As Grantchat founders and co-moderators we, Diane and Jo, want to express our deepest gratitude for each person who has participated in our chat throughout the life of grantchat. Each week we are inspired by our community and how they build and grow the grants profession. Their passion for their client’s and their organization’s missions come through loud-and-clear as they share their best practices, success stories and their challenges.
We are grateful to be part of something that is connecting people intent on helping do-gooders succeed in our own backyards and around the world.
We are grateful to each of our Grantchat Contributors and guests who have shared their expertise with our community.
We are beyond grateful for each of our Grantchat Ambassadors. Many of our grantchatters have been with us from the beginning. They have hosted ‘grantchat live’ sessions at GPA chapter meetings, one-on-one with other grant professionals or hosted a lunch and learn featuring grantchat.
Our community shared their thoughts on gratitude and grants – aka Grantitude. We asked Grantchatters what gratitude for grants means to them and we were not disappointed. Here are just a few of the wonderful answers Grantchatters gave when asked what Grant Gratitude means to them:
Showing gratitude to a funder for a grant award can be as simple as a hand written note signed by the organizaiton’s staff or a short ‘thank you’ video that can be posted on social media. Giving gratitude for grants shouldn’t be limited to a thank you note to a funder when you receive a grant. In fact, the times where gratitude can mean the most is when the grant isn’t funded. Recognizing the hard work of those who were part of your grant team, of the partners who stepped up to write letters of support and/or contribute in-kind or matching funds to the grant, and so many others that are often part of the grant development process can go a long way in helping team members and partners feel positive about investing time and energy in grant seeking.
There are many ways to show your grantitude and many people that deserve our thanks – win or lose the grant award. The best practice around showing gratitude is: DO IT! We suggest making gratituted part of your process. For instance, keep a list of all of those people who helped you as you built your grant application and, once the grant is submitted, dedicate an afternoon in ‘grant gratitude’ to send thank you notes or letters of appreciation to each person who contributed to the success of developing and submitting the application on time (because we all know that is a feat worthy of recognition).
We recommend reviewing the grantchat storify on grants and gratitude for more stellar tips on giving and receiving gratitude concerning all things grants.
We want to express our grantitude for the Grant Professionals Association staff, Kelly and Barb, for their dedication to the association and the GPA members. They have stepped up to challenges that go beyond their ‘job descriptions’ to meet the demands of a growing association – even through some significant growing pains.
With gratitude – Diane and Jo