I earned a Master of Public Administration degree, focused on Nonprofit Management from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA.
Grants Manager: Intercambio Uniting Communities, Boulder CO, January 2015-present, and Growing Gardens of Boulder County, October 2016-present.
Working collaboratively with Program Directors, Development Director, and Executive Director, create, manage, and implement fundraising strategy to secure grants from government and foundations sources. Responsible for grantwriting, funder cultivation, and grant reporting / monitoring for $350,000 in annual grants for Intercambio, $250,000 in annual grants for Growing Gardens.
Fundraising / Grantwriting Consultant: Boulder/Denver: 2006–present. Supported nonprofit clients with prospect research, grantwriting, grants management, and other communications and fundraising projects. Clients include GrantsWest, the Ray of Hope Foundation, Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, Sister Carmen Community Center, National Center for Drug Endangered Children, the Longmont Chorale, Colorado Midwives Alliance, Energy Literacy Advocates, Anam Chara Hospice, QuaLife Wellness Community.
Grant Writer: Judi’s House, Denver, CO, Sept 2013 – Sept 2014.
With the Judi’s House Development Director, CEO and Board Chair, I developed and implemented a grant strategy, including funder research, in-house communication processes, and writing and submitting grant proposals and reports. I worked with foundation program officers to address the specific needs of each funder. I brought together program, research, and leadership teams to collaborate on grant proposals and decisions about grant strategy.
Development Officer, Philanthropic Partnerships: Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, Boulder CO, Jan 2010–Dec 2011.
At the Urgent Action Fund, I managed an institutional donor portfolio which raised over a million dollars annually from foundation and government grants. I frequently collaborated with program staff to help me communicate incremental social change and complex social justice issues to funders. Day to day, I wrote grant proposals and reports, communicated with foundation program officers, and worked with finance staff to monitor restricted funding allocations.
Development and Communications Associate: Global Greengrants Fund, Boulder CO, Sept. 2003–Dec. 2005.
With the Director of Development I helped raise $3 million per year from foundation and individual donors. I communicated the impact of our work to donors and prospective donors through grant proposals and reports, wrote profiles of grantees and their impacts on environmental sustainability worldwide.
“Erika has done a great job writing our grant applications. She has been very committed in becoming knowledgeable about our foundation, as well as being exceptionally responsive, and always within deadline. She is a concise, eloquent and persuasive writer.”
—The Raymond Wentz Foundation (Now the Ray of Hope Foundation)