Category Archives: Miscellaneous

25 Sep 2021

taking grant writing stock… my village… my work…

I recently had the opportunity to take stock of how my “village” and my grant writing work have formed and are still shaping who I am. It happened unexpectedly, as I responded to a local nonprofit’s request for consulting quote. To be honest, I have been “stuck” when it comes to blogging. Professionally, I have   Read More >

3 Jan 2021

2020’s Biggest “Loss”

2020’s biggest loss for me professionally was rigorously preparing for months, finally sitting for a professional credential, only to fail it. What a personal WIN! Grant Professional Certified WHAT? Yes. That is right. As of now, I can’t tout the letters GPC (Grant Professional Certified) as part of my professional identity; but do I ever sense   Read More >

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 >

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 >

5 Jun 2014

What is a Certified Grant Writer anyway?

Many folks ask me what a Certified Grant Writer (CGW) is and what, if any, value it adds to my experience as a grant writer. In 2009, I pursued excellence in grant writing. Over a four-month period, I took an intensive course through the American Grant Writers’ Association (AGWA). In order to complete the course,   Read More >