After 9 years of service, Grants Manager and Donor Services Specialist, Annette Smith, has announced her retirement for the end of February. We asked her to share her story and what it meant to her to be a part of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne.
After working 32 years in the corporate environment, it was a different world coming to work for the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. When I started with the Community Foundation in 2009, it was my job to learn all about our competitive grant cycle and granting to our local nonprofits. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the nonprofits in our community and being able to support them and all the great things they are doing.
After a few years of working with our grantees (nonprofits we give grants to), I began working with our donors and helping them with their charitable giving. I developed relationships with some of the most giving and kind people. When working with donors, you learn their stories and why giving back is so important to them. I met so many inspirational people that just wanted to give back to their hometown that has given them so much over the years.