An attitude of gratitude for grant professionals everywhere.
Coming off of the heels of the Grant Professional Association 2015 National Conference and in contemplating the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, I find myself reflecting on all that I am thankful for in my personal and professional life.
Personally, it’s easy to know what I am thankful for. I just had a beautiful baby boy that made his entrance at the end of September. His entry into the world brought together a symphony of caring from family and friends supporting me through a trimester of bed rest. I could not be more thankful for each and every one of them.
On a professional note, I find myself very thankful for an industry of professionals dedicated to the advancement of social issues. In an era when the news seems more and more bleak every day, there is an army waging war against the many atrocities and disparities facing our world. I am thankful for those that create the programs, craft the proposals for funding, offer the funding channels, manage the funds, execute the programs, and seek the answers to “what works best.” Grant professionals wear many of these hats.
No matter how much or how little we think we are responsible for, we are all part of the greater movement to find a path to a brighter future, for us and for generations to come.
For this, I am thankful.