A resident of Bainbridge Island, Washington, and an education and grant-writing professional, Cindy Vaias has acquired over 15 million dollars in grant funding from Federal, State, and Private Foundations for her clients. Vaias currently splits her time between two different roles at Anthem Grant and Advocacy in Seattle, Washington, and GiantForms.com. For the past two years, Cindy Vaias has served as Chief Grants Officer at Anthem Grant and Advocacy, where she manages more than 30 grant writers seeking government and private funding for a wide range of substantial, multimillion-dollar applications. As one of three senior partners at Anthem Grant and Advocacy, Cindy Vaias ensures the fulfillment of her organization’s long-term goals and routinely finds the appropriate grants for technology firms, nonprofits, and local government agencies across the country. An essential member of the Anthem Grant and Advocacy team, Cindy Vaias follows proven company protocol to assess the economic needs of client firms, research and identify the right funding channels, prepare and submit the grant proposal to all necessary sources of funding, promote the client through a comprehensive advocacy campaign, and provide valuable assistance in grant management once received. Over the years, Cindy Vaias has worked with such notable clients as PBS, Netscape, San Francisco Law School, Teacher Universe, Harman Kardon, and the California Medical Association. In addition, Cindy Vaias serves as a key liaison to the grant community, other related grant organizations, and the general public. Recently, Cindy Vaias helped Anthem Grant and Advocacy secure $3.8 million in funding through State of Washington Capital Construction grants. As Owner and Executive Producer of GiantForms.com since 1998, Cindy Vaias assists a vast array of nonprofit organizations in their myriad efforts to obtain short- and long-term funding. In this role, Cindy Vaias has accomplished numerous objectives through the creation and management of federal and state lobbying endeavors, drafting grant development plans, identifying and soliciting the target audience, producing and distributing effective marketing materials, and instituting extensive outreach campaigns for her many clients. As a result of her work, Cindy Vaias' client ArtandCulture.com earned the Best Information Architecture Award from Communication Arts Magazine. Cindy Vaias has also won accolades as a Codie Finalist for Best Educational Technology Product, received the Teacher Lead Technology Challenge Grant for securing a $5 million grant for Berkeley, and was chosen one of the 40 Under 40 by The Business Journal of Kitsap County in 2009.
Rotary Club, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Pugent Sound Grant Writers Association
Bainbridge Island Community Energy Task Force, Board of the Wing Point Home Owners Association, Board Member KidsUp!, Eviction Defense Collaborative
Jan 2008 - Present
Chief Grants Officer
Anthem Grant and Advocacy
Anthem Grant and Advocacy provides large-scale grant production and legislative advocacy for technology, healthcare, local government, and non-profit organizations. As a founding partner and Chief Grants Officer I oversee all aspects of Anthem Grant and Advocacy's large scale granting processes.