As part of our celebration of National Volunteer Week, we asked some of our GMN volunteers to write about why they are so dedicated to this network of grantmaking professionals.
Genise Singleton (The Kresge Foundation) is chair of GMN’s Midwest Regional Chapter
Most individuals volunteer to uphold or support a cause close to their heart. Perhaps the organization supported a family member in the past so there is a deep level of commitment. Or just to help others, but my reason for volunteering in the Grants Managers Network is simple. The benefits!
The Grants Managers Network has given me the unique opportunity to demonstrate and gain leadership skills; exchange knowledge; share and learn a new skill; connect with individuals across the country; be challenged; learn something new; gain recognition; have impact; mentor; build my resume; make new friends; be part of a team.
The rewards of gaining a skill or technique don’t always equal currency. Volunteering for GMN….priceless.