I have more than twenty years experience writing grants and ten years as a freelancer. I have had the pleasure of teaching over fifty grantwriting classes to hundreds of non-profit professionals in the last four years.
Before becoming an instructor and freelance grantwriter, I was the lead grants manager for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. I have been a Site Reviewer for 4Culture and am a Guest Columnist for the Foundation Center - New York's blog. I am proud to be listed as a consultant with the prestigious Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory hosted by 501 Commons. I am a former board member of the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Advancement Northwest.
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.....
I was lucky. I had the great fortune of working for an organization early in my career that strongly believed in continuing education. I was sent to attend every grantwriting workshop that came to the Seattle area.
As a freelance grantwriter, I realized that there were a great number of nonprofit organizations out there that needed help with grantwriting and it became my goal to 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 of my classes based on feedback from my students and daily experiences working with nonprofits as a grantwriter and consultant. I have had the privilege of working with some of the most innovative and effective nonprofits out there. There is no greater joy than having a career that is so incredibly fulfilling.
I invite you to contact me with any questions you have. Invite me to come teach in your community. Let me know how I can be of service to you. Together we can make a difference!
Let's Get Started
Interested in working together? Here's my contact info.
spark the fire grantwriting
PO Box 2124
Vashon, WA 98070