Awards

Pauline G. Annarino Award

The Pauline G. Annarino Award acknowledges the efforts of an agency, group or individual who has elevated the status of the grants profession by promoting, steering, and/or marketing our profession as an significant contributor to our society. This work includes supporting and advancing credentialing and the GPCISM examination. The awardee’s contributions have had a lasting impact on the grants profession and the GPCISM, and will serve as a foundation for the growth of the profession, GPA, and the GPCISM.

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2017
Marcia Ford
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2017: Marcia Ford, GPC Retired

This year’s recipient is Marcia Ford, GPC Retired. Marcia Ford was a member of the GPCI board of directors from 2005 to 2010, serving in the capacity as both president and treasurer. Marcia served as the original GPC exam test development chair and as president led the charge for the first ever GPC exam administration in Arlington, Virginia in 2007. A true pioneer and forward thinker, it was under Marcia’s leadership and dedication GPCI will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of the GPC exam this upcoming year. Ten years later, as president and test development chair, I have true respect and admiration for the groundbreaking work Marcia and the GPCI board completed as we are currently undergoing a GPC exam re-write. I know of no other who truly exemplifies the spirit of this award, as someone who has had a lasting impact on the grants profession and who served as the foundation for grant professional growth. So, on behalf of GPCI, the board of directors and fellow GPC holders, I am honored to present the Pauline G. Annarino award to Marcia Ford, for being bold and leading the credentialing charge for future grant professionals.

2016
Dr. Beverly A. Browning

2016: Dr. Beverly A. Browning

This year’s recipient is Dr. Beverly A. Browning.  Many of you may recognize Dr. Browning as the author of Grant Writing for Dummies, as well as many other grant-related publications.  Dr. Browning has been a guiding force for the past four decades, serving the greater good through grant writing consultation, contract bid preparation and organizational development.  Her passion for providing others with the tools necessary to achieve success as a grant professional is unparalleled.  Early grant writers often discover her resources invaluable in launching their careers.  GPCI is honored to present the Pauline G. Annarino award to Dr. Browning for being an inspiration to grant professionals throughout the world.

2015
Danny Blitch

2015: Danny Blitch, GPC

This year, that honor goes to Danny Blitch. In 2015, grant professionals across the world participated in the first International Grant Professionals Week thanks to his vision and efforts. Danny spearheaded the creation and implementation of the week, from marketing and partnerships, to daily activities and local celebrations in his hometown of Atlanta. Danny also

plays a major role in setting up the online application for the GPC scholarship process. He is the driving force behind the Community Impact Survey, a national survey about the impact grant professionals have on their community and individuals they serve. The data from this survey is often used by GPCI to show the impact that GPCs make on their communities. In addition, Danny serves as a GPA Board member and volunteers for his Georgia GPA chapter. His work and volunteer efforts on both the national, regional, and local levels are truly unparalleled. Danny’s love for the profession and his fellow grant colleagues are readily apparent to anyone who talks to him. Danny, GPCI cannot thank you enough for your service, time, and commitment to the grant profession. Your stewardship is an example to the rest of us.

2014
Micki Vandeloo

2014: Micki Vandeloo, GPC

This year, that honor goes to Micki Vandeloo.  Micki earned her GPC in 2013 and hit the ground running, at full tilt.  Over the course of the year she has written multiple articles about the value of having your GPC and hiring a GPC (posted on her website, social media, and other outlets).  She immediately contacted the GPCI board and volunteered her time, talent, and enthusiasm to furthering the credential.  She played a role in the scholarship application process and on the marketing committee.  She is co-presenting the “value of the GPC” workshop at this year’s conference.  Micki serves on the Board of the Grant Professionals Foundation, the organization responsible for funding multiple GPC scholarships each year, in addition to scholarships to the GPA conference and GPA membership dues.  Her passion and desire to improve the grant profession is infectious.  Micki, the grant profession and our credential are better because of individuals like you.  We look forward to all you have to offer our field and thank you for sharing your passion with us.

2013
Grant Professionals Foundation

2013: The Grant Professionals Foundation

This year that honor goes to the Grant Professionals Foundation. The Foundation’s Board of Directors help market the GPC exam and provide individuals with the opportunity to sit for this exam through the GPC Scholarship. It was the Foundation that first suggested to GPCI the idea of the GPC scholarship. Since its inception in 2010, the Foundation has both donated to the scholarship fund and housed the scholarship application on its website. In the past three years, the process has allowed GPCI to award 15 GPC exam scholarships. A few more will be added to that number in 2013. Members of the Foundation Board of Directors make this all possible by marketing the scholarship and assisting in the scoring of each application to help determine each year’s recipients. GPCI is especially grateful for the volunteer hours its Board puts towards this process each year. We look forward to a continued partnership as we continue to assure the GPC exam is available to our colleagues in the grant profession for many years to come.

2012
Rod Helm

2012: Rod Helm

This year that honor goes to Rod Helm who has promoted the GPC exam and the mission of GPCI through his company and in his presentations to grant writers and grant professionals. As an employer of several grant professionals, he has encouraged his staff to seek the GPC credential (and has even offered to pay for the attempt). He has used his position of authority in the non‐profit sector to expound on the value of credentialing and he has provided a shining example for many others to follow. Rod Helm is the CEO of Grant Writing USA and Grant Management USA. Under his leadership and in partnership with his wife, Rebecca, the companies deliver more than 150 grant writing and grant management training events each year. The impact his support has had on our mission will continue into the future as his company expands and grows. Help us thank Rod for all he is doing for the grant profession!

2011
Broward County

2010
Stephen Nill

2009
Michael Wells

2008
Frank Mandley

2008: Frank Mandley

Pauline G. Annarino was the first corporate chair for GPCI—our George Washington, if you will. This award is voted by the GPCI Board to honor someone who made contributions that we could not have done without and still claim the accomplishments we now enjoy.

Our certification was basically a well conceived dream, but one without a concrete path, until Frank Mandley’s influential work. Frank was early chair of what was then the Credentialing Committee of AAGP, and an officer on the AAGP Board. He pulled together the founding business plan that allowed us to visualize where to go and how to get there. It served to undergird all we have produced since.

Frank said, early on, that he wanted to retire as a professional. The dream has come true—the certification is in place. Frank was an original GPC, and he tells me he has worn his GPC pin every day since it arrived.

Frank was one of our early explorers and a true pathfinder. He recently retired from our board, and today, with 20-20 hindsight, we honor him gratefully and with dear, dear admiration.

Frank Mandley, recipient of the 2008 Pauline G. Annarino Award, pictured with AAGP President Marcia Ford (center) and Harriet Blymiller (right), recipient of the 2008 President’s Award, at the AAGP 10th Annual Conference in Long Beach, California in October 2008.

2007
Johna Rodgers

The President’s Award

The President’s Award recognizes the significant contributions of a group, agency, or individual who has provided specific assistance to GPCISM, its President, and its Board Members. This annual honor recognizes the awardee’s efforts to develop or implement an agenda item that has benefited the GPCISM, its Board and the grant-writing profession. Such work may have been promoting or marketing the GPCISM, as well as its services or products. The awardee has fostered and furthered GPCISM’s mission, growth and continued development.

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2017
Amanda Day
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2016
Ericka Harney

2015
Diane Leonard
& Jo Miller

2014
Barb Boggs
& Kelli Romero

2013
Johna Rodgers

2012
Walter Chason

2011
Jerry Dillehay

2010
Shelia McCann

2009
Laura Gore

2008
Harriet Blymiller

2007
Bill Smith