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  • October 16, 2019 6:14 PM | Barbara Cervoni (Administrator)

    Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson is hosting two conference calls to discuss the mechanics and actual writing of the Impact100 Westchester Letter of Inquiry application. The LOI's are due 1/17/20.

    GPLH is providing these sessions as a free community service to Westchester County nonprofits. Part of our mission is to help increase the likelihood of grants being funded. These sessions are being held independently of Impact100 Westchester.

    The sessions are not “mandatory,” and participation will not influence Impact100 Westchester’s review of your application. However, over the past few years, many organizations whose grant writers or other staff members participated in one of the support sessions ended up as semifinalists and finalists. 

    The sessions 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.


    • Monday, December 11 at 8:30 AM
    • Wednesday, December 16 at 4:30 PM

    (*One session per participant please)

    TO REGISTER: Email Joanne Stewart at jstewart@goodworksadvisorygroup.com. Please include your name, agency, email address and the session you plan to participate in. The dial-in information and a copy of the questions will be sent to you prior to the conference call.

  • August 03, 2019 11:40 AM | Barbara Cervoni (Administrator)

    GPLH Board Member Alison Paul will be teaching Grant Writing Basics this fall, in Valhalla, NY, through the Continuing Education Department of Westchester Community College.

    The class covers the basics of how to write a strong grant proposal, with a close look at each section, especially needs, writing realistic measurable objectives, and evaluation. The curriculum covers core components of a strong proposal, letters of inquiry, letter proposals, and online grant applications.  The program includes how to find grants to apply for, do’s and don’ts, how to launch a grant writing career, and more. The culminating activity is putting on a "grant reviewer hat" and evaluating proposals written by peers.

    The class will meet from 6-9 pm on four Thursdays this October: 10/3, 10/10, 10/17 and 10/24.  There will be a short dinner break mid-way - no starving grant writers allowed!

    Details can be found in the fall 2019 WCC Workforce Development & Community Education catalogue. The course title is Grant Writing Basics, CE-GRANT 2000. It is listed in the catalog on page 5, under Careers in Business.


    • Phone: Registering by phone is the easiest method. Call 914-606-6830, then press 1.
    • Online: Find the course at  www.sunywcc.edu/My/WCC. You will need to create an account.

     For more info, contact Alison Paul at apaulconsultant@gmail.com.

    About the Instructor: Alison Paul is a fundraising consultant and freelance grant writer who has written grants for the arts, advocacy, children, the environment, human services, social justice, and other causes.  She assists clients with grant writing, prospect research, assessing grant readiness, editing, and creating fundraising plans and cases of support.  She was a grant writer for 10 years at the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, raising over $12 million. As Executive Director of the Pelham Art Center she was involved in all aspects of fundraising and management. She worked previously as Director of Education at the South Street Seaport Museum and The Hudson River Museum.  

  • July 17, 2019 6:27 PM | Barbara Cervoni (Administrator)

    Our regularly scheduled Grant Connections conference calls, held on the first Wednesday of every other month, are generally open to GPLH members only. However, our August call will be open to all grant professionals!

    The call will follow our usual format. There’s no planned speaker. It’s an open-forum discussion led by the GPLH members who have phoned in. One of our two Co-Presidents will moderate.

    It's a great networking opportunity and a chance to:

    • Get answers to your pressing questions
    • Run an idea past other grant writing professionals
    • Vent about a frustrating situation
    • Etc.......

    It's always an informal, 30 minute conference call. Call from your home, car or office. Stay on as long as you like: for 5 minutes or for the entire half hour. Just bring your questions or industry news and a cup of coffee.

    Join us in August! No need to RSVP. Just dial in:

    Date: Wednesday, August 7

    Time: 8:30 am

    Dial-In Number:  515-739-1403

    Access Code: 621-539

    Questions? Contact us at info.GPLH@gmail.com

  • June 27, 2019 6:25 PM | Barbara Cervoni (Administrator)

    We recently distributed a survey to GPLH members, seeking feedback about how we’re doing, and asking members what they need and want. In addition to receiving excellent ideas for future program topics, we learned a lot about who GPLH members are, and why they value our organization.

