A Reflection on Appreciation


As the year draws to a close, I am spending time thinking about the gratitude, regard, and appreciation I have for the people and organizations that have had an impact on me personally and on GrantStation during 2018.

Nationally and internationally, there has been a trend toward anger, fear, and uncivil behavior, and it is easy to focus on the bad and expect the worst (I am guilty of this).

However, I respectfully suggest that each of you join me to pause and reflect on your own positive interactions over the past twelve months – I promise that you will feel better for having done so.

In Appreciation

GS Members:

There are over 15,000 individual Members of GrantStation. Over 15,000 organizations and professional grantwriters who strive, every day, to better their world through their passion for their mission. I am thankful for the opportunity to serve these organizations and individuals, by offering them the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects, as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grantseeking process. Our Members inspire me.

Our Partners:

I appreciate the high standards and integrity of our partners. These organizations, businesses, and people are all devoted to making the world a better place and are a joy to work with.

Our Premium Licensing Partners represent over 45,000 organizations and individuals active in the nonprofit sector. They provide full access to GrantStation to their members, and we at GrantStation are honored to work with them.

Our 50+ Membership Value Partners represent tens of thousands of organizations active in the nonprofit sector. They offer full access to GrantStation to their members at a greatly reduced price, and we at GrantStation are thrilled to be able to support them in offering this member benefit.

Our Community Partners, including Blue Avocado, Good360, GuideStar, and TechSoup, are all organizations dedicated to the health and development of the nonprofit sector and those organizations and individuals who work within the sector. GrantStation greatly values these relationships, as do I.

GrantStation, Company and Staff:

The GrantStation mission is “We are dedicated to creating a civil society by assisting the nonprofit sector in its quest to build healthy and effective communities.”  I am grateful to have the opportunity to work in a company that actively chooses to be helpful to others.

This attitude starts at the top with Cynthia Adams, GrantStation’s Founder and CEO – Her life's work has been to level the playing field, creating opportunities for all nonprofit organizations, regardless of size or geographic location, to secure the funds they need to do their good work.

And our staff members – located from Alaska to Spain – are equally dedicated to fulfilling that mission, both personally and professionally. My coworkers are smart, engaged, hard-working, and filled with a “can do” attitude. They have amazing backgrounds – indeed, we are a bunch of “do gooders.” We at GrantStation are active volunteers and board members in our own communities, and around the world – and our grassroots involvement with nonprofit organizations and government entities helps us to relate to the needs of our Members.


Much of GrantStation’s success comes from embracing technology.

GrantStation is an online Membership that gives organizations the resources to 1) win their share of grant funding by identifying new grant opportunities in our databases, 2) build a strong grants strategy with our planning tools, and 3) write powerful proposals with our step-by-step tutorials. This would not have possible 25 or 30 years ago. (My first computer in the late 1980s had a floppy disk boot, measured capacity in kilobytes, and required DOS commands; commercial Internet service providers didn’t exist.)

Technology also enables us to be a cloud company, with no physical offices. Our staff is not geographically limited, so we can ensure the best fit for a role within the company.

Thank You:

With gratitude, regard, and appreciation, I thank you for being my inspiration, and for your contributions to the nonprofit sector and wish you a very Happy New Year.