Past Presenters & Topics


  • September 7, 2017 - Community Advancement Network (CAN) Dashboard

  • August 2, 2017 - Jesse Simmons, Data Analytics Manager, St. David's Foundation, Creating a Culture of Learning

  • July 6, 2017 - Reyda Taylor, Phd, Founder & Owner, PKE Insights, Moving from a Logic Model to an Evaluation Plan

  • June 1, 2017 - Melanie Cazier, Austin Program Officer, Topfer Family Foundation

  • May 12, 2017 - 12th Annual Central Texas Funders Forum

  • April 6, 2017 - Katy Bourgeois, Senior Consultant, Mission Capital, Collective Impact Grants

  • March 2, 2017 - John Speirs, Program Coordinator, GTOPs Program (Grant for Technology Opportunities), City of Austin

  • January 19, 2017 - William Buster, Vice President of Community Investments, St. David's Foundation

  • November 17, 2016 - Holiday Potluck

  • October 20, 2016 - Grant Professionals Learning from Each Other: Grants Management

  • September 15, 2016 - Coversation about Government Grants led by Kathleen Burnside, Grant Consultant kathleenburnside.com/grant-writing.html

  • August 18, 2016 - Community Action Network (CAN) Dashboard

  • July 21, 2016 - Grant Professionals Learning from Each Other

  • June 16, 2016 - Amy Merida, Executive Director, Greater Round Rock Community Foundation

  • May 6, 2016 - 11th annual Central Texas Funders Forum

  • April 21, 2016 - Moves Management for Grant Writers presented by Mollie Butler, CFRE, Founder of Butler Nonprofit Consulting, and Kim Griffin, GPC, Associate Director of Foundation Relations, St. Edward's University

  • March 11, 2016 - The Foundation Center: Foundation Directory Online; Foundation Maps; and Knowledge Services, data-driven tools and content-rich platforms

  • February 18, 2016 - Meagan Anderson Longley, Vice President of Community Impact, Austin Community Foundation

  • January 21, 2016 - Webinar and discussion about the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) exam

  • December 17, 2015 - Holiday Potluck

  • November 19, 2015 - Panel discussion exploring grant writing as a stepping stone to other career paths.

  • October 15, 2015 - Tara Levy, Senior Consultant with Mission Capital, provided insight about succession planning and how to pitch it in grant applications.

  • September 17, 2015 - Marisol Foster, Associate Director, Webber Family Foundation

  • August 20, 2015 - Caroyln Austin shared tips and techniques for developing grant writing talent in program staff.

  • July 16, 2015 - Proposal Swap and Peer Review.

  • June 8, 2015 - Rachel Coff and Tara Carmean described the free data services available to nonprofits from the Travis County Health and Human Services, Research & Planning Division.

  • May 8, 2015 - 10th Annual Central Texas Funders' Forum

  • April 16, 2015 - Nikki Salzillo, Market President, Bank of America

  • March 26, 2015 - Marisa Zappone of Greenlights presented research and findings from the latest Greenlights report "On the Verge: Value and Vulnerability in Austin’s Nonprofit Sector."

  • February 19, 2015 - Round table discussion about complicated and challenging situations that grant professionals may have to face in their career and ways to address them.

  • January 15, 2015 - Ellen Ray, Director of Grants & Strategic Initiatives, Still Water Foundation

  • December 18, 2014 - Holiday Social

  • November 20, 2014 - Ask the Experts: Q&A with GPA Chapter Board and networking

  • October 16, 2014 - Using the Foundation Center's New Maps. Ellen Lee, Director, Regional Foundation Library.

  • September 18, 2014 - Dr. Beverly Browning, nationally known author of Grant Writing for Dummies talked about successful grant seeking.

  • August 21, 2014 - Mitchell Long, Executive Director, The Long Foundation

  • June 19, 2014 - Finding the Data You Need: Texas KIDS COUNT, Family Budgets, and the Texas Regional Opportunity Index. Jennifer Lee, Research Associate, The Center for Public Policy Priorities.

