Some of my work involves draft contracts, this doesn’t make me an attorney.
Some projects require me to design flyers, brochures, etc., this doesn’t make me a marketing professional.
I am a writer and a grants professional.
I have legitimately worked in this capacity since my employment in a biological oceanography professor’s research laboratory at Texas A&M University back when I was a student there in 1990. After that introduction, all of my future full-time employment positions have been centered in the grants world.
Grants professionals (legitimate ones) hold themselves to a high ethical standard. As professionals, most follow the guidelines outlined by the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), http://www.grantprofessionals.org/ethics; and the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) http://www.afpnet.org/Ethics.
My pet peeve is… all of the people I run across out there that are marketing themselves as “award-winning grant writers”, peddling their “trade secrets” and “grant award winning strategies” to unsuspecting, desperate people and organizations — no matter their actual field of professional experience, or in what area their educational degrees were attained.
Having a Masters or Doctorate degree in ‘whatever’ does not qualify a person to serve as a professional in any ol’ field or industry that they see fit.
Having a minor/supportive hand in the overall compilation of a grant proposal does not give one the right to claim ownership of its success.
Why do these people think that grants work is a field that’s ‘fair game’?
It’s disrespectful to those of us that have put our blood, sweat and tears into assisting organizations to secure grant funding in support of reputable, society-serving projects and programs.
It’s a disservice to those unsuspecting non-profits and individuals that are simply seeking out some legitimate help in learning how to navigate the federal, state, foundation and/or corporate grant-giving world.
Let’s be professional about all respective careers.
Give credit where credit is due and stop over-inflating our own PR in the interests of prestige and the pursuit of the almighty dollar.