Working at a private foundation is interesting. We meet uplifting, passionate people. We see the success stories (and the ticks and fleas) of hundreds of nonprofits each year. We’ve learned a few things along the way:
1. It’s darkest before the dawn. Last week someone called about a grant extension because fundraising was lagging. This week they emailed to say they completed their capital campaign!
2. Grantseekers groan at setting project results. But love it when they exceed those very same goals. Human nature!
3. Even experienced grantseekers hesitate to ask questions. We think it’s the only way to get good work done. Please call 260-347-1278.
4. No one applies for grants in December. Maybe it’s all of the parties, Christmas programs, eating, shopping and wrapping…but no one sends grant apps in December. Look out January 2 though.