Ethics Series Session 2: 

Grant Ethics for Prospect Research and Funder Relationships 

Have you ever been uncomfortable applying to a foundation which didn’t seem to really match your organization’s profile? Many nonprofit professionals are pressured into writing to foundations who don’t match their giving history. This may be because someone knows someone on the board or because you are under pressure to find the dollars somewhere - anywhere. This session will provide information on when those techniques are a problem and when they just feel uncomfortable. Hint: if you are uncomfortable, there is probably a reason! In addition, there are times that others around you have different ethical guidelines than you.

What you will learn:

  • When applying to foundations to whom you are not well aligned is a problem
  • How connections between nonprofits and funders can give the appearance of a conflict
  • The difference between conflict of interest and the appearance of conflict of interest


GPCI Competencies and Skills:1.7, 2.8, 6.1, 6.4

This training aligns with the Grant Professional Certification Institute’s Competencies and Skills and is approved for 1.0 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Full participation in this training is also applicable for 1.0 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.

Length: 60 minutes

Ethics Grant Training Series

So often ethics about grants are focused on the mismanagement of grant funding which gets flashy headlines in the news. But ethics are important throughout the full grant lifecycle from research to reporting. Each training will present information tied to grant and development codes of conduct, standard grant best practices, and case studies and will facilitate a question and answer session for each core topic.

Session 1: Grant Ethics Codes of Conduct: What Do They Say and Why are They Different
GPCI competency and skill: 7.2
October 20, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Session 2: Grant Ethics for Prospect Research and Funder Relationships
GPCI competency and skills: 2.8, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4
February 4, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Session 3: Organizational Capacity and Readiness Grant Ethics
GPCI competency and skills: 2.6, 6.3, 6.8
March 10, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Session 4: Ethics for Grant Proposal Needs Statements
GPCI competency and skills: 3.1, 4.4, 6.3, 6.5
April 28, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Session 5: The Ethics of Program Design: Plans and Partners
GPCI competency and skills: 3.2, 6.3, 6.8
June 9, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT1

Session 6: Creating Grant Budgets and Sustainability Plans within an Ethical Framework
GPCI competency and skills: 4.8, 4.9, 4.10, 6.3, 6.6
August 25, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Session 7: The Ethics of Program Implementation and Reporting When Grant Funded
GPCI competency and skills: 5.2, 5.5, 6.7, 6.8
October 27, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Session 8: Grant Ethics for Consultants
November 3, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

The trainers for these sessions are all credentialed grant professionals (GPCs) who agree to adhere to the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) Code of Ethics and are GPA Approved Trainers. 


  • Available as one-hour training sessions or bundled as a full series

Cost: $50/session or $400 for the full series


Course curriculum

    1. Welcome: Let's Get Started

    2. Video: Grant Ethics for Prospect Research and Funder Relationships

    3. Session Evaluation

    4. Quiz: Grant Ethics for Prospect Research and Funder Relationships

About this course

  • $50.00
  • 4 lessons
  • 1 hour of video content