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Organizational Growth: what does this mean for WIPA?

February 15, 2010

I just submitted a “Letter of Inquiry,” the first step in the grant application process, on behalf of WIPA.  Now I have heard the moans and groans of those going through the  grant application process, but this is the first time I have  gotten personally involved.

My first reaction was sheer nervousness: sweaty palms, heart palpitations, the whole nine yards. Its was more the specter of “The Grant Application” than the actual application itself.  Thankfully I decided to start small via an organization called Mama Cash.  It’s an organization that funds women driven initiatives with  extremely clear instructions on how to apply.  A major relief for the first time grant applicant.

That being said, I don’t particularly have high hopes for my grant application.  WIPA is just starting to get its sea-legs and, honestly, my biggest challenge at the moment is developing a consistent membership base.  However, it would be great to eventually get a bit of funding for WIPA so that we could pursue some of our larger objectives.

Ideally, I would love for WIPA to provide small scholarships that could go towards MPA tuition.  These scholarship recipients would embody the core goals of WIPA and would drive the activities of the organization for the coming year.

While we might not be able embark on initiatives of this scale today, other activities like our guest speaker series, are the first step towards growing WIPA to a point where scholarship grants become a reality.

I encourage those of you who are in Paris on March 26th to attend WIPA’s first guest speaker event with Ms. Judith Baroody of the US Embassy in Paris.  You can read Ms. Baroody’s bio on the WIPA website.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. basiapuszkar permalink
    February 15, 2010 5:37 pm

    Good luck with the grant application! A scholarship is a great idea also. I’m sure that being connected with individuals such as Judith Baroody will help the cause to find further support for WIPA. Who are you targeting for future speakers?

  2. sophieguerin permalink
    February 15, 2010 7:04 pm

    I’ve gotten some great suggestions from other people in the program, but arranging speakers has to be done with scheduling and time commitments in mind. At the moment I thinking that we will have our next speaker next semester, as our next possible time frame would be May. May unfortunately, it just too crazy to do anything, so I’d rather wait until the next academic year.

    In the meantime, if you have suggestions please feel free to pass them along! I am always looking for names to add to the roster.

    Thank you for the positive wishes on the grant application, we will see….

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