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 chosen to volunteer for those receiving the grant funds. It brings the work full circle. Another outlet for me is Rotary involvement. I encourage every grant writer to find a way to give back. My hope is that there will be numerous blog entries to follow which outline ways Bud and I have given back to the San Francisco community. Stay tuned on that one… much more to come.