  • May 9, 2014 - 9th Annual Central Texas Funders Forum, Girls Scouts HQ.

  • April 17, 2014 - John Spiers, Program Coordinator, City of Austin GTOPs Program (Grant for Technology Opportunities)

  • March 20, 2014 - Ask the Experts: GPA Chapter Board Members Panel

  • February 20, 2014 - 2-1-1 Texas; Chantal Bottoms, Community Analysis & Planning Manager, United Way for Greater Austin

  • January 23, 2014 - Clean Up You Grant Seeking Office and Raise More Money; webinar; Larissa Golden Brown

  • December 21, 2013 - Holiday Party

  • November 21, 2013 - Thanksgiving Potluck and naitonal webinar: Increasing Grant Revenue: Focusing on Improving Funder Relationships

  • October 25, 2013 - Census Data Workshop. Hands on training in use of census data using 2012 and American Community Survey info. Workshop led by Pauline Nunez, Data Dissemination Specialist, US Census Bureau, Denver Region.

  • September 20, 2012 - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Grants, Part 2: panel Q&A. Panelists: Chapter Board Members.

  • August 16, 2012 - Best Practices in Utilizing Social Media: An Inside Look at Dell's Social Media Command Center. Hosted by Wendy Manuel, Senior Project Manager in Social Media at Dell.

  • July 19, 2012: Things You Didn't Even Know You Needed to Know: The Financial Function in Nonprofit Organizations. Karen Millican, CFO and Founder, Karen Millican & Associates.

  • June 21, 2012 - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Grants: panel Q&A. Panelists: Cecilia Blanford, Malisa DiGiacomo, Joyce Pohlman, Eileen Schrandt, and Sue Soy.

  • May 11, 2012 - 8th Annual Central Texas Funders Forum

  • April 19, 2012 - Prospect Research: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore! Presentation and discussion of how to find elusive information on individuals and organizations led by Allison Supancic, former Regional Foundation Library Director, and Malisa DiGiacomo of SafePlace

  • March 15, 2012 - Sustainable Funding: Innovative Ideas in Community-Based Corporate Philanthropy. Debbie Johnson of Successful Giving, Laurie Loew of Give Realty, and David Sandal of Give as You Get provided ideas and insights on ways corporations can build community components into their core business and provide ways to give back to their community.

  • February 16, 2012 - Scott Del Rossi, Sustainability Manager of College Forward, discussed Social Return on Investment and how to measure both social and extra value relative to resources invested to evaluate impact on stakeholders and improve performance.

  • January 19, 2012 - GPA: Your Own Private Mastermind Group. KB LaLone, College Forward, and Eileen Schrandt, HACA, led a discussion on mining the skills and talents of members and building a learning community of like-minded grant professionals who work collectively to support each other in achieving extraordinary goals.

  • December 2011 - End of Year Celebration

  • November 17, 2011 - Chapter President Cecilia Blanford reprised her GPA Naitonal Conference presentation: Grants-What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Discussion focused on pre-planning, building staff relationships and looking beyond Foundation guidelines to build success

  • October 2011 - Workshop: Logic Models presented by Erica Ekwurzel of the KDK-Harman Foundation

  • September 2011 - In-Young Kim, Public Relations Specialist, Samsung

  • August 2011 - Introduction to federal grants with Eileen Schrandt, Grants Manager for the Housing Authority of the City of Austin

  • July 2011 - Summer Insight Series with roundtables of grantwriters discussing career paths, new funder engagement, and government grant management

  • June 2011 - MariBen Ramsey, Interim President & CEO, Austin Community Foundation

  • May 2011 - 7th Annual Central Texas Funders Forum

  • April 2011 - Legislative briefing with Jason Sabo of United Ways of Texas and Frontera Strategy

  • March 2011 - Discussion on Gap Funding through Grant Proposals with Abby Foster, Vice President of Grants with Lutheran Social Services of the South

  • February 2011 - Becky Pastner, Program Officer, St. David's Foundation

  • January 2011 - Presentation on resources available at the Regional Foundation Library with Allison Supancic

