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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

    • 12/07/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    AI can be a great time saver, but it is important to understand how it works and how to protect your organization. This session will explore how AI works, how to use it safely and effectively and clear up common misconceptions. What ethical, privacy, and intellectual property issues you should be thinking of now? What guardrails, policies, and procedures should your organization be putting into place to protect yourself and your clients?


    Afua Bruce, Principal, ANB Advisory Group LLC. Afua Bruce is a leading public interest technologist who works at the intersection of technology, policy, and society. She is the Principal of the ANB Advisory Group LLC, a consulting firm that supports organizations developing, implementing, or funding responsible data and technology. With her background in software engineering, data science, and artificial intelligence, combined with experience developing and deploying technology in and with communities, Afua incorporates an equity-based framework into her engagements.

    Afua is an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University and an affiliate at Harvard Kennedy School’s Berkman Klein Center. Afua’s newest book, The Tech That Comes Next: How Changemakers, Technologists, and Philanthropists Can Build an Equitable World, describes how technology can advance equity. Previous work experience includes Director of Engineering, Public Interest Technology for New America, Chief Program Officer for DataKind, Data Strategy Lead for the FBI and Executive Director of the White House Science and Technology Council. Afua has a degree in Computer Engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

    Philip Deng, Cofounder and CEO, Grantable. Philip is the Co-founder and CEO of Grantable, a world-class grant writing assistant for any organization, powered by AI. Philip devised the prototype from 15 years of experience working with grant-funded organizations in the nonprofit sector around the globe.

    Margit Brazda Poirier, GPC, Owner, Founder, Grants for Good. Margit Brazda Poirier, GPC, M.S., founded Grants4Good LLC® in 2009. She and her team have written and received millions in grants from federal, state, foundation, and corporate sources – and she has the unique perspective of understanding both grant seeking and grant making, given her experience leading a prominent New York foundation. Margit’s passion is public speaking, training, and teaching others in this incredible field through her self-paced online course and through custom coaching. Margit holds a B.A. from Colgate University and a M.S. from State University of New York. She is based in Rochester, NY where she lives with her husband and son and spends as much time outdoors as possible.


    • 11:45 am: Announcements & Networking
    • 12 noon – 1 PM: Program


    • Non-members: $25
    • Members: FREE! Join GPLH today and attend this event for free!

    ZOOM link will be sent to registrants.

    • 12/13/2023
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • ZOOM

    Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson is hosting a writing support session via ZOOM to discuss the mechanics and actual writing of the grant application for Impact100 Westchester's 2024 application.

    Impact100 has a new, streamlined process this year which skips the initial proposal they required in the past.  Grant applications are due 1/26/24.

    GPLH is providing the session as a free community service to Westchester County nonprofits. Part of our mission is to help increase the likelihood of grants being funded. The session is being held independently of Impact100 Westchester. The session is not “mandatory” and participation will not influence Impact100 Westchester’s review of your application.

    The workshop will be led by Joanne Stewart, Owner/President of Goodworks Advisory Group, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in Grant Writing, Marketing and Communications, and Board Development for nonprofit organizations. Joanne is currently GPLH Secretary, and is also a GPLH founding Board Member and Past President.

    • 12/14/2023
    • 8:30 AM - 9:30 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.

    • 01/10/2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    *Held in conjunction with Association of Development Officers

    Successful grant proposals often incorporate persuasive and inspiring storytelling supported by a clear budget. However, there are grant applications that require the articulation of systemic interventions, especially when the targeted audience is historically marginalized and underserved communities.

    The importance of infusing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in grant writing serves to identify the complex and multiple needs of underserved populations and proposing culturally and linguistically relevant strategies that can lead to positive outcomes for all involved stakeholders.

    This session will review the DEI expectations of funders and how grant writers can incorporate DEI into their professional practice. This session will also discuss the integration of theory for structuring and navigating the intersections of DEI and grant writing.


