Lesson #25 – Sustainability

Greetings to GrantLessons!

Spring is starting in the West. Tulips are almost ready to bloom. We have discussed over the last month, the need for a team to write applications for foundation grants and corporate contributions.

Sustainable is an interesting word meaning a resource is “able to be used without being completely used up or destroyed”. As we build our long term team to write applications  it is important that we do not use up our main resource for doing the work, which is the team member’s mind.

Unlike other work we may do for our chapter, the team member’s mind is what makes for success in getting checks for the chapter’s philanthropic programs. If the team member is enthusiastic it spills over to the other team members. If the team is patient and persistent about its work, it sets them up for success. If the team writes more applications that are a good match to the funder’s need to make awards, it increases the chances for success.

In order for the long term success, the words commitment, passion and conviction that as a team success will come has to be part of the team’s culture. Lastly, if each member has the right attitude, they will find fun in their work and will be ready to celebrate their participation and success in getting funding.

What are the chances for your chapter to succeed long-term? Do you need to start the conversation in your chapter about the long term success? Next week we will discuss how we go about tracking our progress in writing applications.

Catch me when you can and I will catch up with you soon. Sandie

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