For those of you who have a grant writer, does the grant writer write all of the grants for your organization or do your gift officers write some grants? If not, what's the reasoning why the grant writer doesn't manage all things grant-related?
I work for a behavioral health organization and half of my job for 15 years was grant writing (I was the Grants and Database Coordinator before my latest promotion – a weird combination but it suited me perfectly).
For the most part, I wrote all of the corporate and foundation grants of $10,000 and above (clinical staff wrote our government grants). Those less than $10,000 I usually passed off to program or Development staff who were interested in learning about grant writing. There were two reasons for this – a lot of times people want to add grant writing to their skills base as they look to their career future, and because much of the time, there's not much difference in the work required for a $5,000 proposal and, say, a $50,000 proposal, so my time was better spent on larger opportunities. I still reviewed and edited their proposals, I just didn't write them.
Karen Warr, MPA, GPC Director of Development Operations
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