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  • mastering the grant lifecycle

    This session will equip nonprofits to develop a strategic approach to grantseeking by providing a thorough exploration of the grant lifecycle and tools for constructing clear, concise responses to the three most common sections of a grant proposal. The session will cover how to cultivate new funders, steward existing funders, solicit feedback from denied proposals, and craft compelling grant proposals. We will also spend a portion of time discussing the three most common grant proposal sections—your need statement, your request, and your impact statement—and provide simple tools to clearly articulate the core pieces of each section for your organization or program.

    While our session can stand alone, this presentation will build off of the proposed “Grants: Doing More With Less” workshop that is being presented by our colleagues Alaina Schultz & Olivia Miller. We believe that understanding the basics of grant cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation is of crucial importance to nonprofit fundraising, particularly for small volunteer-run organizations that work with very limited time and resources. Participants will be able to make more strategic decisions about grant opportunities and increase their chances of securing grant funding.

    Bailey Disher, Consultant, The Ostara Group

    Bailey DisherIn the past four years, Bailey Disher has provided strategic grant research, writing, coaching, and facilitation to more than a dozen small and mid-sized arts, education, youth development, equity, and environmental organizations in the Puget Sound region. She has authored more than $7.3 million dollars in successful grants to funders including the Medina Foundation, Washington Women’s Foundation, Satterberg Foundation, Safeco Insurance Fund, Starbucks Foundation, Best Starts for Kids Initiative, the Ballmer Philanthropy Group, the City of Seattle, and many more. Bailey is adept at bridging the connection between fundraising, programs, finance, and organizational leadership especially as organizations maneuver through leadership transition, program growth, or program expansion. Her previous clients include City Year Seattle/King County, Team Read, East African Community Services, ECOSS, Spark Northwest, North Helpline, Rainier Valley Corps, and others.

    Jessalyn Pinneo, Consultant, The Ostara Group

    Jessalyn PinneoJessalyn joined The Ostara Group in 2019, bringing with her 12 years of experience in nonprofit fundraising. A detail-oriented creative thinker, she thrives on supporting people, programs, and organizations dedicated to making a positive difference in the world. Her experience to date includes significant time working with organizations focused on literacy, political advocacy, and international development, with successes ranging from securing single- and multi-year grants of up to $300,000 and managing multi-million dollar grant portfolios to raising $1M+ in annual direct marketing revenue.

    Jessalyn is adept at gathering information and distilling it into a cohesive, compelling narrative, partnering with staff and leadership at all levels to outline funding and impact goals, the metrics by which to measure them, and the most effective way to tell an organization’s or program’s story. This approach has enabled Jessalyn to write proposals that have been funded by Google.org, The Norcliffe Foundation, the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and more.


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