- Cincinnati US-OH
Successfully managed all aspects of creating and maintaining consulting business, Granted by Everhart, LLC, including all aspects of client management, public relations, and invoicing. Selected Accomplishments:
Responsible for Development functions, including:
¨Identifying public and private sources of grant funding
¨Tracking grant proposals
¨Maintenance of existing grants
¨Composing annual appeal
¨Acknowledging individual donors
¨Creating Annual Report
¨Performs fundraising and event planning duties as assigned
Responsibility for research and grant writing, as well as newsletter composition. Provides tours of the organization.
Toyota TEMA grant funded
Production of a high volume of proposals
New funding prospects discovered
Responsible for helping the Executive Director, Board and other staff to maintain and expand CincySmiles Foundation funding from private foundations, as well as to develop new sources of income from individuals, events, and governmental grants, among others. Under the primary supervision of the Executive Director, the Development Director is responsible for the following tasks:
¨Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati Individual Giving Challenge Grant ($62,500)
¨HUD Continuum of Care Grant ($179,764)
¨Dental OPTIONS Grant (2012) and reporting (2011) ($145,000)
¨Dental Safety Net Grant (2012) ($76,400)
¨Good Neighbor Foundation Grant (2012) ($100,000)
¨United Way Grant and Reporting 2012 ($197,685)
¨Institution of eTapestry CRM software and recordkeeping.
Worked closely with the Development Director to develop grant calendar and prepare, submit, and manage grant applications to federal, corporate and foundation prospects. Maintained accurate and timely grant calendar. Performed prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects. Made recommendations to the Development Director on new funding opportunities. Provided monthly reporting to board members and selected funders.
Over 16 proposals/LOIs created/submitted. Major proposals:
Researched, planned, developed, and implemented financial resources through grant writing activities for Head Start services, and for other agency services as needed.Worked within Head Start Performance Standards and all regulatory agencies requirements at all times.Gathered information from diverse sources to develop a funding calendar and gather materials to support proposals; collaborated with a variety of staff, management, and executive leadership to produce successful and timely proposal budgets, scopes of work, and other critical grant elements. Maintained updated library of data and information to enable comprehensive responses under tight timelines and prevent duplication of efforts. Prepared and assembled supplemental data and tracked grants through approval process. Part of the most successful Planning Team in the CHCCAA’s history and the first to standardize a document record process for the Agency. Selected Accomplishments:
Researched all aspects of individual, foundation, and corporate and board partnerships and maintained monthly records and provided reporting. Developed a strong talent for database management, administrative detail and customer service. Tracked giving and maintained departmental auditing records. Developed relationships with donors, board members and volunteers, and assisted in producing the organizations sole yearly special event, Abracadabra. Selected Accomplishments:
Copyedited and proofread galley proofs for textbooks. Revised text where necessary, made author's corrections. Kept to strict deadlines.
Results-focused, quality-driven professional with extensive experience in non-profit development and grant writing positions, demonstrating consistent achievement of objectives, strong communication and service skills, and dedication to organizational goals. Advanced research and relationship development abilities, with track record of generating multimillion-dollar funding.
Health Foundation of Cincinnati
Grantsmanship Center 5-day Training Program
C-HCCAA In-House Training
Lannia Syren, Volunteer Consultant, With Wings and a Halo
“Laura and I worked on a volunteer project together and she has always been a joy to work with. Laura's energy and enthusiasm are contagious and her work ethic is top-notch. She has demonstrated outstanding writing ability and is not afraid to jump into a project with both feet. Any organization would be lucky to have her a part of their team.”
Kristopher Garland, Human Resources Specialist, Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency
“Laura is great to work with and always brought a wealth of knowledge to any project she and I worked on. Laura is full of energy and focuses on delivering a final product that exceeds expectations. She is a leader in her industry, and an asset to any organization lucky enough to have her as an employee I consider it an honor to work with her and hope to have the chance to in the future.”
Dan Finn, Owner, Finn Financial Group, LLC
“As president of a national trade association, I sought out Laura for potential grant writing assistance. She has been invaluable in getting me, someone new to the grant writing process and its requirements, the information I needed to allow our board to make informed decisions. She was knowledgeable, thorough and always quick to respond to my many questions. I am eager to begin the process now that we've identified some potential grants. Avocationally, Laura and I worked together in community theater which, more than anything I've ever done in my professional life, tells a person all they'll ever need to know about another. Trust, respect and commitment are critical to the successful run of a play and Laura was always the consummate professional in all dimensions. I am happy to enthusiastically endorse Laura for any undertaking she chooses.”
Curtis Arthur, VP, IRI
“After our working acquaintance at IRI I asked Laura to look into some grants for a non-profit where I volunteer. Laura is extremely thoughtful and organized. She researches issues thoroughly and comes to the table with recommendations and points of view. I was very impressed with both her and the results.”
Jim Stump, Successor, President, League of Cincinnati Theatres
“Laura is an exceptionally dedicated and committed administrator. She stepped into leadership of the League and her work led to her election to the Presidency in the next term. Her tenure saw the solidification several of our programs and the rebranding of our organization. When I was elected President after her tenure, she was of great assistance in assuring a smooth transition.”
As a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, I am prohibited from working on a percentage basis, nor is it a good thing for the nonprofit.
Generally, there are two ways I work:
The client and I both sign a contract, and I generally required a deposit up front. Every organization is different and I try to be flexible. I am happy to answer any and all questions.
Ms. Bromels was a client of mine when she served as the Managing Director of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. We have worked together in a variety of capacities, professional and volunteer, for 10 years.
Mr. Fricke can address, in particular, my skills in managing a particularly large federal grant project, pulling all the pieces together in a timely manner, addressing emergencies with a cool head when needed, and creating documentation for agency specific software,
Mr. Parr can address the quality of my work, my attitude towards my colleagues and my work product, and my professionalism...and sense of humor.