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Get to Know Us Through the Books We Read

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“If you want to be a writer you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” —Stephen King


It is well-known that reading improves writing, and writing is a large part of the responsibilities of a grant professional. Because of this, the DH Leonard Consulting Team discussed our reading lives recently based on a shortened version of the What Does Your Bookshelf Say About You? Discussion presentation developed by Trish Bachman, GPC and me for the Grant Professionals Association annual conference.


Here is the summary of our discussion so you can learn more about the team:


What are your favorite books, blogs, and podcasts about grant writing/fund development?


To read more about these books, check out Three Books that Should be on Every Grant Professional’s Bookshelf.


Why do you read?

  • Escape
  • Relax
  • Provide boundaries
  • Help fall asleep
  • Learn
  • Reading is like food. It is a necessity.
  • You can go anywhere with a book.
  • The social aspect of discussing books – book clubs, Bookstagram, etc.
  • To be sophisticated


What books sparked your love for reading?


What is the last book finished?


What book do you frequently recommend to others?


We’d love to get you know you through books as well. We would love to hear what the last book is that YOU finished. Let us know in the comments section!

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About The Author
After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Studies from Ball State University, Bethany Turner got her start in the grant professional as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in 2011. Since becoming a grant professional, Bethany has worked with six different organizations securing more than a million dollars in federal, state, and private foundation funds. These grant monies have been awarded for disaster response and rebuilding, humanitarian aid, grief counseling, arts and culture, arts education, drama therapy, historic preservation, and higher education. In 2015, Bethany earned a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration from Western Kentucky University. Bethany serves as a Grant Consultant for DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, LLC. Bethany became a Grant Professional Certified in October of 2016


  • By Ruth 10 Jan 2019

    This is great. I feel that I should send you a list of what I read so you can analyze me. My husband refers to my reading preferences as “disturbing”.

    I am looking for my next great read…considering We Fed an Island by Jose Andres, Congo Stories by John Prendergast and Fidel Bafilemba, or Mobilising the Diaspora by Alexander Betts.

  • By Bethany Turner 11 Jan 2019

    Hi Ruth. Anytime you want to talk books I am all ears. I haven’t heard of those books. You will have to let know how they are.

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