Grab Your Stewardship Compass and Navigate Your Way to Success

Grant Professionals Association, Chicago Area Chapter
Macy’s Culinary Institute on State Street, 7th Floor
Friday, May 2, 2014
9:30 am – 5:00 pm 


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Friday, May 2, 2014
9:30 am – 5:00 pm 


  9:30–10:00       Registration
10:00–10:15       Chapter President Remarks
10:15–11:45       Speaker
11:45–12:30       Lunch in Panel Room
  12:30–1:30       Donor Panel
    1:30–1:45       Break/Transition
    1:45–2:45       2 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
    2:45–3:00       Break (w/dessert & drinks)
    3:00–4:00       2 Concurrent Breakout Sessions
    4:00–5:00       Networking

Fruit, yogurt and granola parfaits
Assorted breakfast pastries



Sonoma Salad: fresh spinach leaves, fresh sliced strawberries, red onion and candied walnuts topped with feta cheese and champagne vinaigrette

Mixed greens with roasted squash, leeks and gorgonzola with maple syrup vinaigrette 

Assorted Sandwiches

Greek Naanwich: roasted red pepper hummus, spinach, tomato, cucumber, grilled zucchini and kalamata olives on Naan 

Mango Chicken: grilled chicken breast with crumbled goat cheese, house made mango jam, spicy pecans and mixed greens on brioche

Italian: ham, pepperoni and salami with mixed greens, tomato and gruyere with lemon aioli on tomato focaccia

Steak Queso Fresco Wrap: flank steak with roasted red or yellow peppers, avocado, queso fresco with tomatillo salsa in a tomato wrap

Short-Rib Brown Butter: shredded short rib, arugula, pickled onion and white cheddar with brown butter aioli on a pretzel roll 


Half Frango ice cream pie

Half orange chiffon cake over citrus coulis topped with toasted meringe and fresh raspberries

Small fruit plate

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Macy's Culinary Institute on State Street 
111 N. State Street
Seventh Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Driving Directions 

We begin by taking a fresh look at the role of grant professionals. In this day and age of ever-increasing scrutiny and accountability, grant professionals are called to be good stewards for the organizations they work with, as well as for their organizations’ donors. Does this create difficult ethical dilemmas?

 Our keynote speaker, Debbie DiVirgilio, will lead attendees through a process of understanding and establishing ethical standards of operation for grant professionals. Debbie DiVirgilio is a Certified Governance Trainer through BoardSource and has more than 20 years of experience serving in the nonprofit sector. She is the owner and principal consultant of The Faith-Based Nonprofit Resource Center. Since starting the consulting firm eleven years ago (formerly known as DiVirgilio & Associates), she has acquired more than $40 million in funds to support the needs of individuals and communities.

Debbie is a Certified Grant Professional as conferred by the Grant Professional Institute and has served on the Board of Directors of the Grant Professionals Association for the past five years. She served as Vice President of the Association in 2010 and has served as President in 2011, 2012, and 2013. She is also a certified coach, teacher and speaker with The John Maxwell Team. Debbie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Wilmington College and a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management from Regis University. 

Our panelists will address creating effective collaborations appropriate to funding agency missions and goals. 

Monique Brunson  /  Director of Programs  /  Chicago Foundation for Women
Suzanne Connor  /  Senior Program Officer, Arts & Culture  /  Chicago Community Trust 
Jalisa Hinkle  /  Coordinator, Advocate Bethany Community Health Fund  /  Advocate Charitable Foundation 
Brad White  /  Associate Director  /  Alphawood Foundation


At the breakout sessions, you will have the opportunity to deep dive into many of the ideas raised at the keynote and panel discussion.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm (2 concurrent sessions) 

Grant professionals as leaders
Debbie DiVirgilio: Principal, The Faith-Based Nonprofit Resource Center

Partnerships and how to make them work
Nalani McClendon: Principal, NK McClendon Consulting
Mary Visconti: Chief Executive Officer, Better Boys Foundation

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (2 concurrent sessions)

Fact Finding: Using Census Data in Grant Writing
Ileana C. Serrano: Information Services Specialist, U.S. Census Bureau

Improving communication and buy-in from program staff
Carole Brooks: Resource Development, Special Education District of Lake County
Joyce G. Poll: Nonprofit Strategist, J.G. Poll & Associates

Member — $125
Non-Member — $140
Student — $65
Registration fee includes lunch.

Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 29, 2014