About Us

American Grant Writers' Association, Inc. is a Florida nonprofit corporation and is a 501(c)6 exempt organization.  The founding members saw a need for an organization to meet the needs of professionals who specialize in researching grants, writing proposals, and administering grants.  The association does not focus on other fundraising techniques, although we discuss them related to grantseeking.  To promote professional conduct of our 1,000 active members, the organization adopted Standards of Practice and Professional Ethics.  To further the professional growth of its members, the organization awards the Certified Grant Writer® Credential to members who have demonstrated proficiency in grantseeking.  In 2011 the U.S. Patent Office awarded American Grant Writers' Association a Trademark for its Certified Grant Writer® Credential. 

The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that are appointed for a three year term of office.  Current Board Members are    

  • Alan Antopol
  • John G. Porter, Ph.D., Certified Grant Writer®
  • Karen Davis, R.N.
  • Megan Whelan
  • Brandon Whitaker, MBA
  • Kathy Wobster, M.Ed.

John G. Porter, Ph.D. is the Executive Director and manages the organization's activities with the assistance of members, staff, and volunteers. 

  • Membership Secretary - Marie Hunt, Certified Grant Writer®
  • Webmaster - Linda Sharp, Certified Grant Writer®
  • Mentor-Protege Coordinator - Patricia Pereira, Certified Grant Writer®
  • Online Instructors -
    • John Porter, Ph.D., Certified Grant Writer®
    • Scott Sipe, Certified Grant Writer®
  • Professional Development Director - Linda Sharp, Certified Grant Writer®
  • Volunteer Coordinator - open
  • Worshop Trainers -
    • ​Patricia Pereira, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Linda Sharp, Certified Grant Writer®
  • 2014 Special Interest Chairpersons        
    • ​Aging and Senior Services - open
    • Agriculture and Animal Welfare - open
    • Arts and Culture -- Charlotte Henning, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Children & Youth --  Rhonda Poppen, Certified Grant Writer® 
    • Economic Development - Scott Sipe, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Education PK-12 -- Janine Corbett, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Environment - Steven Galati, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Healthcare - Clinics & Physicians - Christy Appleton, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Healthcare - Hospitals - open
    • Healthcare - Public Health - open
    • Higher Education - open
    • Homeland Security - Steven Galati, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Housing -- open
    • Human Services -- Ginger Coleman, Certified Grant Writer®
    • International - open
    • Justice - Perry Stewart, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Labor - Stacy Matson, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Libraries & Literacy -- Janine Corbett, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Local Government - open
    • Mental Healthcare - open
    • Native Americans -- open
    • Religion -- open
    • Research - Medical -- open
    • Research - Scientific -- open
    • Veterans - La Tonya Fleming, Certified Grant writer®
  •    2014 State Chairpersons
    • Arkansas -- Christina Appleton, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Indiana -- Kim Nentrup, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Louisiana -- Latisha Mearidy-Bell, Certified Grant Writer®
    • New Jersey - Elizabeth Strahle, Certified Grant Writer®
    • New Mexico -- Stacy Matson, Certified Grant Writer®
    • North Carolina - Perry Stewart, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Pennsylvania-- Perry Stewart, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Texas - Susan Pierce, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Virginia -- Miya Miles, Certified Grant Writer®
    • Wyoming--Linda Scherr, Certified Grant Writer®
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