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Posted on July 9th, 2018 under Kind Words.

“I really didn’t want to attend yet another boring grant writing workshop, but you’ve totally changed my world! You made this apparently boring topic interesting AND you showed us that it doesn’t have to be as difficult as we thought it was. What a gift! Thank you so much.” Anonymous attendee at a recent Boot Camp.

“I LOVE the additional resources presented in your extensive handout, and the breakdown of each phase of the process was terrific.” Anonymous attendee at my January 2018 Nuts & Bolts workshop.

“I was so impressed with how Miriam was able to make such a wealth of knowledge accessible to a newcomer to grant writing like me.” Anonymous attendee at my January 2018 workshop.

“I loved EVERY PHASE of this workshop. Thank you Miriam.” Anonymous attendee at my November 2017 workshop.

“You are a great presenter and your handout will be an especially useful reference tool for our staff.” Rick Sprague, Regional Vice President, Mercy Housing California, May 19, 2016.

“You’re the only speaker I’ve heard in 25 years where I kept the handout, know exactly where it is, and refer to it often.” John Adams, Executive Director, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), El Dorado County, April 2016.

“You were wonderful, breaking down something so difficult in a way that makes it manageable.” Brenda, participant in the April 2016 Grants Boot Camp.

“Your presentation was spectacular. Thank you so much.” Bob Pitvorec, Member of the Organizing Committee for the Citrus Heights Community Leadership Conference, September, 2015.

“You were ‘PITCH PERFECT’ in your comments,” said Deane Leavenworth on September 22, 2015. I was on a panel with Deane, who is Regional Vice President for Government Relations for Time Warner Cable’s Western Region and with Geneve Villacres from Pacific Gas and Electric, at the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference.

“I learned a lot from you during our recent work on my agency’s huge Federal grant proposal. Thank you for your continued dedication from beginning to end. You were approachable and easy to work with. I hope to do it again someday.” Esther Njuguna, Office Manager, Relationship Skills Center, July 22, 2015.

“You are a great workshop trainer/presenter. I learned so much from you and I look forward to the other workshops in Fresno.” Tanya K. Motta, Project Director, U.S. Department of Transportation, Southwest Region – Small Business Transportation Resource Center, May 15, 2015.

Steve Horton, Director of Development and Marketing for United Cerebral Palsy of Sacramento and Northern California said on February 25, 2015, “You are wonderful to work with – your integrity, smarts, persistence, patience and humor. Thank you for the gift. I would be happy to do anything for you that would be helpful.”

Julie O’Donnell, Vice President of External Affairs for Girl Scouts Heart of Central California said: “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.” August 27, 2014. [I was a Girl Guide in England for several years, and it’s been a special pleasure for me to work with this fine organization in Sacramento.]

“Miriam, it has been a huge pleasure to work with you. I am so grateful for everything you’ve taught me, and for your wonderful support along the way.” Libby Morain, now Development Director at a non-profit agency in Santa Cruz, California and former mentee at Saint John’s Program for Real Change, May 15, 2014.

A client said on April 24, 2014 “I am proud to say that we have really sharpened our grant writing and are having good success getting funding from some places that have turned us down for years! We no longer talk about what hard-working and wonderful people we are (ugh) and instead we use statistics to describe the need we help to meet. You were the inspiration for these changes and we continue to benefit from your great advice.” Moira Donoghue, Attorney and Board Member, Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation, Wilmington, Delaware.

“Somehow after all these years, it hasn’t sunk in like it did the day you presented to our group … my case for support really needed work and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it now.” Attendee at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Luncheon in January 2014.

“You’re the best grant writer east and west of the Mississippi.” Jeff Wilkinson, Chief Operating Officer, St. John’s Shelter Program for Women and Children, September 13, 2013.

“Thank you so much for the grants training you provided in Davis on August 14, 2013 for the Yolo County Nonprofit Leaders Alliance. … We appreciated how you infused humor into a topic that can strike fear into the hearts of many! Warm regards.” Rachel Wolf and Dana Christy, Yolo County Library, August 15, 2013.

“Thanks for all you are doing for us. You are amazing!” Scott Davis, Chief Financial Officer, Powerhouse Ministries, August 2, 2013.

“Thank you for all your input. I know we benefitted tremendously from your technical input.” Lorili Ostman, Executive Director, Heidrick Agricultural Museum, Woodland, California, July 31, 2013.

“I just wanted to tell you how great I thought your July 10th seminar was. Nuts and Bolts was the perfect title! Thanks again. It was truly a pleasure.” Janet Sather, July 16, 2013.

“Thank you for being gracious enough to travel to the Delta to present your class. You sure do pack a lot in! Your ability to jump from one example to another to another is amazing. Everyone rated you as EXCELLENT on the evaluations. I hope we’re able to bring you down for another presentation.” Susan Roberts, Board Liaison, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, June 26, 2013.

“What a wonderful writer you are! I’m ready to work with you again. Can I take you to lunch soon so we can have a chance to discuss how I can keep you working even more?” Ben Burton, Executive Director, Sacramento Steps Forward, April 17, 2013.

