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Prepare for the GPC Exam: Earn Your Grant Professional Certified Credential


If you're seriously thinking about taking the GPC exam, the authors have written a guide that will help you prepare! This down-to-earth manual will help you prepare for the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) exam administered by Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). It's written in an informal, conversational style by four leading grant professionals, each of whom holds the GPC designation.

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Why a Guide on the GPC Exam?

So, you’re thinking of sitting for the GPC exam—more formally known as the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) examination.

And no wonder! The GPC credential is highly sought-after by grant professional generalists, meaning grant professionals who’ve mastered a wide range of grant-related knowledge and who have a deep understanding of grant programs, funding sources, opportunities, organizational development, and community collaboration. To pass the exam, grant professionals must exhibit a number of skills, especially the ability to write persuasively.

The instructors, each of whom holds the GPC designation, have written a comprehensive yet conversational refresher-level look at the GPC exam administered by Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). If you’re thinking of taking the exam, or simply want to know more about the grant field, this guide is for you!

You may already know someone who’s taken the exam and become certified. Maybe you’ve wondered what the exam is all about—what types of information is covered and what topics you may need to become more familiar with. This guide covers all this and much more.

About the GPC Exam

The GPC exam tests you on the skills and competencies you need to have to perform well in the grant field. In order to sit for the exam, you need to meet certain eligibility criteria. The GPC exam itself has two parts: a multiple choice section and a written section. If you pass both sections, you’ll receive the GPC credential for an initial period of three years.

What Does the Guide Cover?

The topics in this guide are based on the GPC Competencies and Skills and are written for practitioners in the trenches as a refresher for the GPC exam.

The authors have organized the manual into 10 self-contained chapters which include each of the GPC competencies as well as a final chapter on strategies to reduce test anxiety.

Here are the chapters:



Chapter One: Grant Research

Chapter Two: Organizational Development

Chapter Three: Good Project Design

Chapter Four: Grant Proposal Development

Chapter Five: Grant Postaward Management

Chapter Six: Ethics

Chapter Seven: Professional Practices

Chapter Eight: Relationships! Relationships! Relationships!

Chapter Nine: The Writing Prompt

Chapter Ten: Strategies to Reduce Test Anxiety

Appendix A: Authors’ Recommended Reading List

Appendix B: GPCI Literature Review

The Authors

This guide was written by Pauline Annarino, Danny W. Blitch II, Kimberly Hays de Muga, and Leslie Mitchell. Each proudly holds the Grant Professionals Certification (GPC) credential.

About CharityChannel Press

CharityChannel Press, the publisher of popular books by and for busy nonprofit-sector practitioners and leaders, is the publishing project of the CharityChannel professional community—celebrating a quarter century of excellence. Sales of this guide will support the Grant Professionals Foundation.

Pauline Annarino, GPC

Pauline Annarino, GPC

Pauline Annarino

Pauline Annarino, MS, NAD V, GPC is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Her career has been split (as well as commingled) between deaf advocacy/sign language interpretation and grant development. She wrote her first grant in 1978. Since that time she has developed more than one hundred proposals in both the public and private sectors.

Pauline was president of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) from 2005 to 2008 and the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) from 2004 to 2007. She was the lead architect of the Grant Professionals Certification (GPC). Pauline’s work was recognized by the GPCI, which established the Pauline G. Annarino Award for individuals who have made a public contribution to grantsmanship.

She is passionate about elevating the grant field and looks forward to working “in the trenches” to promote the grantsmanship field and its ethical practices.

Contact her at [email protected].

Danny W. Blitch II, GPC

Danny W. Blitch II is an original GPC, receiving the credential in 2008. He serves as the Grants Manager for the City of Roswell, Georgia, where he is responsible for a municipal grant program which has been awarded more than $65 million in grants, as well as for private donations.

Danny Blitch

Danny Blitch

Danny’s career in grants includes experience at a municipality, a county board of education, a regional development center, a state university’s development office, and as a grant development consultant.He has more than twenty years of experience with federal, state, and local government grants; private donations; fundraising; and project management. As a consultant, his work has produced more than $24 million in government grants for clients nationwide.

Danny is a frequent speaker, presenter, trainer, and author. He serves on several national and local nonprofit boards. He joined the Grant Professionals Foundation Board of Directors in 2007, and served as its chair from 2008-2011. He was instrumental in the creation of the groundbreaking Grant Professionals Impact Survey. He was also a director on the Grant Professionals Association Board of Directors from 2013 to 2015. During his board service he led the establishment of International Grant Professionals Day and the week-long celebration of the grant profession that occurs annually in March.

Contact him at [email protected].

Kimberly Hays de Muga, GPC

Kimberly Hays de Muga, GPC is an expert in helping nonprofit professionals do well at doing good.

Kimberly Hays de Muga

Kimberly Hays de Muga

She is the Development Director for the Frazer Center in Atlanta and a past president of the Georgia GPA chapter.Kimberly has raised millions of dollars from foundations and corporations for human service nonprofits for more than 15 years, including mobile food pantries, interfaith children’s camps, and general operating support for the largest pediatric hospital in the Southeast. Her passion is helping nonprofits and funders better connect through training and coaching—and ultimately help more people in need.

In the last five years, she has authored and coauthored two articles published in the JGPA and has presented regularly at GPA national conferences and at GPA regional conferences in Atlanta and Memphis.

Kimberly joined the GPF Board in 2013. She is the current board chair and serves on the fundraising committee.

Contact her at [email protected].

Leslie Mitchell, GPC

Leslie Mitchell has nearly 30 years of experience in nonprofit organizations in social services, education, mental health, and healthcare.

Leslie Mitchell

Leslie Mitchell

Her undergraduate degrees are in mental health and business, and she holds a master’s degree in business management. This background has provided her with rich experience she uses as a grant professional.

Leslie has over 15 years’ experience in the grant field as a practitioner. She received her GPC with the inaugural class in 2008. She has served on several GPA national committees and is currently the chair of the Ethics Committee.

Leslie is a board member of her local chapter.

Contact her at [email protected].

About the In the Trenches Series

You’ll know an In the Trenches™ book not just by its cover, but by the author’s fun, upbeat writing style. But don’t be fooled by its down-to-earth approach and ample use of sidebars. In the Trenches books are authoritative and cover what a beginner should know to get started and progress rapidly, and what a more experienced nonprofit-sector practitioner needs to move forward in the subject.

























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