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2020 Award Recipient

Maryn Boess

The Grant Professionals Association, Grant Professionals Certification Institute, and Grant Professionals Foundation is proud to announce the 2019 Grant Professional Class of Distinguished Fellows Award Recipient. This year’s inductee is Maryn Boess

Over her career in the grants profession, Maryn Boess has been an employed grantwriter; a grant consultant; a grant trainer; a grant reviewer, author, speaker, mentor and coach; and – since 2006 - even a grantmaker. Maryn has an extensive portfolio of innovations in supporting grant professionals with training, resources, and support. "Maryn is an inspirational teacher who fires the imagination of thousands of people in grantwriting and enourages them to be mighty catalysts in their nonprofit causes. I hold Maryn in high esteem and have the deepest respect for her wisdom, knowledge, skills, and integrity as a grants professional." says Barbara Gorzinski.
As a social entrepreneur she has continually created unique and first-of-their-kind resources for grantwriters. As a thought leader she is committed to upleveling the broad conversation about grantseeking and grantmaking practice. As a grant training professional she is devoted to creating and nurturing authentic communities of grants learning, practice, and sharing, and to infusing her trainings not only with best practices and tactics, but also with inspiration, motivation, and confidence.

Maryn played an instrumental role in the early years of the American Association of Grant Professionals (AAGP)/Grant Professionals Association (GPA), serving on the national board from 2002-2005, volunteering on numerous task forces and committees, and participating in conference planning committees and chapter formation. Maryn worked hard with leadership to foster and support the first AAGP chapters in 2004-2005, and was a key sponsor and founding member of one of the very early chapters, in Arizona, her home state. She has written GPA Grant News and Journal articles, presented webinars and conference sessions for GPA, and is currently serving on a GPA committee. Maryn has held a membership with GPA since 2002.
Maryn helped produce the foundation for the fulfilling of AAGP/GPA’s vision of a fully-validated credentialing process for members of the grant profession. She served as a leader in the AAGP committee to explore credentialing, and in September of 2003, Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) incorporated and she was one of the AAGP members that drafted the GPCI Articles of Incorporation. She was one of the original GPCI board officers and members.
A true dual-citizen of the grants world, Maryn holds membership in both Grant Professionals Association (for grantseekers) - and Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (for grantmakers), as well as several state nonprofit membership associations.
GPA will honor Maryn's contributions and present her the award at the 2020 GPA Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado on November 5 during the Awards Presentation.


2019 Award Recipient

Michael King Wells

The Grant Professionals Association, Grant Professionals Certification Institute, and Grant Professionals Foundation is proud to announce the 2019 Grant Professional Class of Distinguished Fellows Award Recipient. This year’s inductee is the late Michael King Wells of Portland, Oregon. 

The Grant Professionals’ Class of Distinguished Fellows recognizes and preserves the history of professional grant proposal writers, grant managers, and grant development professionals. The Grant Professionals Distinguished Fellows include individuals who have raised the level of awareness in the grant profession through their distinguished achievement and excellence or through their contributions to the grant profession in other fields of work.

Michael Wells was one of the association’s pioneers (member number 12), holding a Legacy membership status for 18 years before his death. He received national certification from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) in 2007. Michael served many organizations, both as a member of the board of directors and as a volunteer, to include: Grant Professionals Association, Grant Professionals Certification Institute, and Puget Sound Grantwriters Association. A few of the awards and honors he received are the Pauline Annarino Award from GPCI in 2009 and his local chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Michael shared his talents and skills in various books, articles, and resources throughout his career. As an expert in the profession, he wrote many articles for the Journal of the Grant Professionals Association, Charity Channel Press, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. He wrote three literature reviews for GPCI and created a curriculum beneficial to those employed by local governments, nonprofits, and school systems at Portland State University.

In addition to his contribution to the grants profession, Michael modeled a life devoted to social justice, ethics, and showcased a passion for the nonprofit sector and profession. The individuals that knew him, wanted to be like him when they “grew up”. He was a man of great principle, heart, intelligence, and kindness and personified the term “grant professional”. 

GPA honored Michael's contributions alongside his wife and some of his family at the 2019 GPA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on November 7 during the Opening Session and Awards Presentation. Pictured below (from left to right): Julie Asregadoo (daughter), Chloe Jahncke (granddaughter), Julie Lawrence (wife), Justin Jahncke (grandson), and Maya Wells (daughter).