Southern Utah Grants Conference is about ‘Achieving Maximum Impact’ for nonprofits; registration open

ST. GEORGE — The Utah Nonprofits Association, together with the Grant Professionals Association—Utah Area Chapter, are inviting nonprofit professionals to the third annual Southern Utah Grants Conference on May 5 from 1-6 p.m. at the Dixie Applied Technology College. The event will feature networking, breakout sessions and a keynote presentation by Janeal Ford, the owner of Fordable Freelance, a company that through grant management, professional development, and nonprofit consulting connects people’s passions to change the world with the abundance found in philanthropy.

Ford’s presentation will be “Achieving Maximum Impact.” Ford graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in sociology and Master of Public Administration. She holds current certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive. ​During her 15 year career in fundraising, Janeal has secured numerous wins, creating connections to advance important community initiatives. Under her direction, more than $50 million has been secured for charitable organizations.

“Keeping abreast of changes in the external environment and improving our understanding of community engagement are important considerations for nonprofit organizations in order to maximize mission impact,” Ford said.

In her Southern Utah Grants Conference presentation, Ford will review two important topics: the “Pay for Success” model and grant collaboration.

“Participants will learn what they need to know about the Pay for Success model itself, and how it will transform the future of contracting with key funders.”

Ford will also share her experiences and provide attendees with key tips, tricks and ideas for better community engagement.

Following Ford’s presentation, attendees will choose from one of two 30-minute breakout sessions: “Understanding the Washington County Recreation, Arts, and Parks (RAP) Tax” or “Earning the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) Credential.”

The RAP tax presentation will be led by Douglas Caputo, who will present information about the RAP tax program, the benefits to our local community and its importance to local nonprofit organizations needing additional funding resources. Following the presentation, Summer Belnap Roberts will walk participants through the application process, share key insight information such as collaborative funding requests and important dates associated with the application process prior to the Q&A session.

The GPC credential session will be a part-virtual, part-live discussion held by Bonnie Houk introducing the credential and explaining the benefits of certification. 

Following the breakout sessions, the Utah Nonprofits Association will host a networking reception from 4-6 p.m., which will include a presentation from Red Rock Center for Independence, a nonprofit organization empowering people with disabilities in nine southwestern Utah counties to live independently through education, personalized services, and technology. 

This conference is intended for nonprofit professionals, including grant writers, grant managers and grant reviewers of all levels and in all professions, including college students, nonprofit directors and board members.

An optional networking lunch (not included in the registration fee) will be held prior to the event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rib and Chop House at 1676 S. Convention Center Drive, St. George.

Event Details:

  • What: Third annual Southern Utah Grants Conference
  • When: Thursday, May 5, 2016; 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Where: Dixie Applied Technology College – 1506 S. Silicon Way Ste. C2, St. George, UT 84790
  • The registration fee for the full event is $35 for UNA and Grant Professionals Association—Utah Area Chapter members and $50 for nonmembers. Nonmembers interested in only attended the networking session from 4-6 p.m. hosted by Red Rock Center for Independence may do so for a $10.00 registration fee.
  • To register, visit the Utah Nonprofits Association event webpage.  For more information, please contact Emily Peterson at [email protected] or 435-283-7072.

About UNA

The Utah Nonprofits Association works to unify, strengthen and elevate Utah’s nonprofit community through networking, professional development, public policy and providing technical assistance. UNA is the umbrella membership association of nonprofit organizations in Utah. Incorporated in 1990, UNA was created by, and for, people who strive for a stronger, more professional nonprofit community in Utah. The current membership of UNA (statewide) includes over 650 nonprofit organizations and individual members.

About GPA

Established in 1998, Grant Professionals Association builds and supports an international community of grant professionals committed to serving the greater public good by practicing the highest ethical and professional standards. Utah GPA, formed in 2011, helps Utah grant professionals meet their professional development, education, and networking needs.

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