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GRANT PROFESSIONALS OF LOWER HUDSON

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. 

WHAT WE DO

  • 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.

OUR MISSION

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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MEmber BENEFITS

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


Upcoming events

    • 04/22/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom Link sent day before event
    Register

    Demystifying Budgets: Building Budgets for Foundation Requests

    Speaker: Lauren Belaustegui Ohlin, MA, GPC Director of Grants, Washoe County School District, Reno, NV

    Your budget must be as clear, concise, and compelling as your narrative.  The budget should demonstrate your organization has the capacity to deliver and manage funds. A budget that raises eyebrows or questions is NOT the ticket to success.

    Learn from a pro how to build straightforward budgets and what to include in a budget narrative.

    Our presenter will take us through the budget-writing process step-by-step with many examples to review.

    About our speaker: Lauren Ohlin has worked for non-profits, colleges, and a public school and raised more than $65 million annually.  She was named Sierra AFP Chapter Outstanding Fundraising Professional in 2011 and received the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators State Leadership Award in 2019.  She has delivered grant-focused presentations both regionally and nationally, including a Budget Seminar at the Grant Professionals Association, GPA, annual conference in 2019.

    Schedule:

    • 11:45 am: Announcements & Networking
    • 12 - 1:15 pm: Program

    Cost:

    • Non-members: $25
    • Members: Free!

    Join GPLH today and attend this event as well as our next webinar in June ("Grant Prospect Research: How to Find Grants with Lydia Howie") for FREE!

    Members can also attend our regular Members-Only Grant Connections Calls. (Next Call is May 5 at 9:30 am.)

    • 06/24/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (EDT)
    • via Zoom
    Register

    Grant Prospect Research: Finding Grants 


    Speaker: Lydia Howie, MS, GPC. President/Grant Writing Consultant, Howie Marketing & Consulting; GPLH

    Founding President and 2021 Fundraising Co-Chair.

    As grant writers we know that 30% of the grant writing process is spent on searching for good funding potentials. It is not uncommon to review 10-15 opportunities before we find one viable foundation or corporate funder.

    Lydia researches a minimum of 3 hours daily and in this webinar she will share her secrets for finding and vetting foundation, corporate, and other grant potentials. She will share her knowledge of popular grant seeking databases (e.g., Foundation Center Online, Instrumental, Grant Watch, Grant Station) and her favorite Grant Alerts (RFP e-blasts) that typically promote current RFPs. She will provide other funding opportunities to consider (e.g., local companies, United Way, service clubs, fraternal associations, trade associations, faith-based orgs). Plus, she will provide tips on how best to vet a funding source, increasing your likelihood of receiving funding. Attendees will receive a handy “Vetting Checklist.”    

    About Lydia Howie, MS, GPC

    Lydia Howie has been a grants consultant since 1999. Prior, she was Director of the Association of Development Officers, Executive Director of The Volunteer Center of Westchester, and Marketing Director of Jefferson Valley Mall. She has raised over $40 million dollars for her clients who represent dozens of missions. She possesses an M.S. in Marketing Communications from Iona College, B.A. in Communication Arts from the College of New Rochelle, and a Grant Professional Certification (GPC) from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute. She founded the Grants Professionals of Lower Hudson in 2008.  Ms. Howie has received numerous awards and recognition including Presidential Award for a Desert Storm fundraiser; the Visiting Nurse Association of Hudson Valley’s first Corporate Service Award; Association of Development Officers’ 2007 Peter J. Gallagher Award for Leadership & Service; and the Grant Professional Certification Institute’s 2019 Pauline G. Annarino Award, the grant writing industry’s highest national honor for impact on the grant writing industry and profession

    Schedule:

    • 11:45 AM: Announcements & Networking
    • 12 - 1:15 PM: Program

    Cost:

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