Libby Hikind, the Founder and CEO of GrantNews, GrantWatch and five other grant websites, was once a young aspiring writer. Libby was given the opportunity to start her writing career by a local newspaper that welcomed her first press release and feature article.
According to Ms. Hikind, she got her start in the 1980s with a class assignment while working towards her Educational Administration and Supervision Post Graduate degree at Brooklyn College. The assignment was to write an original press release about a program or activity at a school.
Libby wrote her press release about a Science Fair hosted by Isaac Bildersee Middel School, where she taught at the time, and submitted it to Nat Rothman, the school principal, for his approval. Seeing Libby’s potential and ambition, Mr. Rothman helped Libby revise her press release in keeping with the school culture. Libby submitted it to The Canarsie Courier and the Science Fair’s attendance was exceptional.
Her next Brooklyn College assignment was a full article with a byline. When NYC Council Member Herbert Berman addressed her Brooklyn College Politics in Education class, Libby took copious notes and, fueled with enthusiam, wrote a feature article for The Canarsie Courier. The editor at the paper, Charles Rogers (known as “Chuck”), then became her mentor. Libby recounts, “I’ll always remember how my hands shook when I went to buy multiple copies of the newspaper with my byline! I want to give this same opportunity to others, just as it was given to me.”
GrantNews, the premier blog for nonprofit and business leaders, is looking for new writers who currently work for nonprofits or small businesses and/or are willing to interview executives. According to Libby Hikind, “We are accepting articles about local replicable programs that benefit the community and can be modeled in other communities across the globe.”
Writers should include:
- The trials and tribulations,
- The impetus for starting the nonprofit or small business, and
- The successes that will encourage other nonprofit leaders to carry it forward.
The blog is also looking for writers who can provide social media, crowdfunding or fundraising “How-To” articles for nonprofit and small-business executives.
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