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MJCarey Consulting Awards

Grant Professional Certification (GPC)

The Board of Directors of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute confers the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) to 170 grant professionals as of March 7, 2008. Marsha J. Carey is among the first in the country to receive this professional certification. These professionals are "Grant Professional Certified," or "GPCs," and they have earned the exclusive right to use those terms after their name.

The Grant Professionals Certification Institute writes:

"To the public, grant writing is viewed as a technical skill that can be acquired with a few days training. Only to the dedicated professional is the activity that occurs between seeker and funder understood as well-defined process with accountability to the funder, the fund seeker and the consumer. Good grant professionals work between grant seeker and funder, using their skills to ensure a match between the seeker's capacity and the funder's mission. Good grant professionals conduct research and needs assessments, engage in strategic planning, fiscal planning, technical writing and evaluation, all within an ethical framework.

Everyone Benefits!

Private and public sector administrators/board members will have the knowledge and tools to

  • better assess an individual's knowledge-base, performance abilities, integrity and ethical standards as they relate to the grant development process
  • make informed decisions regarding the relevance of funding opportunities to programming and the actual needs of their constituents
  • have an enhanced capacity to identify, develop, implement, accomplish, evaluate and report on its goals
  • make optimum utilization of grantsmanship to further their organizations' mission

The funding community will

  • be better assured that the goals and programming put forth by grant seekers are indeed in alignment with the funders' goals, attainable and responsive to the needs of the program beneficiaries
  • see the relationship between funder, grant seeker and grant developer strengthened

Grant writers and grant developers will have a better understanding of

  • the role they play within an organization or entity
  • the programmatic skills and ethical standards required to be a grant professional

The field of grant development and management will

obtain a nationally recognized credential attesting to experience and qualification, affording it with the same benefits that the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential
  • affords the fund raising field
  • be recognized as a distinct accountable profession with its own skill sets and knowledge base
  • be positioned to guide the direction government takes toward regulation

Most importantly, the beneficiaries or constituents of philanthropy will have programs and services that more accurately reflect their needs."