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Grant Proposal Writing Testimonials

  • Saint John’s Program for Real Change was officially awarded U.S. Department of Agriculture SNAP grant funding, which will translate into somewhere around $3.8 million. This is HUGE for Saint John’s.” Michele Steeb, Chief Executive Officer. This brings the total I’ve helped Saint John’s raise to 8,258,000 since 2008.

    “Thanks Miriam. Your help was invaluable!” Jeff Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Terkensha Associates, June 29, 2016.

    “We wanted to let you know that we were just notified that we received a $150,000 grant from the California Museum Grant Program that you helped us with last fall. Thanks for your assistance on this project. We are convinced we wouldn’t have won it without your assistance!” Harry Laswell, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Powerhouse Science Center, June 13, 2016.

    “The best news … Yocha Dehe just called and we were awarded a $150,000 grant – full funding! Many thanks for working so diligently and intelligently to put this proposal together.” Sasha Wirth, Director of Development, Saint John’s Program for Real Change, April 7, 2016. I also helped Saint John’s raise $47,500 for Recidivism Reduction in April 2016, bringing the total I’ve helped them raise to $3,481,500 since 2008.

    “We are enjoying the fruits of your labor! We received a first-time grant from our first application for a Hoyer Lift for our Woodland Day Program to help disabled clients. It’s really wonderful to use the templates you have prepared for us and then tune them for a particular situation. We also received a first-time award from our first application from Maximum for our ACE Transitional Program serving children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

    “We have submitted 46 grant applications this past year. It is WONDERFUL to have the templates you developed for us. I feel really good that our applications are professional and engaging.” Stephen Horton, United Cerebral Palsy, January 11, 2016.

    “It was made official last night – we won the Bank of America Neighborhood Builders grant of $200,000!!! Even though you were on vacation and were not able to write this grant for us, I was able to put together a winning application based on the templates you created for us. We are indebted to you!” Stephen Horton, Director, Development and Marketing, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of Sacramento and Northern California, November 4, 2015.

    “Your work significantly positioned us better so we can exceed our goal … I like the way you guided us through the Master Proposal (boilerplate) preparation process.” Julie O’Donnell, Vice President of External Affairs, Girl Scouts, Heart of Central California, August 27, 2014.

    “Thank you for making this all happen!! [A huge, 200-page, complex Federal proposal.] We would never have been able to do this without you!!! I am visualizing the money and services. Smiling …” Anne Collentine, Program Director, California Mental Health Services Authority, July 16, 2014.

    “THANK YOU, truly, for all of your work in getting everything submitted. Your organization and “policing” to get all of our necessary parts was so critical to getting this 200-page behemoth proposal out the door. The think the three of us have made a pretty impressive team.” Theresa Ly, Program Manager, California Mental Health Services Authority, July 16, 2014.

    “Thank you! I would never have been able to put it together at the end and submit it without your guidance. I truly appreciate it.” Laura Li, Joint Powers Authority/California Mental Health Services Authority Administrative Manager, July 16, 2014.

    “Thanks! It was really one of the most pleasant grant writing experiences I’ve had – smooth and focused – each person doing their part and complementing the others, building upon foundations and strengthening one another’s efforts.” Lisanne Wick, Program Manager, Suicide Prevention & Crisis Services, WellSpace Health, July 16, 2014.

    “The guidance you have been able to lend to this and many other projects, is SO APPRECIATED! I forward to every e-mail you send knowing that it will contain valuable and honestly helpful information on the topic at hand – information that I can use and it helps focus me. Usually, you provide even more needed information than I even thought to request.” Ethan Flanagan, Grants/Communications, Saint John’s Program for Real Change, July 1, 2014.

    “Thank you, Miriam. You were direct and to the point. You gave me the guidance and words to work in a more confident manner so I was able to get the $250,000 award I wanted.” Judith Mihanovich, March 24, 2014.

