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2019 Grant Professional Class of Distinguished Fellows Award

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The Grant Professionals Association, Grant Professionals Certification Institute, and Grant Professionals Foundation is proud to announce the 2019 Grant Professional Class of Distinguished Fellows Award Recipient. This year’s inductee is the late Michael King Wells of Portland, Oregon. 

(Editor’s Note: This article first appeared as a GPA article here). The Grant Professionals’ Class of Distinguished Fellows recognizes and preserves the history of professional grant proposal writers, grant managers, and grant development professionals. The Grant Professionals Distinguished Fellows include individuals who have raised the level of awareness in the grant profession through their distinguished achievement and excellence or through their contributions to the grant profession in other fields of work.

Michael Wells was one of the association’s pioneers (member number 12), holding a Legacy membership status for 18 years before his death. He received national certification from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) in 2007. Michael served many organizations, both as a member of the board of directors and as a volunteer, to include: Grant Professionals Association, Grant Professionals Certification Institute, and Puget Sound Grantwriters Association. A few of the awards and honors he received are the Pauline Annarino Award from GPCI in 2009 and his local chapter’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

Michael shared his talents and skills in various books, articles, and resources throughout his career. As an expert in the profession, he wrote many articles for the Journal of the Grant Professionals Association, Charity Channel Press, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. He wrote three literature reviews for GPCI and created a curriculum beneficial to those employed by local governments, nonprofits, and school systems at Portland State University.

In addition to his contribution to the grants profession, Michael modeled a life devoted to social justice, ethics, and showcased a passion for the nonprofit sector and profession. The individuals that knew him, wanted to be like him when they “grew up”. He was a man of great principle, heart, intelligence, and kindness and personified the term “grant professional”. 

GPA will honor Michael's contributions alongside his family at the 2019 GPA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on November 7 during the Opening Session and Awards Presentation.

Make sure to stop by eCivis's booth (number three) at the Annual GPA Conference this year! Looking forward to seeing you there.