Question Preview: Professional Certification: GPC and CFRE

We spent eight weeks this summer during #grantchat talking about the different competencies that are focused on and tested for grant professionals taking their GPC exam through the Grant Professionals Certificiation Institute.  With both of the #grantchat moderators, Diane and Jo, holding their GPCs, it is something that the #grantchat community knows they both feel brings a great deal of professional value to them individually.  Let’s be honest – not all professionals are sure of that value or the ROI that they will experience by going through the eligibility and testing process, not to mention that it is a credential which needs to be maintained through professional development and documentation of our individual work.

We are going to spend this week discussing the pros, cons, and barriers to the GPC as a professional certification as well as look at other professional certifications that nonprofit and fundraising professionals hold.  The GPC and CFRE are the two most common certifications held by nonprofit fundraising professionals, so we’ve teamed up with #fundchat (a weekly Twitter chat for fundraising professionals that covers ALL topics related to fundraising that is on Wednesday’s at 12pm ET) to talk about this topic during BOTH #grantchat this week and during #fundchat to see what similarities and differences the two communities have about the topic. We hope you join us for #grantchat this week, but also consider joining us on #fundchat this week as well.

If you have a blog post, e-book or other resource about grants administration and fiscal management of 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: Do you have your GPC? What is the value you find in having it? #grantchat

Q2: Have you considered dual certification/credential with CFRE or NGMAs certification? Why or why not? #grantchat

Q3: Have those w/ certification (GPC or other) noticed a salary increase after certifying? What are other benefits?#grantchat

Q4: Did the GPC process help sharpen your skills beyond what you learned through more experience “on the job?”#grantchat

Q5: For those that are development or nonprofit leaders: What does “GPC” on resume’ mean to you? #grantchat

Q6: When you learn that another professional has their GPC, does that change your perception of them? #grantchat

Q7: Does having a GPC benefit specific roles in the development/grant team more than others? Why? #grantchat

Q8: What other ways do you/can you demonstrate your commitment to the profession beside a certification? #grantchat

Q9: For those without a GPC or other professional credential/certification, what kept you from pursuing it? #grantchat

Q10: Even if you have the GPC, what did you find or do you think are barriers or downsides for the certification? #grantchat


Looking forward to having you join @jm_grants and @dianehleonard along with guest @fundchat this upcoming Tuesday, September 26th at 12pm ET!

(And don’t forget, you’ll find us on #fundchat this week as well talking about the value of professional competencies with the larger fundraising community!)


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