First, a little about my professional background.
I have over 40 years’ experience in nonprofit administration, grant proposal development, grant management, and nonprofit consulting. I have raised millions of dollars in federal, state, and foundation grants and worked extensively with the state legislature to establish funding streams for youth crisis services.
I began writing for The Grantsmanship Center News in the 1990s, became a Center trainer in 2000, and served as the Center’s Chief of Training & Curriculum for eleven years. In that role, I developed numerous training programs and webinars and taught thousands of nonprofit staff members throughout the US, in Puerto Rico, in Ireland, and in Ukraine.
As a writer, I’ve published hundreds of articles and blog posts, contributed regularly to The NonProfit Times, authored Grantsmanship: Program Planning and Proposal Writing, (the updated, expanded edition of Norton Kiritz’s seminal work in the field), and authored You Have A Hammer: Building Grant Proposals for Social Change.
I have served as an expert reviewer in numerous federal grant competitions for the Department of Education, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the Family and Youth Services Bureau. I testified before the US Congress on the reauthorization of the National Endowment for the Arts concerning a state-wide program I designed in collaboration with the Vermont Council on the Arts.
I’m pleased with those accomplishments, but what makes me truly happy is the difference I believe my work has made in the lives of others. It’s been a privilege to use grants as tools for social change. Here are a few highlights.
- After years of community meetings and planning, Return House, a transitional living program for young people returning to the community from jail, became a reality.
- When federal funds to assist runaway and homeless youths were cut drastically, we formed a coalition with other service providers and secured support to keep the network strong.
- We provided support for the most distressed children in first grade and stuck with those same kids, promoting their social and emotional development for four years.
This work would have been impossible if not for the help of the fine, dedicated colleagues who worked with me hand-in-hand.
When I think of grants, I don’t think of the money. I think of the changes in the lives of people that were made possible by using grant money as a tool to make things better.