Response to "2-4-6-8 Practicing Gratitude in Grant Work"

December 19, 2011 | By Guest Contributor | Post a Comment

(This guest post was written by Karen Norris, the grants manager for Montgomery College in Rockville, Md. She has more than 20 years experience supporting educational institutions in the state of Maryland and as a grants consultant.) I have to agree with Adrianne Fielding, in her November 28 posting, that gratitude is a practice worthy to be demonstrated throughout the year. It has value within our grant-related work and generally as part of daily life. In addition to being a positive practice, gratitude also allows us to be open to recognizing the good that surrounds us, including the benefits derived from the grant projects we help create and implement. Even when we are tested, gratitude can help us find value in our challenges.

Expressing gratitude and appreciation in this line of work, however, can create unwanted adverse impacts, particularly for grants in the public sector. From a personal or social perspective, it is common to send a thank you gift as an expression of appreciation. In business and in grant-related work, a gift could unwittingly create a code of ethics violation, for both the recipient and the well-intentioned sender. A handwritten thank you note, although seemingly insignificant, can provide an excellent option in most circumstances. Nice stationery or a card, and a good pen can further enhance the note’s message. While email is great and immediate, the handwritten note is an expression set apart from the growing clutter within our inboxes. So thank you, Adrianne, for the reminder about gratitude during this holiday season and throughout the year. I may have a few notes to write.

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