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The Grants Cafe is a free professional development group for everyone with an interest in learning about grants. During the pandemic, the meetings are held virtually on the last Wednesday of the month from 12-1 PM, except for August and December, when we take a break. We invite speakers, including funders, to discuss "hot grant topics" such as career/business opportunities, grant proposal development, building proposal budgets, current trends in philanthropy, grants management, development planning, grant dilemmas, and more. You can expect to meet new people at all experience levels who share a passion for grants to support nonprofit causes and our communities. Everyone is welcome to contribute questions, discussion points, and suggested topics and speakers between meetups. The Grants Cafe has grown to over 700 members since 2016. We are able to offer the meetings free of charge through business sponsorships that pay the meetup.com fees. 

Upcoming events (4+)

Grants Cafe: GPA Annual Conference Panel

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GPA ANNUAL CONFERENCE PANEL, Nov 30, 2022, 12:00-1:00 PM, Zoom. Grants Cafe Facilitators will share our favorite takeaways from the Grant Professionals Association Annual Conference held in Louisville, KY (and online) on November 2-5, 2022.

Grants Cafe Panel Presentations

Melissa Firman: Manager, Foundation and Government Grants, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Ø The Power of Sustainability: Continuing Your Org’s Good Works

Susan Jablow, GPC: Grants Coordinator, Jewish Family and Community Services
Ø Two Bachelor Fanatics: A Case Study in What the Franchise Will Teach You About the Grant Profession

Laura Saulle: Principal, Laura Saulle Consulting, LLC, and Associate, Procopia Nonprofit Consulting
Ø Grant Writing as Activism: Funding Movements for Social Change

Katherine FH Heart, GPC, M.Ed.: Owner, Heart Resources, LLC and Panel Facilitator (time permitting)
Ø Developing a Social Media Presence for Consultants and Organizations

Ø GPA Conference-How non-attendees can access the presentation recordings

More than 1,200 grant professionals attend this premier professional development and networking opportunity. Whether attending in person or virtually, it is a "complete conference experience" with exhibitors, a silent auction, happy hours, and networking sessions.

The Grants Cafe meets on the LAST WEDNESDAY of the month, except in July and December, when there are no meetings. Topics and guest speakers will be posted by mid-month. Please suggest issues you'd like to discuss, and check back as we update monthly events. Thank you!

Grants Cafe

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The Grants Cafe meets on the LAST WEDNESDAY of the month, except July and December when there are no meetings. Topics and guest speakers will be posted by mid-month. Please suggest issues you'd like to discuss, and be sure to check back regularly as we update monthly events. Thank you!

Grants Cafe

Location visible to members

The Grants Cafe meets on the LAST WEDNESDAY of the month, except July and December when there are no meetings. Topics and guest speakers will be posted by mid-month. Please suggest issues you'd like to discuss, and be sure to check back regularly as we update monthly events. Thank you!

Grants Cafe

Location visible to members

The Grants Cafe meets on the LAST WEDNESDAY of the month, except July and December when there are no meetings. Topics and guest speakers will be posted by mid-month. Please suggest issues you'd like to discuss, and be sure to check back regularly as we update monthly events. Thank you!

Past events (75)

October Grants Café: "Behind the RFP" with the United Way

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