On April 15, 2015, over 70 CSO leaders, university students, and professors attended a Guest Lecture titled "Selling Your Organization through the Proposal" of Mark Grubb, USAID CGP Chief of Party, who is a development professional with over 20 years of executive management of international development assistance programs.

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USAID CGP COP Mark Grubb sharing his experience and secrets on how to be successful while applying for a grant, a job, a loan or university scholarship at the guest lecture "Selling your organization through the proposal", which was organized at the NPM Resource Center in KNU. 


Being well-known in the Kyrgyz Republic and in the Central Asia region, it was not a surprise that CSO leaders from Talas, and Naryn Oblast came to Bishkek to attend Mark Grubb's guest lecture, which was organized at the Nonprofit Management Resource Center in Kyrgyz National University. During the guest lecture, Mr. Grubb shared his deep knowledge and experience on how to be competitive and successful in getting a job, getting a loan or investment, getting a grant, or getting selected to a prestigious university or education program. He shared one secret – to be successful require basically the same approach no matter what you are competing for. The participants of the guest lecture learned some important secrets to follow to become successful in any application. First of all, find out what/who a grantor, investor, employer or university is seeking for and introduce either yourself or your organization and write/state a clear and strong justification, why you are the best solution for the stated need/sponsor so that they are interested to stop their choice on you or your organization. Clearly state and write a strong justification how you or your organization might become beneficial for the sponsor/employer or investor.

Mark Grubb's lecture was so well accepted that it lead to discussions, followed by "Questions and Answers" session, which lasted for almost three hours. Mr. Grubb responded to many questions of CSO leaders, students and professors and did not leave any request without attention. Mark Grubb also shared his business card and ask to send him directly questions or requests related to CGP mission and areas of work.

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Coordinator of Consortium of Universities on NPM Irys Beybutova introducing USAID CGP COP to CSO leaders, students and professors of the Consortium of Universities, who came to attend his guest lecture.

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Two CSO leaders, one from PF Andash in Talas, Andash Mambetaliev, (raising his hand to ask a question) and the other from PU Damishman Jumgal Kabary in Jumgal Rayon, Naryn Oblast, Janarbek Dopoev, travelled to attend Mark Grubb's lecture and to learn secrets of becoming successful in grant application.

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Mark Grubb's guest lecture was well attended by CSO leaders and intern from the York University in UK, William Mangham (in the middle of the photo with the notebook).

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Over 70 CSO leaders, students and professors of the Consortium of Universities attended USAID CGP COP Mark Grubb's guest lecture "Selling your organization through the proposal."

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Mark Grubb's guest lecture involved all the attendees and many of them used a chance to ask questions and clarify some unclear questions re: job application, loan, and grant application procedures and requirements.

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Students were very active at the guest lecture asking different questions re: nonprofit organizations and possibilities of internship with international organizations.

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USAID CGP COP Mark Grubb having an interesting conversation with the Lawyer of the Association of Parents of Disabled Children, Seinep Dyikanbaeva re: legislative documents and quality standards and if they exist to provide quality social services.

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USAID CGP COP Mark Grubb with 4th year KNU students, currently attending the 2nd elective NPM course "Nonprofits in the Contemporary World," are glad that such contentful and helpful lectures are organized at the NPM Resource Center in KNU.

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A KNU 4th year student, who currently attends the 2nd elective NPM course "Nonprofits in the Contemporary World," presents a memorable mark as a sign of respect and gratitude to Mark Grubb, USAID CGP COP for such a valuable experience and knowledge shared during the quest lecture.

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A joint photo of USAID CGP COP Mark Grubb and Consortium of Universities on NPM Coordinator Iryz Beybutova with participants of his guest lecture "Selling Your Organization through the Proposal."