Five people with ideas about shaping the future of their profession organized their thoughts and their peers to form the Grant Professionals Association. GPA is the first organization focused solely on the advancement of grantsmanship as a profession and the support of its practitioners. (Read our Mission Statement)
Since its inception in 1998, GPA has grown rapidly. With over 1,800 current members internationally, the opportunities and benefits of membership continue to attract people from all over the globe. In the spring of 2004, Birmingham, Alabama became the first city to form a local chapter. In the year following, additional chapters were formed. The process of local involvement and self determination is an important benefit of membership.
Member participation in national conferences held annually across the country has provided the practical fabric of a rapidly growing network of diverse grant professionals. Each year, GPA's conference provide timely and informative workshops, round-table discussions, member receptions, funder panels, vendor exhibits and the popular individual proposal review sessions are all available to registered attendees. Additionally, the opportunity to network with peers from around the globe, listen to the keynote address, and participate in the annual membership meetings ensure that possibilities abound at this exciting event.
Fostering a constant critical eye on the current state of the craft, the GPA Journal (published annually) provides a forum for book and article reviews, discussions on best practices, and scholarly examination of the state of the profession. The member’s electronic forum provides another venue for the exchange of ideas, issues, methodologies and other relevant discourse on a member-to-member basis.
For the long term, GPA continues to lead the efforts to establish a formal credentialing process. Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI) was formed as an affiliate organization to GPA for the purpose of overseeing the development of critical standards within an ethical framework that will help define the future of grantsmanship.