David McGhee stood in line, waiting to check out at a grocery store, and a customer recognized the philanthropy consultant and grant writer. So as his groceries were rung up, the person pitched an idea for a new program for the Flint YMCA.
The sharing continued as McGhee, who now works for the Skillman Foundation, headed to his car and placed his groceries inside.
Foundation and philanthropy staff hear ideas and are pitched projects at conferences and celebrations, at cocktail receptions and in emails to their bosses. Getting on their radar requires lightning-fast timing, good writing skills and an ability to connect the dots between an idea that needs funding and the foundation’s goals and priorities.
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