Jackie Beyer, GPC

Foundation & Corporate Grants Manager

JVS SoCal

Linkedin: https://www. Linkedin.com/in/Jackie-beyer-0795b4152

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Grant Professional Certified (GPC) Exam Promotes Confidence and a Wide Array of Other Benefits

Thanks to the Arizona Founding Chapter through the Grant Professionals Foundation (GPF) and Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) I was able to take the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) exam through a provided scholarship.

I sat for the GPC exam because I wanted to take my career to the next level. I felt that acquiring the credential would demonstrate my desire for continuous learning and stretch myself professionally. In my mind, the GPC credential would motivate me to get more involved in the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), grants field, and my community. I also anticipated the credential would help build my credibility as a leader, help me guide others, and contribute to the profession, as well as provide me with the authority to set an example on how to abide by the grants professional code of ethics. Finally, I felt strongly that the GPC would give me with the courage and confidence to lead.

My five+ years of grant writing in the non-profit sector provided me with knowledge and experience to feel adequately prepared for the exam. I also purchased the following book: “Prepare for the GPC Exam: Earn Your Grant Professional Certified Credential” by Danny W. Blitch II, Kimberly Hays de Muga, et al. The book helped ease nerves and provide a refresher on the knowledge I had obtained in the field. My time writing government grants in the early part of my career provided the framework for many of the topics covered in the GPA code of ethics and best practices in the field. Later grant professional roles allowed me to expand on my grant writing skills; practice what I had learned; and teach others about the importance of ethical fundraising. In my opinion, these steps were essential to passing the exam.

Obtaining my GPC has not only provided me confidence in my everyday work, but it has also left me with an increased sense of self-worth. Being a young professional, surrounded by peers who do not necessarily match your age demographic or years of experience can be intimidating. Following the news of passing the exam, I found myself more willing to speak up in staff meetings; working with new teams; and managing larger projects. I also represented my department and organization by actively participating in internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) taskforce meetings and serving as the Grant Professionals Association-Arizona Founding Chapter board membership chair. The most rewarding part of this achievement was the immediate sense of belonging and comradery I felt within my team and the entire Grant Professionals Association.

Obtaining my GPC also had an unanticipated effect–it allowed me to demonstrate to other organizations my dedication to the highest standards of fundraising. The confidence the credential afforded me, along with a very dear mentor’s encouragement, allowed me to express my needs and transition into a new role with more responsibility. A big thank you again to the Arizona Founding Chapter through the GPF and GPCI for making a huge impact on my career.