Now more than ever, nonprofit organizations need to find creative and effective ways to share their story and impact, promote programs and events, and communicate with donors and supporters. Whether it’s creating content for an annual report, grant application or social media, I’m eager to work with nonprofits to fulfill their content needs so staff can focus on fundraising, programming, and handling day-to-day operations.

Having studied nonprofit administration, I understand the political and funding challenges many nonprofits face. I feel uniquely qualified to offer my writing and project management expertise in any capacity you might need, or just help tell a stellar story that brings your organization’s work to light.   

Relevant experience

Graduated cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration, August 2012.

Nonprofit courses:

  • The Nonprofit Sector: History and Ethics
  • Nonprofit Management Practices
  • Nonprofit Advocacy and Public Policy
  • Nonprofit Resource and Financial Management
  • Nonprofit Boards, Trustees, Governance
  • Grant Writing
  • Internship

Other courses:

  • Foundations of Public Management
  • Research Methods
  • Human Resources in Organizations
  • Organizational Theory
  • Public Management Seminar

Studied urban planning, multicultural London and British Culture, Society and Government in London, summer 2011; completed an independent field research project and analytical paper on museum funding models

Examined organizational capacity for policy and advocacy initiatives for Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership with recommendations

Wrote several grants and secured more than $15,000 in funding for two local nonprofit organizations as a nonpaid intern

Semester-long, 30-page written case analysis on Muskegon Museum of Art and its funding struggles while becoming an independent nonprofit

Master’s capstone paper explored 20-year decline of private support for arts and debates for and against public funding

Environmental audit for fundraising and assessment of West Michigan Symphony’s annual fund campaign with recommendations

Understand unique operational aspects, resource dependence and governance after covering all nonprofit subsectors as a beat reporter, interviewing executive directors and volunteering in a variety of capacities

Insider’s perspective on leveraging media coverage for events and securing free publicity

Ability to handle internal and external communications; manage inquiries from media and public

Services

  • Newsletters, brochures, annual reports
  • Grant writing
  • Press releases, program books
  • Donor solicitation and Thank You letters
  • Marketing and promotional materials
  • Public and media relations
  • Nonprofit consulting services including environmental audits for fundraising and department and program assessments (annual campaign, yearly fundraiser) as well as organizational capacity for policy and advocacy initiatives

Samples

Grants Written
(Please contact me for copies of the grant proposals)

Every Woman’s Place/Webster House Youth Services:

  • $3000 grant for Girls on the Run from City of Muskegon
  • $5000 grant for Girls on the Run from Muskegon County Community Foundation
  • $2500 grant for kitchen equipment for shelter from Walmart Foundation

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore:

  • $5000 Grant for community-based mentoring program from The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area

Papers Written