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Apr 2005Present


Granted by Everhart, LLC

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:

  • Wide range of funding expertise: Successfully funded grants to local family, corporate, and national foundations, including the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, with a funding rate of over 70%. Clients have included both small budget organizations as well as those with budgets of several million dollars.
  • Budgeting Development: Assisted various clients in the development and examination of project and organizational budgets.
  • Experienced in Project Management: Developed a list of requirements for inexperienced clients and taught them what funders look for and the importance of communication. Created need statements for clients who did not understand the concept and instructed them on creation of such.
Oct 2013Apr 2014

Contract PT Director of Development

GLAD House, Inc.

Responsible for Development functions, including:

¨Grant Writing

¨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

Jan 2013Aug 2013

Part Time Program Development Coordinator

Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, Inc.

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


Director of Development

CincySmiles Foundation

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:

  1. Engaging in research to identify new individual, foundation, and government prospects.
  2. Maintaining and expanding CincySmiles funding database.
  3. Evaluating marketing options for CincySmiles.
  4. Developing, coordinating and implementing a new high donor program for CincySmiles with the assistance of board members.
  5. Helping to develop, coordinate, maintain and implement the annual fundraising plan.
  6. Writing fundraising letters and appeals; maintaining regular correspondence with foundations, donors, and board members; overseeing mailings.
  7. In consultation with program staff and the Director, preparing drafts of grant proposals and  reports.
  8. Develop RFPs and screen marketing professionals and auditors for CincySmiles needs.

Selected Accomplishments:

¨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.

Mar 2011Jun 2011

Remote Grant Writer

The Providence House

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.

Selected Accomplishments:

Over 16 proposals/LOIs created/submitted. Major proposals:

  • Emergency Shelter Grant, Federal Round, Shreveport - $210,000
  • LA Department of Children & Family Services Family Violence PreventionIntervention Program - $203,796 (Funded)
  • Community Foundation of Northern Louisiana - $200,000
Jan 2010Mar 2011

Planning Administrator, Head Start

Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency

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:

  • Head Start Continuation Grant: Held full responsibility for assembling all agency and delegate information and data for this grant which fully funds the CHCCAA Head Start Program. Maintained contact with all agency delegates, answered questions, maintained timely deadlines. Wrote, compiled, and filed the final grant via Head Start’s Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) software, GABI. $23,936,394
  • Head Start Cost of Living (COLA) Grant: Produced a successful grant requesting an permanent extension of a temporary Cost of Living Increase for all staff. Submitted via $138,046
  • Head Start Disability Funding: Brainstormed, assembled data and budget information, and composed a successful proposal for needed funding for Head Start’s disabled children in less than 48 hours at the request of the Regional Office.  $20,000
  • GABI Manual: Created a complete User’s Manual for GABI, the Head Start Enterprise System software delivery system. No reference guide had existed within CHCCAA previously, leading to confusion and a lack of continuity.
Aug 1999Apr 2005

Prospect Manager/Researcher

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

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:

  • “Top 100 List”: Identified and researched a list of new prospects annually in the fall and spring for the Playhouse in the Park annual giving campaigns, contributing to the Development department's ability to exceed their stretch goal for five consecutive seasons.
  • Database Manager: Managed an informational database of over 20,000 current and potential donors, donations and acknowledgements, researching individuals, tracking history with the Playhouse as well as associated relevant giving history and in-depth background.

Freelance Copyeditor and Proofreader

Lexis Publications

Copyedited and proofread galley proofs for textbooks. Revised text where necessary, made author's corrections. Kept to strict deadlines.


Enabling Your Vision: Grantwriting and Funding Research.

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.

Related Community Experience

  • 2003-2005 President, League of Cincinnati Theatres
  • 2003 Listed as one of the top 25 "Next Influentials" in the arts by CityBeat (8/27/2003)
  • 2001-2003 Secretary, League of Cincinnati Theatres
  • 2001 Strategic Planning Facilitation - Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, Business Volunteers for the Arts

Professional Development

Foundation Center

  • Proposal Budgeting
  • Project Management and Outcomes

Health Foundation of Cincinnati 

  • Grant Seeking and Proposal Writing
  • Project Management 
  • The Art of the Story

Grantsmanship Center 5-day Training Program 

Charity Channel

Advanced Collaboration

C-HCCAA In-House Training

  • Aligning Your Behavior & Beliefs to Your Program's Mission
  • Effective Documentation and Case Management 

Core Skills

  • Grant/Proposal Writing
  • Research/Prospecting
  • Database Management Skills
  • Microsoft Office Expertise
  • Practiced with Internet Funding Search Databases
  • Proactive
  • Detail-oriented
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Organizational Skills
  • Communications Skills
  • Leadership and diplomacy
  • Excellent Work Ethic
  • Extensive Non-Profit Expertise
  • Positive People Skills 
  • Quick to Grasp New Concepts


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.”

Rates and Policies

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:

  1. On a per hour basis, with the rate to be negotiated.  If the client prefers, we can put a cap on those hours.
  2. On a flat fee basis, also to be negotiated.  The more complicated the grant (for instance, a federal grant), the higher the fee.

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.


Rebecca Bromels

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.

Jon Fricke

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,

William Parr

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.