15 May 2020

Writing Brings Peace

Writing brings peace in the midst of chaos. Connection in the midst of isolation. Recollection of good memories. Impact for those under-served. “I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn.” – Anne Frank The Writing Flow For you, maybe it’s the repetition of a swim stroke, the feel   Read More >

23 Mar 2020

COVID-19 – Pointing to Local, State, and National Funding

A place to start your funding search. Below are places to start the most efficient search for related COVID-19 funding opportunities. Professionals [according to the web links] will add to the lists daily. Because states will release additional funds and nonprofits will continue to announce new opportunities. The funding opportunities will grow. A fellowship exists   Read More >

24 Feb 2020

Perception Connects Grant Consulting and Rotary Leadership

“To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions.”  — Stephen R. Covey, Leadership Author Rotary is a place to belong, to serve, and to grow professionally. I’ve belonged to the Rotary Club of Cabarrus County NC and the Rotary Club of San Francisco CA). Professional men and women, of all ages, work as part   Read More >

29 Jan 2020

The Retro 51 Pencil – Always a Good Vintage

Is it strange to have a decade-long love affair with a particular vintage of a pencil? So it is for me and the Retro 1951 brand of mechanical pencil. This gem is the perfect companion for scratching out a grocery list to mapping out a grant proposal plan. “… Life is too short to carry an UGLY   Read More >

2 Jan 2020

Diving into the Decade with 20/20 Purpose

“It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?” [Henry David Thoreau] Welcome to 2020 and to GRANTdog’s new series of blog posts under the title popPEN w/purpose. As indicated in my bio, I’ve had a pen in my hand for a while now. Somehow, the intentionality to   Read More >

19 Jan 2017

A Hidden Figure: Am I different because I knew her?

As a 1982 college freshman who began her work at NASA Langley, Hampton, Virginia, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. Rumor was the campus was filled with young male engineering students from around the US and, as an 18-year-old girl, that aspect certainly interested me. This afternoon, I stole   Read More >

28 Jul 2016

Want to be a better grant writer? Stop writing!

He came running down the stairs toward me, apologizing for his tardiness and for leaving me alone in the lobby for an idle 15 minutes. “Crazy morning, call ran long, come on upstairs, etc.” 15 minutes. 15 minutes to watch a story unfold, looking on as a volunteer wheeled in an elderly nun, habit neatly   Read More >

1 Sep 2015

Giving back to the Community is Essential

I like to think of grant writing in its simplest format as community outreach. To me, service breeds service and teaming with those who are meeting critical needs takes on a mindset of outreach. I choose to go beyond the confines of the pen, however, and put actions behind the words. Many times, I have   Read More >

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