Amanda Day is a national trainer and speaker. With 20 years of grant prospect research, writing, and management experience, she has the knowledge, know-how, and stories to keep every workshop participant and conference attendee engaged and better prepared to succeed in the grant profession. She is well versed in federal and private grant funding, as well as educating up and using your professional network to best build your career path. Her passion lies in preparing grant professionals to successfully fund their organizational and community needs, along with meeting their personal career and leadership goals.
She began her career on the federal and state funding side of the field, working with government agencies, and later moved to the world of consultancy to work with nonprofits on the private side of the grant world. Amanda is currently employed with Dickerson Bakker as a Grant Consultant, working with faith-based organizations and other nonprofits to meet their funding needs. Along with Kimberly Hays de Muga, she is a co-host of Fundraising HayDay, a podcast about grants and such. She earned her GPC in 2008, and is a member of the inaugural class of GPCs (Grant Professional Certified).
She spent 14 years employed full-time as a grants administrator for local governments, including a long stint with the City of Alpharetta. During her tenure there, she secured more than $20 million in federal and state funding for various local government needs, including transportation infrastructure, outdoor recreation, first responder equipment, recycling programs, and stormwater improvements. Afterward, she started her own consulting work and was a trainer for Grant Writing USA for six years, educating thousands of nonprofit and government employees on the ins and outs of grant writing and management.
She’s a past President of both the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI). She’s also a member of the Georgia Grant Professionals Association, where she previously served as the Chair of the Southern Regional Grant Conference. She is the recipient of the GPCI President’s Award and has been published in the GPA Journal.
She graduated from Southwest Baptist University with a BS in Communications and Psychology. Amanda is married with two children, a big concert goer, and an avid reader.
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