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Grant Proposal Writing Experience

To date, I’ve helped my clients and employers raise a total of $109.054 million. The Sacramento County Office of Education just received notification of an award for $1.2 million for Arts Programs and Training in the County. One of my clients recently received a $225,000 award from Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation to provide much-needed mental health services for seasonal workers who live in a rural area just outside of Sacramento. These services will be provided after working hours and on weekends to ensure easy access. My client also received an additional $15,000 from another funder to provide more of these services. Another client received $3.8 million for services serving homeless women and children.

To date, I have written more than 1,400 Federal, State and County proposals, corporate and private foundation grant requests, and major gift and planned giving proposals. More than 500 of these were submitted to Federal and State agencies.

Much of the initial work for several hundred of these proposals included extensive “program development” to flesh out needs, goals, objectives, outcomes and evaluation methodology, thorough line item budgets and preparation of detailed standard material (“boilerplate”). Once you have comprehensive boilerplate material, you can be ready for that next exciting funding opportunity and still stay relatively sane!

I have also reviewed more than 800 additional grant proposals and provided feedback and improvement suggestions to clients. As a result of all my work, clients have proposals that are more comprehensive, compelling, and competitive and they are more likely to be successful in raising money through the grants process.

Much of the initial work for several hundred of these proposals included extensive “program development” to flesh out detailed descriptions of specific activities and the short- and long-term outcomes of that work.

Clients include the following:

  • Saint Vincent de Paul Society of Placer County
  • Saint John’s Program for Real Change – a client since 2008
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Sacramento and Northern California
  • The Impact Foundry – formerly the Nonprofit Resource Center – working with them since 1995
  • Terkensha Associates
  • Powerhouse Science Center – turning the old Powerhouse on the river into a 21st century science venue
  • California Asian-Pacific Chamber of Commerce
  • Powerhouse Ministries, Folsom
  • California Homebuilding Industry Foundation
  • Davis Energy Group and the City of Davis, California
  • Sacramento Gay Men’s Chorus
  • Girl Scouts Heart of Central California
  • Sacramento Steps Forward
  • The Salvation Army, Alameda County, California – I’ve worked with representatives from various Salvation Army offices since 2003, including Del Oro Divisional Headquarters, Alameda Corps, and Lodi Corps
  • Saint John’s Program for Real Change – since 2008
  • Del Oro Divisional Headquarters, The Salvation Army – since 2003
  • Fresh Start Foundation, Wilmington, Delaware
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Heidrick Agricultural History Center
  • Team Donate Life, Inc.
  • Folsom Lake Community Concert Association
  • Bob Oliver Baseball Academy – since 2001
  • Sacramento Youth Development & Enrichment, Inc.
  • Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Stockton
  • Domestic Violence Intervention Center

  • Alaska Primary Care Association
  • Relationship Skills Center
  • Encourage Tomorrow
  • City of Citrus Heights, California
  • Franklin Elementary School District Education Foundation, Yuba City
  • Chicks in Crisis
  • California Primary Care Association
  • Powerhouse Ministries
  • LifeSteps USA
  • Education for Healthy Choices
  • Franklin Elementary School District Education Foundation, Yolo County
  • Cristo Rey High School
  • Foundation for California Community Colleges
  • Lodi Memorial Hospital Foundation
  • Mercy Foundation Perinatal Recovery Network
  • St.John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children
  • Foundation for Pool and Spa Industry Education
  • Natomas Schools Foundation
  • A Touch of Understanding
  • Language Academy of Sacramento
  • Sacramento County Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness
  • Diocese of Stockton Elementary Schools
  • CALIFORNIA STATE AGENCIES: California Economic Development Department, California Department of Aging, California Department of Health and Human Services (Office of Family Planning) AND CALIFORNIA COUNTY AGENCIES: Kern County Sheriff’s Department, Contra Costa and Tulare County Probation Departments, Fresno County Mental Health Department
  • California Rural Water Association
  • Natomas Schools Foundation
  • California Pharmacy Foundation
  • The Jewish Federation of the Greater Sacramento Area
  • City and County of Sacramento Ten-Year Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness
  • Mutual Assistance Network of Del Paso Heights
  • Boys & Girls Club of Galt
  • Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center
  • Golden Rule Services (HIV/AIDS programs)
  • Omni Youth Programs
  • Gold Rush Park Foundation
  • Community Addiction Recovery Association
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Air Conditioning Trade Association
  • Citibank, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Nonprofit Resource Center (Sacramento, California)
  • Sierra Pacific Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Opening Doors Inc. (refugee resettlement services)
  • Crossroads Employment Services
  • Cottage Housing Incorporated
  • Sacramento Healthy Marriage Project

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