Community Grant Reader: Stephanie Sullivan

Community Grant Reader: Stephanie Sullivan

Read what inspired Stephanie Sullivan to become a community grant reader with YCCF and learn how you can join this passionate group of volunteers.

How did you learn about this volunteer opportunity?
I received an e-mail invitation. I assumed it was because of my YS Dollars for Scholars connection to YCCF.

What do you like best about being a community grant reader?
Learning about the different organizations and things they are doing in York County. I’m not from York County so it is really interesting to learn about all the different organizations and all of the good work they are doing.

Which causes are you most passionate about?
I’m actually passionate about non-profits as a sector. When I read applications, I’m trying to find ways to give constructive feedback to the organization to improve their proposal writing and budgeting in general. More specifically, however, I like education, art, and anything international.

Which grant was the most impactful for you, and why?
I can’t say that I have a “favorite” grant. I do appreciate the applications that are creative in building partnerships with existing organizations (i.e., local schools, YMCA day care centers, senior community centers) to make the work go a little deeper, or reach a broader audience, or otherwise be more sustainable.

What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you? 
I was born in California, but I started grade school in Belfast, Northern Ireland. However, my son tells me the more surprising thing to know about me is that I majored in Russian Literature in college and graduate school.

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