A Day in the Life of a Corporate Grant Maker (Yep. I love my job.)
So, my wife just called me and asked “Whatcha doin’?” I told her that I was emailing someone in Brussels about a grant recommendation to a charity in India being worked on by someone in D.C. When I hung up the phone after our brief chat I found myself ridiculously happy about my work. I love my job.
In addition to serving as a program advisor for our disaster preparedness and relief initiatives worldwide, I also assist our non-U.S. regions with their local market strategic grant-making initiatives. It’s over-the-top encouraging to receive reports and stories from our grantees about the good work they are doing around the world and to know that FedEx has played a small part in helping them do what they do.
Just the other day I received some photos from the Salvation Army in Mexico City. Not too long ago we donated a Disaster Response Unit (canteen truck) to them. In addition to using it for feeding survivors of disasters and first responders, they also use the vehicle to feed the homeless. One of the photos that they sent to me showed a group of youngsters that had been served food from the truck. One of the boys in the photo is holding up a handwritten sign that says “Gracias FedEx” (Thank You FedEx). I’ve got a copy of that photo tacked up to my cube wall! It’s inspiring.
In our work with Red Cross we created a small business preparedness checklist. We just finished updating it and we make it available in English and Spanish on our www.fedex.com/smallbusiness and www.fedex.com/minegocio websites for businesses to download for free. It’s heartening to know that this checklist may be downloaded by small business owners and may be the very thing that keeps them in business should a disaster occur.
During the course of a typical day I’ll receive reports about FedEx colleagues volunteering at a food bank in NYC, disaster relief work we are supporting in China, how we are helping young entrepreneurs in Argentina, FedEx volunteers planting trees in Canada, our disaster preparedness initiatives in Africa, and our child pedestrian safety programs in India.
Our philanthropic initiatives help make FedEx a great place to work, providing us with opportunities to engage our communities in varied and meaningful ways. They strengthen the communities where we do business creating environments where businesses may thrive and where the quality of life may be enhanced for all.
A day in the life of a corporate grant maker.
Yep. Love my job.