Allison Shirk is an Approved Specialist in the Nonprofit Resource Directory, a vetted resource of nonprofit consultants recommended by their clients and peers. She has more than twenty years' experience in fund development with a focus on grantwriting. She has trained over 5,000 individuals in the last five years and helped nonprofits raise millions more.


Allison specializes in grantwriting, fundraising, case statements, strategic planning, evaluation, continuous quality improvement, and nonprofit development.
She co-founded a nonprofit and has worked in increasingly responsible fundraising roles for 20 years. She is a Columnist for the Foundation Center - New York, The Sustainable Nonprofit.

I have written successful grant applications to the following grantmakers:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Health Resources Services Administration

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Kresge Foundation

Boeing Foundation

Norcliffe Foundation

Medina Foundation

Northwest Children's Fund

Employees Community Fund of Boeing

SAFECO Foundation


Bank of America

and many more.....





My Story

As the daughter of a social worker, I realized I wanted to help others and make the world a better place early on. I have worked in homeless shelters, in assisted living facilities, and multi-service centers focused on helping those most in need. 

I came to realize that individuals and organizations have great ideas to make a difference, but need more funding to do so. I began taking classes in fundraising with a focus on grantwriting.

After working as the Lead Grants Manager for one of the largest nonprofits in the country, I decided to start a family and became a freelance grant writer. I soon 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

allison shirk

PO Box 2124
Vashon, WA 98070

(206) 734-6521