Happy Holidays 2014

Diane and Jo wish you Happy Holidays!

We want to thank our Grantchat community and our supporters for an amazing year. In 2014, we saw tremendous growth and greater connections for grant professionals through social media. We have been fortunate to experience and witness friendships, mentorships and professional collaborations that were initiated through our weekly#grantchat conversations.

Why was 2014 a great year for Grantchat?

 #Grantchat grew beyond a weekly chat.

Now, we have grantchat.org, a website where we can provide you with previews of the questions for our next chat and where we can grab a few of the brilliant nuggets from our chats and highlight them in a Grantchat weekly blog. Also, Grantchat.org  is home to our grantchat archives and a live feed to expand our community reach  beyond our weekly 1-hour Twitter chat. All of these additions have helped our community to include more professionals in our discussions and in our efforts to create more awareness and conversation about important topics impacting the grants profession.

We had a blast at the Grant Professionals Association in Portland, Oregon this year – #GPACONF14.  One of the highlights was meeting other grantchatters in person! We can’t express how thrilling it is to see 2 grantchatters recognize each other for their first time face-to-face interaction and to see the online bond instantly transfer to an in person connection!

We are so grateful to our Grantchat Ambassadors and Grantchat Contributors for their support, for being our guests, and for making #grantchat valuable. You see, a Tweet chat is only as good as its contributors and wow, does this community contribute! We even launched our Ambassador and Contributor Badges, we invite you to display yours on your website, email signature and social media profiles.

A Program of Smartegrants

We – Diane and Jo – started our partnership with the launch of a Twitter chat. The ‘chat’ was always part of a bigger dream, a bigger purpose. SmartEGrants is the next step in our dream to build the tools and community we wish we had when we each began our journey in the world of grants. In 2014, we worked to build that dream. As 2015 rolls out, so will SmartEGrants! We are excited to share this next phase with this amazing community.

Next Chat in 2015

We are taking today, December 23rd and the following Tuesday, December 30th off from #Grantchat. We will resume our Tuesday 12 Noon EST on January 6th, 2015.

 

Until then, we wish you all the very best this holiday season and thank each person we have met along this journey for the difference you have made in this community, in the advancement of the grants profession, and – most important – the great work you do to make ‘good’ happen in your communities.

We are privileged to know you.

Happy Holidays!

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Diane and Jo

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