The Chicago Area chapter typically provides four events per year in downtown Chicago that include networking and professional development. Our quarterly chapter meetings follow a set agenda:
Chapter events will be held online until at least mid-2021. Save the date for these virtual programs:
February 18, 2021: A Conversation on Ethics in Grants (see details)
April 29, 2021: Grant Success Conference
When in-person events resume, the chapter will meet at the Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Center (400 S. State Street, Chicago IL).
Upcoming 2021 programs
Thursday, February 18
Ethics for Grant Professionals
presented by Kathi Badertscher, PhD, Director of Graduate Programs at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
GPA Chicago’s first program of 2021 will be held virtually. The program will begin with 15 minutes of networking at 11:45am, followed by announcements and the presentation beginning at 12:10pm. Weaving Ethics Into Your Work as a Grant Professional will focus on the strong code of ethics grant professionals must follow and adhere to.
GPA Chicago Members : $10
Chapter program: Resources for Advancing Your Career
December 17, 2020
Bring your lunch, turn on your camera and get ready to expand your reading list! In this quarterly program, the Chicago Area GPA Program Chair will moderate a discussion with grant professionals from various industries and varying levels of experience about the books, blogs, podcasts and resources that are their sources for the latest information. Leave the meeting with a reading list of books that will help advance your career, build your knowledge and spur professional development.
Registration information coming soon.
Grant Success Conference
GPA Chicago’s Grant Success Conference 2020 was held virtually on Thursday, September 17, 2020. The full-day conference included a keynote, funder panel and two breakout sessions (total 4 breakouts). For program details, click here.
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GPA Chicago 2020 Lunch and Learn series
Our Lunch and Learn series is offered exclusively to GPA Chicago members as a membership benefit. Each program in the series will begin with a 15-minute lead discussion and a presentation followed by 15 minutes of topic-related Q&A. Serving as a way to build a social space for our grants community, this series can be especially helpful for single staff grant departments.
November 19, 2020: Personality in the Workplace
12:00 noon Room opens
Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Are you Myers-Briggs type ISTJ or ISTP? Or maybe ENFP or ENFJ? Where do you fit on the DiSC profile? What do these terms mean, anyway? Chapter Vice President Konnie Dulu will facilitate an open conversation on personality strengths and weaknesses and their impact on the workplace. Various personality tests and theories of personality type will be discussed.
Look for your members-only email to register for this online event.
Past Lunch and Learn topics and speakers
Nonprofit Consulting: Skills You Need to Succeed
with Kristin Raack, Principal, AltruNext
On August 13, members participated in a brief discussion about how to position yourself as a consultant-either solo or with a firm-as well as some of the legal and professional questions to consider.
Earning Your Grant Professional Certification
with Maureen Stabile, GPC
On July 9, members participated in a brief discussion about how the Grant Professional Certification can add value to your resume. Participants received an overview of the certification process as well as tips on how to pay for the GPC exam.
How to Use Social Media Effectively
with Amy Chmura, CFRE
On June 11, GPA Chicago members participated in a Lunch and Learn on How to Use Social Media Effectively. The brief discussion focused on how social media can be used in branding, fundraising and funder outreach.
with Konstandina Dulu, MA
On May 14, GPA Chicago chapter members learned how to prevent burnout by recognizing signs and using coping skills. Additional resources were provided.
Managing Stress While Working From Home
with Felicia Houston, MA, LCPC, CWA
On April 21, as professionals in the grants community and beyond began facing the challenge of COVID-19, GPA Chicago offered this free presentation offering tips on how to resolve excessive stress while working from home during #QuarantineLife and in the future.
Future Lunch and Learn topics
- August 13–Consulting
- October 8–Project Management
- November 19–Strengths/Weaknesses and Personality
Future Planned Event
December 17, 2020: Favorite books and blogs. Lunchtime meeting (11:30am-1:30pm)
Past In-Person Events
February 13, 2020: A Seat at the Table: Advocating for grants in your development plan.
Grant professionals bring unique skills and value to the fundraising profession. They are part of the broader fundraising landscape that encompasses the major gifts officer, annual appeal manager or events coordinator. Yet many grant professionals, and sometimes other development staff, do not consider them as fundraisers. Whether real or perceived, this divide among development teams can be bridged by making sure grant professionals are seated at the table when discussing fundraising strategies. We will hear from a panel of Development Directors on how to create a culture of collaboration which celebrates the similarities and differences of grant professionals and other fundraising positions.
For details on speakers and the meeting agenda, click here.
November 8, 2019 Chapter Event
Group viewing of GPA National Conference live stream. Free event for chapter members only.
Location: Oakton Community College
Check your inbox for the members-only invitation!
October 18, 2019 Chapter Event
Special guests Marcia Festen and Marianne Philbin shared their expertise on how nonprofit grant seekers can put their best foot forward to help a reviewer move their proposals through the review process successfully. Discussion will cover components of a proposal, how to help program officers quickly understand the impact of your organization, and tips to help prepare for and execute an effective site visit.
August 16, 2019 Chapter Event
“The Art of Storytelling: A Powerful Tool to Engage Funders” with Pon Angara of Barkada Circle Storytelling Studio, Crystal Robinson of Siragusa Family Foundation and Emily Dreke of Chicago Foundation for Women.