GPA Chicago hosts 4 events per year that are open to the public, plus members-only lunch and learn networking sessions. Here are the event dates for 2022.
- Thursday, February 10 (virtual lunchtime meeting)
- Friday, April 29 (in person, all-day conference)
- Thursday, September 22 (virtual lunchtime meeting)
- Thursday, December 8 (virtual lunchtime meeting)
To join our mailing list and receive event invitations, please email a request to ChicagoGPA@gmail.com
December 9, 2021: (in-person) Holiday Social
Thursday, September 16
The Costs of Realizing Your Nonprofit Mission
presented by Alicia Schatteman, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies
GPA Chicago’s September program was held virtually. The Costs of Realizing Your Nonprofit Mission focused on the role of charity watchdogs and the media, how nonprofits are responding to scrutiny, and a path forward requiring donor education, advocacy, and boldness to talk about true costs of service delivery including fundraising.
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 was held virtually. Weaving Ethics Into Your Work as a Grant Professional focused on the strong code of ethics grant professionals must follow and adhere to.
GPA Chicago Members : $10
GPA Chicago Lunch and Learn series
Our Lunch and Learn series began in 2020 and 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.
2021 Lunch and Learn topics and speakers
GPA Chicago Book Club
with Peggy Reins, GPA Chicago Board Member
On October 14, GPA Chicago members participated in our first Book Club. Peggy Reins, GPA Chicago Board Member, facilitated a discussion of Edgar Villanueva’s book, Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance.
Making Meetings Productive
with Amy Chmura, CFRE, PMP
On August 12, GPA Chicago members discussed techniques and steps to make meetings inspiring, meaningful and productive rather than leaving the whole room wishing they were somewhere else.
Earning a Professional Certification
with Fran Hackler, CAE, CFRE
On July 8, GPA Chicago members enjoyed learning how a professional certification can add value to their career trajectory and resume. Participants received a brief overview of some popular certifications held by grant professionals, specifically the CFRE, GPC, PMP and CAE. The discussion also explored tips on how to pay for applications and study for exams.
Lessons Learned at GRANT SUCCESS 2021
with Maureen Stabile, GPC
On May 13, members discussed how to apply lessons learned at the recently held GRANT SUCCESS conference on topics including: community-centric fundraising, storytelling, grant readiness, and foundation relations.