Question Preview: Grant Funder Relationships

This is our seventh 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 7 from Mark Whitacre, GPC (@GoldstoneGrants) 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: How do you explain and engage colleagues in the theory and practice of maintaining grant funder relationships? #grantchat

Q2: How do you identify characteristics of mutually beneficial relationships between fund seekers and funders? #grantchat

Q3: How do you identify strategies to determine funder-relation approaches that suit fund-seeking entities’ missions, cultures, and values? #grantchat

Q4: How do you identify methods to help fund-seeking organizations create effective collaborations with other organizations appropriate to funders’ missions and goals? #grantchat

Q5: How do you identify methods of relationship cultivation, communication, recognition, and stewardship that might appeal to specific funders? #grantchat

Q6: How do you most effectively use social media for your grant funder relationship maintenance? #grantchat

Q7: How do you most effectively use site visits as part of your grant funder relationship maintenance? #grantchat

Q8: How do you manage the numerous grant funder relationships that all require your personalized attention? #grantchat

Q9: What are some relationship maintenance ideas that have either been a huge hit or more of a flop?  What did you learn from the experience? #grantchat

Q10: What do you wish you had known about grant funder relationships when you first started as a grant pro? #grantchat

Looking forward to having you join @jm_grants and @dianehleonard along with guest @GoldstoneGrants this upcoming Tuesday, September 2nd at 12pm ET!

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