“I had to get you back to work with me in Alameda County after the wonderful job you did in creating Master Proposals for our 10 programs in Lodi.” Captain Dan Williams, County Coordinator, Alameda County, The Salvation Army. January 2013.

“I can’t thank you enough … we got that funding we desperately needed.” Scott Davis, Executive Pastor, Powerhouse Ministries, Folsom, California, January 24, 2012.

“We got our grant! The full $798,500 for one year and possibility of two more years, for a total of $2.4 million. Thank you SO much.” Carolyn Rich Curtis, Ph.D., Executive Director, Relationship Skills Center, formerly Sacramento Healthy Marriage Project, October 7, 2011.

“Miriam, this is my last week at Sacramento Steps Forward. It has been so good working with you both at Loaves & Fishes and Sacramento Steps Forward. I’ve learned a lot from your writing and organization of proposals and understanding of funding systems. Thanks so much.” Tim Brown, former Executive Director of Sacramento Steps Forward and Loaves & Fishes, September 26, 2011.

In nominating me for the Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award presented annually by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, my peers said of me that “as a consultant, Miriam is particularly adept at becoming a virtual extension of the organization’s existing staff. She also has the objective perspective to guide the client in identifying potential shortcomings and how to deal with them.”

“Thank you for all you do. Your professional expertise is invaluable. Your trainings have given me scope regarding grant writing and overall non-profit development. THANK YOU … you are awesome.” Lereca Monik, September 2, 1011.

“We did get funded for #33,600 and we got $190,000 from the City of Lodi’s Community Development Block Grant Funds. Thank you for your help, Miriam.” Captain Dan Williams, The Salvation Army, Lodi Corps, July 27, 2011.

“Another triumph of a presentation, Miriam. You really ‘blew it out’ by adding a whole new training segment to help us update our Evaluation Methodology section in proposals.” Michael Allyn, Society For the Blind, Sacramento, California, June 15, 2011.

“I wish I could have had this information three years ago when I first took the Fund Development position here at Seniors First … it would have helped to make my grant writing efforts more successful from the start.” Laura Wayman, June 9, 2011.

“Miriam’s enthusiasm for grant writing and her clarity of presentation made this training really valuable.” Nancy Symons, June 16, 2011.

“Miriam really broke it down into manageable pieces!” Attendee at June 16, 2011 training workshop.

“Nicely done on the three recent webinars you presented for our 800-plus state-wide members. Your expertise is unparalleled and we should keep you on-board as a California Primary Care Association speaker.” Barbara Souza, California Primary Care Association, February 28, 2011.

“What great practical information and specific hands-on details” in the December 8th, 2010 training. Thank you, Miriam!”

“Great interaction between Miriam and the workshop participants in her “Nuts and Bolts” workshop on December 8th, 2010.”

“You are absolutely AMAZING! Thanks for helping me with the grant proposal. I don’t know if we will get anything, but at least now we have a chance with your help.” Scott Davis, Powerhouse Ministries, September 2, 2010.

“I just want to touch base with you to remind you that you are one of the kindest people I’ve ever met during my many years in non-profits. Thank you for your time with me.” Kathy May Ly, Executive Director, Sacramento Asian American Minority, Inc.

“What an amazing job you did yesterday … (June 10 all-day training for Catholic Healthcare West and Mercy Foundation) … I’m thanking our lucky stars for you! Your remarkable effort has empowered a broad array of health and human service organizations to make a compelling case for the important work they do. In that, you have been a “midwife” to a better, more humane community.”

“In my 20 years of leading non-profit organizations, this has been the best grant writing workshop ever, with the best handout I’ve ever seen.” Janet Siller, Funding Director, Friday Night Live, Yolo County, California, February 17, 2010.

“By the way, I enjoyed the “Reality Grantmaking” project you worked on. Thanks.” Fred Teichert, Executive Director, The Teichert Foundation, Sacramento, California, October 26, 2009.

“The grant writing workshop yesterday was just amazing! It was so helpful and interesting, simple to understand, and I left feeling I won’t be afraid of proposals.” Liz Jackson, Special Projects, Citizen Voice, October 15, 2009.

“Thanks so much – your Budgeting for Grant Proposals workshop on April 21, 2009 answered all my questions!” Harriet Saeck, Director of Finance and Business Operations, Sacramento Zoological Society.

“Thank you again for the great seminar last week on grant writing. You had such a lot of great knowledge to share and I applaud you for sharing it with the regional nonprofit community. You’re a great instructor!” Elizabeth Marlow, March 2, 2009.

“Miriam, I credit all the success I’ve had in raising grant funding to the basic instructions and discussions I’ve had with you over the past four years.” Joyce Beeman, Volunteer, A Touch Of Understanding, Inc., January 15, 2009.

“I really appreciated your thoroughness in both of the training workshops I attended. I have a really clear picture of what I need.” Jen Borgen, November 2008.

I presented a training workshop for California’s Capital Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals on March 16th, 2007. One of the attendees sent this e-mail: “Thank you for your delightful presentation of the grant making process. It was clear, memorable and filled with very practical applications. You firmly impressed upon me the importance of constantly being good stewards, keeping the reader in mind, inviting team participation and, of course, STARTING EARLY!”


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