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Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing fundraising and philanthropy in the lower Hudson Valley through the advancement of grantsmanship. We build and support the non-profit community by providing grant writing education, professional development, advocacy, networking, and support for grant seekers and grant writing professionals.

GPLH members possess skills that go beyond “writing grants.” We are grant strategists. In addition to grant writing, our skill-sets include strategic thinking; prospect and field research; funder cultivation; annual grant planning; logic model and program work preparation; data collection; and nonprofit leadership development. Our professional backgrounds include private grant consultants, Development Directors, Executive Directors, and any other nonprofit role connected to grant-related funding.


  • Increase knowledge of grant writing strategies, techniques, resources, and terminology. *GPLH is a GPCI Accepted Education provider. Learn more here.
  • Provide nonprofit organizations with answers to their questions about grant seeking.
  • Help organizations find qualified grant professionals to assist with all aspects of grant writing including planning; finding funders; review of existing proposals; editing; preparing full proposals.

  • Connect grant strategists and non-profit professionals to best practices and industry news.

  • Encourage grant strategists to practice their profession with the highest ethical standards: integrity, honesty and truthfulness.

Through these efforts, we seek to improves lives by increasing the amount of grant revenues nonprofits in our area receive.


Founded in 2008, Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson is a nonprofit grant writing education and advocacy organization operating in the lower Hudson Valley.

Our mission is to provide educational opportunities for those involved or interested in the fields of fundraising, specifically grant writing; promote high ethical grant writing standards; and raise public awareness and interest in philanthropy and charitable giving.

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  Association with region's premier grant writing education organization.

  Seasoned professionals to answer your grant writing questions and provide guidance.

  Attendance at quarterly educational meetings and largest listing of grant writing jobs and consulting opportunities.


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Upcoming events

    • 10/04/2023
    • 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • virtual

    *GPLH Connections Calls are a MEMBERS ONLY benefit.

    We are here for you!  Let's Connect!

    Every other month we host a 60-minute members-only Zoom meeting. Stay on as long as you like -- from 5 to 60 minutes.  Ask questions, share industry news, and listen and learn. We support each other!

    These calls are informal meetings, an open forum where you can ask questions, get advice from your peers, vent frustrations, support one another, and share what trends we are seeing: In short, help each other Win More Grants!


    Join GPLH and then you are welcome to participate in Connections Calls. 

    Zoom link will be emailed to all GPLH members.

    For more info or to submit questions ahead of time: email info.gplh@gmail.com.

    • 10/19/2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • 360 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains

    Meet the Funders, held in partnership with the Association of Development Officers

    Registration required. Free admission courtesy of Con Edison.


    Event will be livestreamed and recorded, for those who cannot attend in person, courtesy of Corporate Audio Visual Services.

    Join us to hear from a panel of foundation and corporate program officers to learn how you can strengthen your applications and your relationships with funders. Meet the Funders is your chance to hear directly from the people who read the grants we submit. Panelists will share what stands out in a proposal, pet peeves, how they are considering AI, and much more.

    After the moderator engages with panelists, there will time for general audience questions. You are welcome to submit questions ahead of time to: info.GPLH@gmail.com



    Alison Paul, GPLH Co-President; Principal, Alison Paul Grant Writing & Consulting


    Susan Abbott, Director of Grant Programs, ArtsWestchester

    Sue has an extensive background in grants management and nonprofit administration and is currently the Director of Grant Programs at ArtsWestchester where she oversees a $2+ million grantmaking budget supporting artists and organizations in Westchester and Rockland Counties. She holds an MFA in Performing Arts Management, previous professional experience includes Business Manager of Miller Theatre at Columbia University, Contracts Manager at United Scenic Artists Local 829 and General Management Assistant at New York City Center. Sue is committed to supporting artists and cultural groups in the lower Hudson Valley and welcomes the opportunity to forge new connections and foster cultural development and growth.

    Liza Primeau, Managing Director of Programs, Mother Cabrini Health Foundation

    Liza leads the grantmaking team at the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation as the Managing Director of Programs. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector and 16 years in philanthropy. Prior to joining MCHF, Liza was Senior Philanthropic Advisor at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) where she worked with individuals, foundations, and corporations to launch foundations, design grantmaking strategies, develop operating plans, and implement philanthropic programs. Liza has experience building and developing programs in a broad array of issue areas including health, education, housing, human services, and social justice. Prior to joining RPA, Liza began her career at the American Institutes of Research in Washington, DC focusing on education research, followed by philanthropic advising at The Philanthropic Initiative at The Boston Foundation in Boston, MA. Liza graduated with a BA in Communications and History from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA. She lives in Westchester with her husband and two young daughters.

