Why Surfers and Grant Writers are Alike
A surfer’s success is determined by the strength of a wave…
…and his skill in riding a surfboard on that wave.
A grant writer’s success is based on the strength of the strategic plan…
…and his skill in writing a grant from that plan.
If a surfer is good, he maneuvers on the wave to extend his journey; if a grant writer is good, he maneuvers through the plan to create a compelling story.
A surfer can ride that wave nearly to beach, a surefire sign of success; a grant writer can ride that plan nearly to the doorstep of a funder, a surefire sign of success.
If you put a grant writer in an organization without a plan, he just sits at his desk and implores the Board of Directors to produce a powerful plan.
A surfboard needs a rider and a wave; a grant needs a writer and a plan.
Surfers and grant writers are really so much alike. They can do wonders with a wave and a plan. Without them, they become victims of inertia.