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Certified Grant Professional

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American Evaluation Association

Grant Professional Association

Certified Grant Professional
Grant Professional Associaion
Jeanne Johnston

After 20+ years in the private sector, Jeanne went back to school and obtained a Master’s in Public Affairs (concentration on community development and nonprofits). Jeanne first managed grants for a local government where she researched, submitted, and managed federal grants totaling $6 million.  As a successful fundraiser and grant consultant, Jeanne conducted many small to large capital campaigns and economic impact studies for economic development, arts organizations, and cultural institutions, often in small towns and rural locations.  


Strategic planning has been necessary for many organizations to become "grant ready", and to establish a roadmap for all staff and board members to follow. Jeanne's community work includes, grant (prospect) research, and writing for community healthcare, justice-involved youth and women, youth leadership programs, faith-based schools, programs for persons diagnosed with developmental disabilities, and human trafficking organizations.​Jeanne has also done various programs for rural areas in economic development, broadband, and hospital centers. Jeanne has written, submitted, and been awarded a total of $11 million, and personally implemented over $4 million in awards.  

Jeanne's favorite part of her work are the results and relationships,  

"I love the impact and the relationships built after working with a nonprofit to transform its mission." 


Jeanne is the 6th Grant Professional in North Carolina that has achieved the designation of Grant Professional Certified (GPC) credential by the Grant Professionals Certification Institute.​

BS in Business Admin/Marketing-James Madison University, MPA -University of North Carolina Greensboro Certifications in Community Economic Development  and Finance Toolbox-UNC-Chapel Hill-

School of Government

Member of: Grant Professionals Association

American Evaluation Association

Grant Professionals Association

I and all my partners are members of Grant Professional Associations (GPA). GPA requires a high level of ethics and competencies for membership. GPA is the ONLY professional organization for grant writers, development professionals, and grantmakers to receive training, have access to a professional and peer-reviewed knowledge base, opportunities for networking, potential partnerships, and certification credentials. Partnering with other grant professionals and other grant firms, allows me to offer the MOST experienced and successful professionals to a client. For our ethics commitment click on the button below.

Grant Professional

Certification Institute

Grant Professionals Certification Institute™ (GPCI) administers the Grant Professional Certification (GPC), a certification program that measures an individual’s ability to provide quality grant-related services within an ethical framework. It was established in 2004 by the Grant Professionals Association(GPA) to ensure test integrity and independence. The GPC examination was designed within the National Commission of Certifying Agencies guidelines and has been psychometrically proven to be valid and reliable. 

I am the sixth Certified GPC in North Carolina.

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