Question Preview: Ethical Practices in Grant Development

This is our fifth week in our eight part series where we are talking about the competencies evaluated by the Grant Professional Certification Institute.  The GPC credentialing process, or Grant Professional Certification, validates knowledge of and competency in the grants profession through education, experience, professional development, community involvement and a psychometrically sound examination. Unlike a certificate of completion, the GPC is not based upon the completion of an activity or course of study.

  • The creation of GPC was started by the Grant Professionals Association in 1999.
  • The first GPC exams were offered in 2007. Since 2012, the GPC exam is  available through electronic testing.
  • As of December 2013, there are 346 GPCs in 43 of the United States and Ecuador.

Within this competency, grant professionals are expected to have knowledge of ethical practices in grant development.

Looking for some more information about this competency? Here is a little pre-reading on Competency 5 from Heather Stombaugh, GPC (@HeatherJWS) as part of the recent GPC Competency Linky Party.

If you have a blog post, e-book or other resource about organizational development and grants that you would like to share with the Grantchat community be sure to have your link ready and share it during the chat!

Q1: When we say the words ‘ethical grant writing,’ what is the first thing that comes to mind? #grantchat

Q2: How do you identify characteristics of business relationships that result in conflicts of interest or give the appearance of conflicts of interest? #grantchat

Q3: What circumstances do you think could mislead stakeholders, have an appearance of impropriety, profit stakeholders other than the intended beneficiaries, and appear self-serving? #grantchat

Q4: How do you identify the effects of choices that foster or suppress cultural diversity and pluralistic values? #grantchat

Q5: How do you distinguish between truthful and untruthful or accurate and inaccurate representations in grant development including research & writing? #grantchat

Q6: How do you identify issues, effects, and countermeasures pertinent to grant professionals’ individual heritages, backgrounds, knowledge and experiences as they may affect the grant development process? #grantchat

Q7: How do you handle the situation of a funding source that may present conflicts of interest for specific grant seekers and applicants? #grantchat

Q8: How do you maintain informational integrity when accessing and communicating information that may be considered privileged, proprietary, or confidential? #grantchat

Q9: How do you identify any unethical and illegal expenditures in a budget? #grantchat

Q10: What do you think is the “bottom line” for new grant professionals to consider related to ethical practices? #grantchat


Looking forward to having you join @jm_grants and @dianehleonard along with guest @HeatherJWS this upcoming Tuesday, August 19th at 12pm ET!


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