Goofus and Gallant Go Grantseeking

Do you remember the magazine Highlights for Children? You might have read it in the doctor's office waiting room when you were a kid -- or maybe your grandmother gave you a subscription for your birthday. One of the perennial features of Highlights is a cartoon called "Goofus and Gallant" -- illustrating ways that a good, conscientious kid (Gallant) differs from his feckless, impetuous brother (Goofus).

Goofus always takes the low road -- he licks his plate instead of washing it; he drinks straight out of the tap instead of filling his water glass. In contrast, Gallant always tries to do the right thing, without taking shortcuts or hurting feelings.

As the Chicago Tribune tells us, this has been going on since Highlights was first published in the 1940s.

Case in point, 1960: "Goofus turns on the television when there are guests; whenever guests arrive, Gallant turns off the television at once."

And this gem from 1979 (referring to the magazine's practice of publishing creative writing by its readers): " 'I'll copy this poem and send it in,' says Goofus; Gallant writes his own story."

There's a Goofus in all of us... and a Gallant too. As Highlights Editor Kent Brown told the Chicago Tribune blogger, "No one is as good as Gallant, and no one is as bad as Goofus. But being more like Gallant is something to strive for."

In that spirit, consider my take on how Goofus and Gallant would approach the profession of grantseeking. 

What are your tips for grantseeking, Gallant-style? Please leave a comment to share!