  • December 2010 - Annual Pot Luck

  • November 2010 - Grant Writing as a Team Sport with Loretta Holland, CFRE

  • September 2010 - Charity University online seminar on writing grant budgets with Johna Rodgers

  • August 2010 - Andy White, Trustee, KLE Foundation

  • July 2010 - Summer Insight Series with roundtables of grantwriters dicussing effective grant management, professional difficulties, and miscellaneous questions

  • June 2010 - Ethical Financial Management for Grant Managers with Jay Scheumack, CFO at Lifeworks

  • April 2010 - Grant Office Management with Malisa DiGiacomo, SafePlace Grants Manager

  • March 2010 - Jessica D'Arcy, Executive Director, Webber Family Foundation

  • Febryary 2010 - Presentation on Tailoring Grantwriting Strategies for Long-Term Success with Elaine Acker, CEO of the American Red Cross of Central Texas

  • January 2010 - Dr. Judith Voress, Executive Director, Donald D. Hammill Foundation

  • December 2009 - No meeting

  • November 2009 - Debrief on national conference and chapter networking

  • September 2009 - Presentation on Ethical Leadership with Dr. Howard Prince, Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership at the University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs

  • August 2009 - Presentation on Writing Skills for Grant Writers with Loretta Holland, CFRE

  • July 2009 - Caroline Newman, Executive Director, Sooch Foundation

  • June 2009 - Presentation on Grantwriting Lessons Learned the Hard Way by Jeff Cohen, President of Cohen & Associates

  • May 2009 - 6th Annual Central Texas Funders' Forum

  • April 2009 - Records Management for Grant Writers with Sue Soy, Grants and Records Manager with the Austin Public Library

  • March 2009 - CharityUniversity Teleclass on How to Thrive as a Grant Consultant with Ann Ronan

  • February 2009 - Presentation on Grant Resources at the Texas Office of the Attorney General with Melissa Foley, Grant Operations Team Lead

  • January 2009 - Discussion on using Volunteers as "Match" for Grants with Sarah Jane Rehnborg, Ph.D., Lecturer and Associate Director for Planning and Development with the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service

  • November 2008 - Tour of new Regional Foundation Library with Allison Supansic

  • October 2008 - Erica Ekwurzel, Grantee Consultant, KDK-Harman Foundation

  • September 2008 - Charity University Teleclass on Crossing the Bridge to Fedearl Grant Proposal Writing with Michael Wells, GPA, CFRE

  • August 2008 - MariBen Ramsey, Vice President and General Counsel, Austin Community Foundation

  • July 2008 - Presentation on GPA's (then AAGP) mission, scope, and national conference with Gail Vertz, Executive Director

  • May 2008 - Jami Hampton, Senior Grant Officer, RGK Foundation

  • April 2008 - Karen Wilson, Grassroots Coordinator, I Live Here I Give Here

  • March 2008 - Melanie Ridings, Program Officer, Topfer Family Foundation

  • February 2008 - Vanessa Sarria, Executive Director, Community Action Network (CAN)

  • January 2008 - Discussion on individual and organizational goals among GPA membership

  • November 2007 - Workshop on Grants Research - Websites, RFPs, and Database Secrests of Expereinced Grant Professionals - with Gil Jester

  • October 2007 - Sue Breland, Program Officer, Applied Materials

  • September 2007 - Presentation on the Logic and Strength of Framing a Proposal with Real Citizen Outcomes with Jeff Cohen

  • August 2007 - Presentation on the Optimum Technology for Today's Productive Grants with Scott McKinley, Director of Technology with the Austin Children's Shelter

  • July 2007 - Introduction and tour of the Hogg Foundation Library with Allison Supancic

  • June 2007 - Dr. Lisa Kerber, St. David's Community Health Foundation

  • May 2007 - Presentation on Engaging Board Members as Fundraisers and Volunteers with Susan McDowell, Executive Director of Lifeworks, and Bonnie Mills, President of the Mills Dennis Foundation.