    We learned that our members:

    Would recommend GPLH to a friend or colleague: 100% of respondents agreed they would recommend that their friends and colleagues join GPLH.

    Have many years of experience: 57% of respondents have been writing grants for 11 years or more. Another 13% have 5-10 years experience.

    Have many other skills and are rich in experience: Many respondents are doing more than just grant writing. They are involved in a wide range of fundraising and related tasks, including Grants Management (71%), Special Events (32%), Marketing/Communications (32%), Individual Giving (21%) and Major Gifts (14%).

    Participate in other professional organizations: We asked whether our members are involved with other professional groups for grant writers or fundraisers, and many are: 63% belong to the Association of Development Officers, 47% are Association of Fundraising Professionals members, and 31% belong to the Grant Professionals Association.

    Respondents also shared specific comments explaining why GPLH membership is valuable:

    • GPLH offers important opportunities for professional skill development and valuable peer support.
    • The organization is run professionally.
    • Worthwhile to attend talks and for mutual support.
    • It is truly an asset and a resource. And the networking is powerful.
    • I attended my first in person workshop last week and it was really positive and great to meet other grant writers. The topic was very good too. I also attended one of the informal conference calls about 2 months ago and that was also very helpful to my job, I got some helpful tips.
    • Great resources, job bank, good networking.
    • Wealth of information and good networking with other professionals.
    •  GPLH is a terrific resource for grant writers, for networking; members have a lot expertise they are willing to share.
  • May 27, 2019 8:48 PM | Barbara Cervoni (Administrator)

    A big congratulations to the recently announced 2019 IMPACT100 WESTCHESTER winners, many of whom were assisted by GPLH members!

    We are delighted to report that Gilda's Club Westchester was one of the three $100,000 transformational project grant winners, for their proposal in support of a Teen Cancer Center. Gilda's Club Westchester is a client of Howie Marketing & Consulting, the firm owned and operated by Lydia Howie, GPLH founder and current Co-President.

    The other two Transformational Project Grant Winners ($100,000 each) were:

    • Make the Road New York: Immigrant Families Center @ La Casa Azul
    • Westchester Jewish Community Services (also a GPLH member): The Center Lane Pride Program.

    Three Core Mission Grants ($12,333 each) were awarded to:

    • Lifting Up Westchester: Pathways to Self Sufficiency (client of Howie Marketing & Consulting)
    • YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester: Sister’s Village Economic Development Program (another Howie client)
    • Hudson Valley Community Services: Project Reach Out Van Replacement. (HVCS participated in a GPLH members IMPACT100 training session.)

    Also: A $15,000 Focus Area Grant, given for the first time this year, was awarded to Prison Communities International: Rehabilitation Through The Arts

    A HUGE congrats to all the nonprofit winners, and the amazing GPLH members who helped make it happen! And thank you to IMPACT100 WESTCHESTER for being such a wonderful supporter of these important programs helping residents of Westchester County.

  • May 05, 2019 6:20 PM | Barbara Cervoni (Administrator)

    GPLH is happy to announce that two of our member organizations - Westchester Jewish Community Services and Howie Marketing & Consulting - have submitted 4 of the 6 grant proposals chosen as finalists in the Impact100 Westchester competition.

    The six finalists vying for three $100,000 awards are:

    Submitted by WJCS:

    • WJCS: The Center Lane Pride Program (LGBTQ program)

     Submitted by Howie Marketing and Consulting:

    • Gilda's Club Westchester: Teen Cancer Center (construction to build dedicated space)
    • Lifting Up Westchester : Pathways to Self-Sufficiency (housing & vocational services for the homeless)
    • YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester: Sister’s Village Economic Development Program (women's empowerment program)

     Other Finalists:

    • Hudson Valley Community Services: Project Reach Out (PRO) Van Replacement
    • Make the Road New York: Immigrant Families Center @ La Casa Azul

    The three runners-up will receive unrestricted Core Mission Grants of $12,333 each.

    Best of luck to all the finalists, and special congratulations to GPLH members Westchester Jewish Community Services and Howie Marketing & Consulting!

