Unlocking the Power of Grants: Navigating Opportunities, Building Relationships, and Maximizing Impact for Nonprofits


March 14, 2024
11:30am – 1:15pm

Fogo de Chao
Cost: $45/$60


This program has been approved for 1.25 CFRE Credits

1.25 GPCI Education Points towards acquiring the GPC (Grant Professional Certified) or in maintaining their GPC certification.

Grants are a key component of growing a nonprofit and fulfilling its mission. They can be an untapped resource for many though as the organization does not know where to find grant opportunities, how to position to obtain them, how to write a compelling narrative, and/or struggle with management of grants once they have them.

Do not worry, this presentation will cover many of those topics and provide a foundation that all of you can grow from to improve your knowledge of grants to help your organization(s). All of us can obtain a grant as we all know how to build relationships. A grant is no different, it is just building relationships in a different manner and for a different but very similar purpose. Its just connecting the pieces of the puzzle to show what it looks like when completed.

Topics Discussed

  • Where to find grants – Federal, Tribal, State, Local, Private, and Corporate
  • What is needed to get a grant – UEI, Financials, and more
  • Relationship with Funders – cultivation of a funder, leveraging network(s)
  • Management – key principles and tips including managing the grant while writing it
  • Story – what matters to the funder, what is needed (ie – data, evaluation, more)

Speaker: TJ Hansell, Chief Visionary and Founder, Hansell Companies, LLC

About the Speaker

TJ HansellTimothy J. “TJ” Hansell is an accomplished grant professional that had his career start with “Oregon Trails”. That is correct, the old computer game, that at the age of 8 drove him to start his career in the grant profession. To play the game, he had to help his mother who was a Tribal grant coordinator with finding and reviewing grants published in the Federal Register. This grew into a successful grant career and passion for games as well.

A grant expert that has over 20 years of experience at all levels and all things grants. He has helped his clients secure over $30M in grant funding in the last five years. He has managed some very large and complex grant programs at the Federal (Better Building Neighborhood Program – $515M; Indian Housing Block Grant – $600M+) on multiple occasions and is well versed in the 2 CFR 200. He is a Grant Professional Association approved trainer that has trained many grant professionals on the art of finding, writing, and managing grants.

TJ has a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of North Dakota. He currently serves as the Treasurer on the National Board of Directors for the Grant Professional Association, Treasurer for the Hopi Education Endowment Fund, President of the Southwestern Institute for the Education of Native Americans, and on the Board for the Capital Business Development Association.


GPCI Education Information

“AFP Las Vegas Chapter is a provider of training sessions / events / presentations that have been accepted in the GPCI Accepted Education Program.”

“Full participation in the above outlined presentations is applicable for 1.25 GPCI Education Points towards acquiring the GPC (Grant Professional Certified) or in maintaining their GPC certification.”

GPCI administers the GPC, an accredited certification program that measures an individual’s ability to provide quality grant-related services within an ethical framework. GPCI accomplishes its mission through the identification of grant professionals who display outstanding expertise and ethical practices as measured by a psychometrically valid and reliable assessment tool. To learn more about GPCI, visit http://www.grantcredential.org/

GPCI Accepted Education

Event Details

Date: March 14, 2024

Start time: 11:30 a.m. PST

End time: 01:15 p.m. PST

Venue: Fogo de Chao

Directions: 360 E Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89169