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The 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 educational enrichment, advocacy, networking, professional development, and support for grant seekers and grant writing professionals. 


  • Increase grant writers’ knowledge of grant writing terminology, techniques, strategies and resources.
  • Provide nonprofit organizations with the answers to their grant writing questions and  help them find qualified grant professionals.
  • Help grant writers and non-profit professionals stay connected to grant writing best practices and industry news.
  • Encourage grant writers to practice their profession with the highest ethical standards: integrity, honesty and truthfulness.
  • Encourage increased grant donations to the nonprofits in the lower Hudson Valley.


Founded in 2008, the Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson is a nonprofit grant writing education and advocacy organization operating in the lower Hudson Valley whose 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 breakfast meetings and largest listing of grant writing jobs and consulting opportunities.


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Photos of our members at recent Grant Professional of Lower Hudson events.

Upcoming events

    • December 02, 2019
    • 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Westchester Library System, 570 Taxter Road, 4th Floor, Elmsford, NY 10523

    Donor Advised Funds (DAF) are the fastest-growing charitable vehicle.  Come find out why.

    Our program will cover the basics including:

    What is a Donor Advised Fund?

    Why are they growing so fast?

    How can development offices include Donor Advised Funds in their fundraising strategy?

    How can you reach DAF managers and/or apply for a grant?


    11:30 am - 12:15 pm: Registration & Networking & Lunch

    12:15 - 12:30: Welcome and announcements

    12:30 - 1:30: Formal program

    1:30 - 2:00: Q&A and closing remarks



    Susan Edwards Colson, Estate Planning Attorney

    Susan Edwards Colson, Esq., CPA, is the principal of Edwards Colson Law, PLLC, a White Plains-based Trusts and Estates law practice. Her mission is to protect and maximize the financial resources, legal rights, and dignity of her clients, as well as their families and caregivers. She often works with individuals and families, businesses, and foundations to organize, strategize and maximize the impact of their philanthropic initiatives. She has worked extensively with charitable donors, both as a chief development officer and with the New York Community Trust’s suburban division, the Westchester Community Foundation.  She is a past board member of the Estate Planning Council of Westchester, Westchester Women’s Bar Foundation, as well as a past president of the Westchester Women’s Bar Association.  In 2016, she formed a nonprofit to preserve the Percy Grainger House and Workspace, an historic house in White Plains, and is working with its Centennial Committee. She is currently a board member of the Association of Development Officers and in that role, is co-chairing ADO’s 2020 Philanthropy Awards Breakfast.

    Laura Rotter, Financial AdviserLaura Rotter MBA, CFA, CFP®

    Laura I. Rotter, CFA, CFP is the founder of True Abundance Advisors, a fiduciary, fee-only financial planning firm for people navigating big life transitions and preparing for the next chapter of their lives. Laura believes that the accumulation of wealth is only a part of the financial planning process, and that true abundance comes from employing that wealth to do the things you most value. After many years of successfully managing money for institutional investors, Laura now partners with clients to achieve both financial security and life satisfaction.

    Laurence A. Pagnoni, Master Fundraiser and Author

    Laurence A. Pagnoni is a Master Fundraiser and Author. “It’s called development for a reason. It’s a process that can’t be rushed.” His weekly blog, “INFO” is read by over 22,000 readers. Laurence has never forgotten that the fundraiser’s product is the impact of the nonprofit’s programs and services. His passion is finding the sweet spot where strategy, outcomes, culture, and development meet to ignite a rocket under a nonprofit, which he has done for many organizations. Laurence has served as Executive Director for three successful nonprofits. Celebrating his 25th Anniversary as Chairman of LAPA Fundraising, Laurence gathers stellar consultants to serve a diverse client base. His recent book, The Nonprofit Fundraising Solution, was the first fundraising book to be published by the American Management Association and highly recommended by the Chronicle of Philanthropy. His new book teaches readers how to think about fundraising and will be published in 2020.

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