  • April 13, 2019 12:34 PM | Barbara Cervoni (Administrator)

    We hope to see you at the Not-For-Profit Leadership Summit XVII on Monday, May 6, 2019 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown.

    Presented by United Way of Westchester and Putnam and The Business Council of Westchester, this annual conference is dedicated to building professional and volunteer excellence in the purpose-driven organizations of Westchester and Putnam. It's a full day of informative workshops. Some will be eligible for continuing ed credits for Social Workers, CPAs, and Certified Fund Raising Executives.

    Click here for details and to register.

    GPLH will have a table at the Summit.

    Be sure to stop by to say hello!

    Also: Bring along friends or colleagues who are not yet GPLH members.  For that day only, we’ll be offering a Membership Special for $50 which will include full membership benefits through this calendar year, expiring Dec. 31, 2019.

    Through our Member Referral program, if you refer a new member who joins that day, you’ll receive a $10 gift card as our thank you.

  • March 11, 2019 11:34 AM | Barbara Cervoni (Administrator)

    In honor of International Grants Professionals Day (March 8, 2019) GPLH invited members to share their unique grant writing stories for a chance to win a free GPLH membership. Members were asked to tell us about a heartwarming grant story, or a success they were most proud of.

    All of our members do great things, so choosing a winner was hard! Nevertheless, we are happy to share the winning entry from Maria Smith Dautruche:

    As the Grants Officer at Sports and Arts in Schools Foundation (now New York Edge), I wrote 21st Century Community Learning Center grants to support out-of-school time funding in NYC public schools. Many were funded and renewed. What I didn't expect was the opportunity to make history - collaborating in writing the winning proposal for the first 21st CCLC grant to service a NYCHA residence.

    Still, my greatest source of pride was winning grant funds to support much-needed out-of-school time funding for programs in my hometown of Mount Vernon, NY, renewable for up to 5 years -  expanding the organization's service area and serving families I knew personally.  To this day, seeing children on Gramatan Avenue or Lincoln Avenue wearing SASF t-shirts and knapsacks brings me such tremendous joy! We win grants that can really change the course of people's lives. I hope we find great fulfillment, motivation, and pride in that possibility and potential.

    Congratulations to Maria on receiving her free GPLH membership! And congratulations to all of our members for the fantastic work they do every day!

  • March 07, 2019 11:45 AM | Barbara Cervoni (Administrator)

    GPLH had a strong presence at the Association of Development Officers’ 2019 Philanthropy Awards Breakfast, which was held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill. As always, it was a wonderful event, and a terrific opportunity to interact with fellow fundraising professionals and pay tribute to those honored for their outstanding achievements.

    We are happy to share a couple of photos from the event:

    (L - R) GPLH members Terri Eberle Katz, Lisa Kaurich, Nancy Keane, Stephanie Russo, Adie Shore, Tia Levinson, Lisa Keogh, Joanne Stewart and Laura Silberstein.

    (L - R) Lisa Keogh, GPLH Co-President and Nancy Keane, Vice President, present Joanne Stewart with a gift to acknowledge her exemplary service as GPLH president from 2017-2019.

  • March 02, 2019 10:41 AM | Barbara Cervoni (Administrator)

    Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson has partnered with the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) to celebrate the fifth annual International Grant Professionals Day on March 8, 2019.

    International Grant Professionals Day increases international awareness of the work grant professionals perform, and celebrates the work of grant professionals who serve as administrators, consultants, managers, grant-makers and writers.

    Every day, grant professionals work diligently, usually behind the scenes, to seek grant opportunities, administer projects and implement important programs for the benefit of society’s disadvantaged and underserved people. These talented professionals are dedicated to providing the highest standard of ethics, quality program development, thoughtful project implementation and wise financial stewardship. Often, those standards extend beyond the financial to include capacity support, long term solutions to challenges, fundraising assistance, expert project management, sustainable programming, and more.

    Events planned for March 8, 2019 encourage grant professionals and their organizations to celebrate themselves and the profession, and to highlight important issues faced by grant professionals.

    Grant Professionals Association is an international membership association for everyone in the grants industry. GPA and its affiliates work to advance the profession, certify professionals and fund professionalism.

    For more information, visit the International Grant Professionals Day web page.

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