  • “You’re the best grant writer east and west of the Mississippi! Thanks for your guidance and tutelage that helped us to receive $1 million from the Federal Home Loan Bank and $600,000 from the Respite Partnership Collaborative of Sierra Health Foundation, all within the past month. Your grant work and counsel have been invaluable!” Jeffery Wilkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Honolulu Zoo and former Chief Operating Officer, Saint John’s Program for Real Change, October 18, 2013.
  • “I’m still using that great material you developed for me in 1998 when we worked together in Sacramento. What a gift!” Karin M. Moss, Executive Director, Morro Bay Tourism Bureau, April 14, 2013.
  • “All I can say is WOW! Congratulations on a job well done. Amazing amount of work and so well-written.” Jason Weckworth, Founder, and Ilene Goldstein Block, Attorney, Team Donate Life, Inc., November 20, 2012.
  • “Thanks SO much for your willingness to work with us and lead this project. Your time commitment, flexibility and creativity is greatly appreciated. Your enthusiasm is critical to our success as well.” Gail Catlin, Executive Director, Nonprofit Resource Center, August 31, 2012.
  • On Saturday, August 11th, I presented a pro bono training workshop for the Third District PTA in Sacramento. Here are some comments from attendees: “Miriam is awesome! She gave us wonderful tips and resources.” “Fantastic.” “Thank you. Wish it had been longer.”
  • “Thank you, Miriam, for helping us get this funding!” Scott Davis, Executive Pastor, Powerhouse Ministries, Folsom, California, January 24, 2012.
  • “Miriam, you and I have done it again … $800,000 in Federal funding for a year and probably renewals for another two years at $800,000 each. We can do so much for our families and couples with this funding. THANK YOU!!” Dr. Carolyn Rich Curtis, Executive Director, Relationship Skills Center, October 10, 2011.
  • “Thank you, Miriam, for doing an outstanding job. I can’t thank you enough!!” Victor A. Jones, Executive Director, Sacramento Youth Development and Enrichment Program (SYDEP), December 9, 2011.
  • “Our proposal was awarded $60,000 in funding over two years, and we only asked for $25,000. Thanks for your help, Miriam.” Michele Steeb, Executive Director, St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children, Inc., August 10, 2011.
  • “Thanks again for your review. Your advice is always worth its weight in gold!” Ja’Neen Gilbreath, Associate Director, Omni Youth Programs, July 11, 2011.
  • “You helped us organize and write this critical proposal in just 15 days. We were competing against much stronger organizations and others who had more than 25 years of experience. We got a perfect score on your narrative and were awarded $227,906 – one of only four awarded in California! It usually takes up to seven years to be this competitive and we thank you SO much.” Elaine Whitefeather, Domestic Violence Intervention Center, Citrus Heights, California, May 4, 2011.
  • “It has been great working with you. You have kept the process going smoothly and put together an outstanding proposal.” Campbell Bullock, Executive Director, San Joaquin Community Data Co-op, April 13, 2011.
  • “Thanks so much, Miriam! We appreciate your professional and your volunteer service.” Michele Steeb, Executive Director, St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and children, April 4, 2011.
  • “We are a great team – thank you!” Dr. Carolyn Rich Curtis, Relationship Skills Center, December 2010.
  • “I always learn so much from working with you.” Maurine Huang, Ph.D.
  • “We were awarded $50,000 from Catholic Healthcare West … you were VERY instrumental in helping us get this grant award.” Scott Davis, Executive Pastor, Powerhouse Ministries, December 13, 201
  • “I want to thank you for your hard work … you’ve done a terrific job!” Kim Rhinehelder, CFRE, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Mercy Foundation/Mercy San Juan Medical Center, June 8, 2009.
  • “Thank you so much. As usual, you exceed all expectations and have done a wonderful job.” Catherine M. Connolly, President, Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), California’s Capital Chapter, April 24, 2009.
  • “I particularly would like to recognize Miriam Houghton for her help on the grant application.” Roy Kim, Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) on being informed they had received a $438,000 grant award to serve victims of Human Trafficking in Sacramento County, May 1, 2009.
  • I believe this application is one of the best written Safe Routes to School proposals I’ve ever seen.” Kenneth Gaines, Assistant Engineer, Sacramento County Department of Transportation, November 14, 2007.
  • “We’re still using that great Master Proposal you wrote for us five years ago.” Pam Saltenberger, Executive Director, Tierra Del Oro Girls Scouts, November 6, 2007.
  • “Wonderful news!!! We got full funding from MGM Mirage Voice Foundation. Your assistance this spring made the difference between zero dollars and $15,000.” Jane Jensen Saint, Executive Director, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Nevada, August 7, 2007.
  • “I am glad to hear that ____ called you. I know you will do great things for them just as you have here for us.” Lieutenant Dan Williams, The Salvation Army, Lodi Corps, July 16, 2007
  • “I see you as listing MASSIVE amounts of work off my shoulders and doing it better than I ever could. … After having to do everything alone, it’s awesome to have you.” Cynthia Siegel, Omni Youth Programs, June 14, 2007
  • “You do excellent work for people, in a way that always puts the client’s needs first. It’s always been truly a joy working with you.” Maurine Huang, Opening Doors Inc., Refugee Resettlement Agency, March 7, 2007
  • “Well, we got the second grant– a total of $2,746,280 for five years from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Thank you. You can add this total to your ‘mountains of money’!” Dr. Carolyn Rich Curtis, Executive Director, Sacramento Healthy Marriage Project, November 2, 2006
  • “Our Unemployment Insurance Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment proposal has been funded in full – $1.99 million.” Jean Wu, Business Policy Consultant, Employment Development Department, State of California, February 24, 2005
  • “You helped take our orchestra to a new level, and certainly taught me about grant writing! It was a pleasure to work with you.” Christina Richter, Development Director, Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, September 18 2003
  • “One of those grant proposals you helped me to develop came through in a very big way… we’re now managing a $10.5 million state workforce contract to train Certified Nursing Aides statewide.” Ken Merchant, Executive Director, Quality Health Care Foundation, November 21, 2002
  • “Thanks for all of your help. I could not have finished it up without all of the work you did to prepare it. I will also visualize dollars coming in!” Karen Alvord, Lilliput Children’s Services, May 2002
  • “It has been a pleasure to be able to offer your consulting opportunities through our Center … I feel confident in recommending you … I know you will provide high quality grant writing expertise and training. You work so hard and I can count on you.” Jan Stohr, Executive Director, Nonprofit Resource Center, April 2002
  • “Miriam is fabulous at helping you get your ideas down on paper.” Joanne Volk, M.A., M.F.C.C., May 2000
  • “We could not have done it without you. We truly appreciate you. What a winner you are.” Carolynn Washington, Director, Youth Empowerment Academy, June 1998
  • “I do not hesitate to recommend your services to anyone. You will be a valued contributor to any team.” Douglas J. Pringle, President, National Handicapped Sports USA, August 8, 1996

 
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