As we look ahead to International Grant Professionals Day
, I cannot help but wonder – what does it really mean to be a grant professional?
When I was a kid, I used to go to the beauty parlor (am I dating myself yet?)
. The beautician (yep, I definitely just dated myself now
) had a sign hanging by her chair that said something like - “I am a hairdresser, a therapist, a coach, a cheerleader, and a magician.”
Today, I wish I had this sign to hang in my office. As a grant professional, on any given day, I have conducted a therapy session with the development director who is in a sheer state of panic trying to juggle numerous grant deadlines; coached a CEO through what seemed like a never-ending conversation of should we apply or should we not; and magically transformed some bulleted notes into a program design. Whew…and that was all before noon!