Question: I’m working on a grant application, and I find myself referring to our organization both in the third person and the first person. The third person sounds more professional, and I feel more comfortable “bragging” about our accomplishments in the third person. But the first person sounds warmer and more personal, and I think it tends to convey greater ownership/passion. Which approach should I take?
Answer: This is a common situation, and there is no hard and fast rule about it. I have seen both.
Personally, I tend to go mostly with the first person but use the organization’s acronym when it seems feasible and appropriate (not to overdo the “we”, to get the funder familiar with the organization’s name, and to sound official).
By the way, your focus should be more on what you do for and with the community and less on you, as much as possible. The third/first person issue should not be that big of a deal; don’t let it disrupt your flow.
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