Posted by Jay Wilkinson

That’s right—this week we’re giving a shout-out to recognize and celebrate the work of grant professionals who serve as administrators, consultants, managers, grant makers and writers for nonprofits across the country.

Every day, grant professionals work behind the scenes to find grant opportunities, oversee projects and facilitate programs with one purpose: to create positive change by impacting their communities for good. This week we’re happy to partner with the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) to honor these professionals and their contributions to the nonprofit world.

Each day this week will have a specific focus:

On March 1, The Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) launched “31 Days of GPC,” a campaign that features 30-second videos on its YouTube channel of grant professionals from across the country who work for local governments, hospitals, nonprofits, education institutions and their consulting firms.

The GPCI administers the Grant Professional Certification (GPC), a certification program that measures an individual’s ability to provide quality, grant-related services within an ethical framework.

Each video features a GPC (Grant Professional Certified) explaining the importance of the credential and how it has benefitted his or her career. Jeanne Donado is a GPC who works at Lansing Community College in Lansing, Michigan, and was one of the first people to take the exam in order to become a certified professional. Because there is no recognized academic degree, certification is the only independent measure to determine a person’s experience, skill and knowledge base.

For more information about GPCI, the GPC credential and the “31 Days of GPC,” please visit the GPCI website.

For more information about International Grant Professionals Week, please visit