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:

9:30am – Board Meeting
11:00am – Registration and Networking
11:30am – Lunch
12:15pm – Program
1:45pm – Committee Meetings (optional)


Upcoming Events

In 2020, all chapter events will be held at the Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Center (400 S. State Street, Chicago IL).




Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 restrictions, GPA Chicago has postponed Grant Success 2020 to Thursday, September 17, 2020. The full-day conference will be held 9:00am-4:00pm. A revised lineup and new registration details will be available soon.


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Online webinar link details will be provided in a confirmation email. 


Future Event 

December 17, 2020: Favorite books and blogs.  Lunchtime meeting (11:30am-1:30pm)



Past 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.


May 17, 2019  Chapter Conference





February 15, 2019  Chapter Event: National Conference Round Up

Chicago chapter members provided summaries of some of the hottest topics from the national GPA conference and lead discussions on lessons learned.