What I Do


New and prospective grant writers frequently ask me what I do to optimize success:

Research, identify and develop leads for private and corporate foundation grants

  • Use Foundation Search and Grant Station databases and industry resources to match foundation goals with project funding goals.
  • ┬áMake personal connections with foundation personnel to assess possibility for funding.
  • Schedule in-person meetings or conference calls as appropriate.
  • Maintain lead and grant tracking system.
  • Organize and prioritize what grants to apply for when.



Write and submit letters of inquiry and grant proposals

  • Work with project manager or team to develop project summary, budget, goals and outcomes.
  • Maintain tracking system for follow up.
  • When funded, send thank you letter and provide recognition as appropriate.
  • When not funded, follow up to learn and to determine future action.


Be active in fundraising professional groups, seek out training classes and read industry resources to stay up-to-date with fundraising trends and resources

Foster relationships with people from foundations, corporations and non-profit organizations

Appreciate the possibilities! Securing grant funding creates lasting impact for organizations and their clients. It is a privilege to do this work.