Should you get a Grant Writing Certification featuring Mike Chamberlain CEO of GPA

Grant Writing Certification

One of the most common questions I hear is “Should I become a certified grant writer?” Well, the answer is different for everyone! That’s why we walk you through all the ins and outs of certification in this episode.

“I may not write grant proposals or manage grant funds, but I want to make sure that grant professionals everywhere have the tools and resources so that they can make those impacts on their communities.” – Mike Chamberlain

Mike and I discuss:

  • How Mike got involved with grants and became an entrepreneur
  • Getting started as an independent contractor or freelancer
  • Developing a business plan for yourself
  • Different tasks you can help a nonprofit with
  • Networking resources for grant writers
  • Types of grant writing certifications
  • Should you become a certified grant writer?
  • How long it takes to become certified
  • The cost to become certified
  • The GPA community where you can find your tribe

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Mike’s Bio:

Mike Chamberlain is an association executive with over 30 years of leadership experience with for profit and not for profit organizations, including national and international associations.

Mike grew up in Omaha Nebraska with his parents Al and Cindy Chamberlain and his two younger sisters. He enjoyed camping and other outdoor activities as a Boy Scout, ultimately earning the rank of Eagle Scout. Mike graduated from Creighton Prep High School and moved to Kansas City to attend Rockhurst University. At Rockhurst University, Mike earned an undergraduate degree in Marketing/Management and he met the love of his life, his wife Jackie. Mike and Jackie made their home in the Kansas City area after graduation. Jackie is a professional artist and a member of Summit Art in Lees Summit, Missouri.

Mike enjoys all forms of exercise and is an age group triathlete with a dream of completing an IronMan® distance triathlon. Mike’s hobbies include woodworking, home improvement projects, being a Nebraska Football fan and reading.

Mike and his wife Jackie share their home in Lees Summit with their dog Rifkin.

Mike is a Certified Association Executive. He has been active in several local associations, serving on the boards of the Greater Kansas City Postal Customer Council, Kansas City Meetings Industry Council, and the Kansas City Society of Association Executives, serving as President of KCSAE in 2008-2009. He is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the American Society of Association Executives.

Mike has been a speaker at the Professional Convention Management Association annual convention and at the American Society of Association Executives Annual Conference.


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