Why I Heart Google Grants

Thursday, July 24, 2008 | 12:08 PM


I wanted to share with you what I do for Google Grants behind the scenes, so welcome to my life as a Google Grants optimization volunteer. When I'm not helping advertisers build and refine their accounts, traveling to visit clients or doing other work-related things, I take every free moment to help grant recipients like you make the most of your accounts.

As an Optimization Specialist in AdWords, I gained skills to quickly and efficiently build accounts for our advertisers. And as a Grants volunteer for almost three years, I've applied my skills as an optimizer to help build Grants accounts and help our grant recipients start on the right foot. Part of the fun of optimizing Grants accounts--from cancer foundations to museums--is seeing their websites. It really is amazing that almost any cause out there has such a support network, and I'm inspired by all of your dedication to helping others.

Recently, my volunteering has gone into overdrive: I've been ordering our annual Googler volunteer-appreciation gifts and organizing, editing and distributing our internal volunteer newsletter. In the process, I've contacted some of you to ask permission to use your testimonials and photos. Every grant recipient I've spoken with has so appreciated the Google Grants program and described the benefits it's brought them. Interacting with some of you has made my volunteer work come full-circle.

Thank you all for doing what you do. Each one of you is trying to make the world better, and knowing that makes volunteering worth making time for.