    Maria Dautruche, CAP®, Consultant; Founder, Principal, the dopwell group LLC. Maria is the founder of the dopwell group llc. She has served as the inaugural director of the Westchester Center for Racial Equity at the YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester, and manager of Race Forward’s H.E.A.L. Together (Honest Education Action & Leadership) initiative. Before taking on these roles, Maria was a senior advisor to the president and CEO of the National Urban League (NUL) after successful tenure on staff at the national civil rights organization as a vice president. In addition to managing a portfolio of funding partnerships, Maria managed special projects at NUL, including the organization’s participation in the Racial Equity Anchor Collaborative, 2020 census initiatives and COVID-19 Communities of Color Needs Assessment.

    Maria previously worked at the Smithsonian Institution, National Black Child Development Institute, New York Edge (formerly Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation) and Wave Hill. Maria is currently a Culture of Health Leadership Institute for Racial Healing fellow, a certified Grief to Gratitude coach, trained Rx Racial Healing circle facilitator, 2018 Independent Sector NGen Fellow and 2017 92Y Women in Power Fellow. She also completed Yale School of Management’s Interpersonal Group Dynamics facilitator training. In 2004, Maria co-founded New Voices for Reproductive Justice—a powerful organizing force for the health and well-being of Black women and girls, women of color and LGBTQ+ people of color at the local, state (Pennsylvania and Ohio) and national levels.

    Jeffrey Winthal, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Foundation Relations, United Way of Westchester and Putnam. Jeff is a Yonkers native with 13 years of grant writing experience developing and submitting proposals for foundations and local, state, and federal agencies. He is currently the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Foundation Relations at the United Way of Westchester and Putnam and oversees all grant proposal development and submissions. Prior to joining the United Way, he worked as a program evaluator assessing PreK-16 educational projects and an adjunct professor at Binghamton University’s Social Work department teaching research methods and program evaluation courses. While having graduated with a MA in psychology from Iona University, Jeff is a PhD candidate at Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs completing his dissertation to understand how community navigators assist undocumented immigrants during the provision of community-based resources.

    In his extracurricular time, he co-chairs a staff-led Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at the United Way, is a member of the Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson, and a board director at Ossining Padres Hispanos. He lives in Putnam Valley with his wife and 2 young daughters and strives to perfect his lasagna recipe.


    • 11:45 am: Announcements & Networking
    • 12 noon – 1 PM: Program


    • Non-members: $25
    • Members: FREE! Join GPLH today and attend this event for free!
    • 03/07/2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Zoom

    Have you ever struggled to develop a grant budget that helps the competitiveness of your application while also serving your organization’s programmatic and financial needs? Have you ever wondered how much of your grant helps your organization’s bottom line? Or have you ever become confused by wonky terms like total employment cost, match, cost share, in-kind, overhead, or indirect cost? If any of the above is true, this webinar is for you.

    Topics will include projects versus programs, cash versus in-kind, match/cost share, overhead and indirect costs, accounting for personnel and volunteer costs, aligning grant budgets with the applicant’s programmatic and financial needs, and calculating the net gain of the grant versus the applicant’s organizational operating budget.


    Eric Roth, Associate Director of Development and Grants, Mohonk Preserve. Eric Roth has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit and fundraising work. He currently holds the position of Associate Director of Development and Grants at Mohonk Preserve, where he has been since 2012. Eric has also worked as Grant Writer for Orange County Community College (SUNY Orange) and as an intermittent contract grant writer for Choice Words, LLC. Eric currently serves as Board Member/Mentoring Program Chair for GPLH and has been a grant reviewer with the New York State Archives.

    Prior to becoming a grants professional, Eric worked for Historic Huguenot Street, first as Archivist/Librarian and then as Executive Director. He has also taught undergraduate history classes at SUNY New Paltz. He is also a freelance classical guitarist and contributes to the Mid-Hudson Valley music community by serving as Board President of the Poné Ensemble for New Music and as Board Member of the Mid-Hudson Classical Guitar Society. Eric holds a master’s degree in Library Science from SUNY Albany.


    • 11:45 am: Announcements & Networking
    • 12 noon – 1 PM: Program


    • Non-members: $25
    • Members: FREE! Join GPLH today and attend this event for free!

Past events

10/19/2023 Meet the Funders
10/04/2023 GPLH Connections Call Oct. 4
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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