Nome -- September 28, 2011
Locals complained that the summer of '11 was not so nice. It was rainy and cold. But Mother Nature must have felt sorry for them since today had to be one of the nicest late September days on record here.
I was in town to facilitate a Funder's Forum for a group of grant writers from Nome and neighboring villages. These sessions are where the Denali Commission, Mental Health Trust, Alaska Housing, HUD, USDA, DCCED, and Rasmuson present their programs and connect with local communities so they will ask for funding for their priority projects.
These sessions have been held for over a decade and have been presented in at least a dozen communities.
They are useful for the communities and also a great way for the funders to spend quality time with each other and discover new ways to collaborate.
Unfortunately we have not done any of these sessions since 2009. But today the group did their presentations like they rehearsed for months. Hopefully, we'll do another one soon.
The smidgen of insight today is that while much of the dialog was the same as in the past. This time the funders were more candid with the group. They delivered the brutal facts that the potential for less, more restricted funding in the future is inevitable, especially from the feds.
The October newsletter is about to launch and we will elaborate on this new economic reality then.
But for now, I will let the Alaska Air attendants shut the door as I hunker down to finish that article.
Wonder where I will be next time?