Four simple words, but such a powerful question to ask of your fellow grant professionals. “What Would You Do?” Being brave enough and having built a network where you feel comfortable discussing professional scenarios to see how a peer might have reacted or responded differently is a wonderful way to discuss best practices and to see the variety of ways that best practices can be successfully implemented.
The semi-annual topic for #grantchat has become a favorite for #grantchat as it gives us a chance to have the whole community weigh in on topics that we are being asked frequently by other members of the community. The questions we pose don’t have a black and white right or wrong answer, rather they have a range of acceptable and ethical responses that need to be considered carefully in each situation to see how they best fit within your organizational culture.
If you have a blog post or have an article that you would like to share about the concept, we would love for you to do so in the comment section or by using the #grantchat on the social media network of your choice.
Q1: You are asked/told to apply for an application that the funder indicated over email that you are not eligible for. WWYD? #grantchat
Q2: You are asked by a local group if you would work for vastly reduced hourly rate with a goal achievement-based payment at the end. WWYD? #grantchat
Q3: You are asked to set your own performance metrics for a new position that you will be filling. WWYD? #grantchat
Q4: You are asked to write an application for a client for a United Way that you also serve on the community panel for. WWYD? #grantchat
Q5: You have a VERY limited professional development budget. There are so many great opportunities to choose from. WWYD? #grantchat
Q6: You meet a grant maker at a conference and their card contains numerous methods of contact. You know you should follow-up… WWYD? #grantchat
Q7: You want to recognize a grant maker through social media for the first time. WWYD? #grantchat
Q8: You are asked to provide a writing sample to a new potential client or a new potential employer. WWYD? #grantchat
Q9: You realize after submitting a HUGE application that there is a typo that is significant to the materials consistency. WWYD? #grantchat
Q10: You find that the stress level from the numerous overlapping grant deadlines in your current position is not sustainable. WWYD? #grantchat