it pertains to grant seeking

Methods and strategies that cultivate and maintain relationships between fund-seeking and recipient organizations and funders
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers

CFRE & GPC Credits:
This webinar has been approved for one point towards the CFRE credential and one CEU towards the GPC credential.