    Kara McLoughlin D’Angelo, Executive Director, Patrina Foundation

    Kara McLoughlin is the executive director of the Patrina Foundation, a three-generation family foundation supporting girls’ and women’s social and educational programming. She brings to this panel financial analysis, marketing, and advertising acumen, and her ability for bringing people together garnered from her years in the financial services, philanthropy, and many hours of volunteering with community nonprofits and alumni associations. Most recently, Kara launched a podcast called SHE the Change and was elected to the Pelham Town Council. She graduated from Duke University and holds an MBA from Columbia University. She lives in Pelham, NY with her husband and two children. Her stepdaughter is an ADA in New York City.

    Tara Seeley, Senior Program Officer, Westchester Community Foundation

    Tara Seeley has been with WCF since 2016. She is responsible for the Foundation’s grantmaking programs in the areas of workforce development and job placement, community development, access, social justice, and conservation and environment. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was a program officer at the Central Indiana Community Foundation. She has held professional and volunteer leadership positions in Montgomery County, MD, and Indianapolis, IN, in community development, with a focus on affordable housing and economic and workforce development.

    She holds a J.D./M.Div. degree from Vanderbilt University and a B.A. from Sewanee: The University of the South.

    In her spare time Tara is taking classes at New York Botanical Garden, exploring the many wonders of New York City and Westchester County, and enjoying time in Brooklyn with her two sons and their families.

    Sybil St. Germain, Market Administrator/Manager, KeyBank

    Sybil St. Germain is a native New Yorker who grew up in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. She went to college back in the U.S. and then started her career as a television producer at MTV Networks. She also studied film production at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

    Following Haiti’s earthquake in 2010, Sybil spearheaded a fundraiser with help from Robert Sillerman, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the then President of Haiti, Rene Paval, for medical supplies, food, and essentials. They raised $8 million.

    Currently a Market Administrator/Manager at KeyBank, Sybil helps identify organizations and nonprofits to sponsor in the Metro New York and Hudson Valley, helping LMI communities. Throughout the years, her volunteer service has included volunteer training at Gallop NYC; collaborating with Doc to Dock, a nonprofit bringing medical supplies and doctors to borders; volunteering at The Bowery Mission; and mentoring young adults at Lakay se Lakay in Haiti.

    Through her love of caring for others, Sybil enjoys mentoring the youth and raising funds to help underserved countries.

Past events

08/02/2023 GPLH Connections Call Aug. 2
07/12/2023 Giving Tuesday: Yay or Nay?
06/08/2023 Should I or Shouldn't I? Is It Worthwhile to Obtain Credentials?
06/01/2023 GPLH Connections Call June 1
05/09/2023 MacKenzie Scott Open Call Help Session
04/19/2023 GPLH Connections Call April 19
03/09/2023 Put Your Best Foot Forward: Preparing for Site Visits
02/01/2023 GPLH Connections Call February 1
01/26/2023 Measuring Outcomes
12/07/2022 GPLH Connections Call December 7
12/01/2022 Ethical Grant Management
11/02/2022 Virtual Breakfast for Consultants and Consultants-To-Be
09/28/2022 GPLH Connections Call September 28
09/22/2022 The NonProfit Audit with Beth Zolkind
06/22/2022 Virtual Breakfast for Consultants and Consultants-To-Be
06/01/2022 GPLH Connections Call June 1
05/19/2022 How’d You Find That Funder? Grant Prospecting Strategies that Will Blow your Boss’s Mind.
04/06/2022 GPLH Connections Call April 6
03/31/2022 Make It "Worth 1000 Words" - Maximizing Effectiveness of Your Graphics and Tables
02/02/2022 GPLH Connections Call
01/20/2022 GPLH Webinar: Using Social Media as Stewardship
12/01/2021 GPLH Grant Connections Call
11/18/2021 GPLH Webinar: Federal Grants
10/13/2021 Meet the Funders, October 13, 2021
07/07/2021 GPLH July Grant Connections Call
06/24/2021 GPLH Webinar: Grant Prospect Research
05/05/2021 Grant Connections Call
04/22/2021 GPLH Webinar: Demystifying Budgets
03/03/2021 Grant Connections Call
02/25/2021 GPLH Webinar: Building Relationships with Funders
12/03/2020 Grant Prospecting and Management Tools Webinar
06/17/2020 Inclusive Writing: Empowering Needs Statements & Proposals
03/20/2020 Technology Tools and Timesavers: Tips and resources to help you work more efficiently
12/02/2019 Lifting the Veil on Donor Advised Funds
06/24/2019 Summer Networking Cocktail Party
05/29/2019 Using Data to Craft Compelling Grant Proposals
02/28/2019 Answering the Sustainability Question!

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