An example that comes to mind of unique fundraiser skills in action is when I was researching funding sources for an institution that cared for abused and neglected children. I came across a foundation which gave grants to organizations helping the homeless. Someone less experienced, less optimistic might have moved on from this foundation, because the children my organization assisted had a roof over their heads; however, I knew that initial view of our population wasn't entirely accurate. Some of the children had families to return to, but others were essentially homeless: their only legal guardian was a government agency and when they aged out of the child welfare system, and thus out of our organization, they would be without a home. I spoke to staff to figure out how many children qualified under this definition of homeless and applied for a grant to fund educational activities that would enhance the lives of these homeless children and their peers/housemates.
To this day that $7,500 grant award is one of my proudest professional moments even though it is not the largest award I ever received. I think most true fundraisers would agree that it is the opportunities which most test our abilities and show that we have a unique skill set that bring us the most satisfaction. A satisfaction, which for me, turned to joy when the lives of some of the most wonderful, strong, and curious children I ever had the pleasure to meet were positively impacted!