Allison Shirk has more than twenty years experience writing grants and ten years experience as a freelance grantwriter. She has taught over fifty grantwriting classes to hundreds of non-profit professionals in the last four years.
Before becoming an instructor and freelance grantwriter, she was Lead Grants Manager for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. She is a Site Reviewer for 4Culture and a Guest Columnist for the Foundation Center - New York's blog. Allison is listed as a consultant with the prestigious Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory hosted by 501 Commons. She is a former board member of the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Advancement Northwest Chapter.
I have written successful grant applications to the following foundations:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Health Resources Services Administration
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
and many more.....
When I worked for Catholic Community Services, I had the great fortune of having a supervisor who believed strongly in continuing education. I was sent to attend every grantwriting workshop, seminar, and course that came to the Seattle area. I attended the good, the bad, and the great. When I later left the organization to become a freelance grantwriter and start a family, I quickly realized that there were more nonprofit organizations out there needing a grantwriter than I could possible take on. I decided rather than hiring other freelancers to help me, I would help nonprofits build their own internal capacity to write grants. I taught my first class at my local library and it was a hit. And I loved it!
Every since then, I have been continuously refining the curriculum based on feedback from my students and my new daily experiences in grantwriting with the handful of clients with which I work. The result is a proven set of workshops that participants enjoy and learn from.
I invite you to contact me with any questions you have or to to reach me regarding an teach in your community. Together we can make a difference!