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1. Responsive Grant Reflections -- Round 1!
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By Jeannie Howell, Community Impact Officer 

Before I dove into the world of Foundation work, I worked on the other side of the coin – writing grants and seeking funding for nonprofits. As a development director, I spent my work days creating relationships with potential donors, funders and cultivating new opportunities for funding that would grow, sustain and support the much needed services of the organizations for which I worked. Every ‘Yes’ I got for a grant or a sponsorship, was always followed by an avalanche of ‘No’s and it is not always easy to remain optimistic in the face of such constant rejection. While I no longer work in development, my time in those positions gave me a deep appreciation and admiration for those that choose to dedicate their careers to nonprofit work. Whether you are in fundraising, programming, or are a board member, the blood sweat and tears that it takes to keep things rolling is inspiring on so many levels.

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