An American Ivy-league graduate with over a decade of planning, writing and winning millions of dollars from federal grants in the US and the EU and winning foundation and corporate support from the Gates Foundation, Cisco, Microsoft, and more. I provide professional fundraising, grantwriting, and marketing services tailored to suit the needs of each client. Think of me as a matchmaker helping supporters and funders find your organization-- bringing in more donations for you as a result.
As for me, I spent most of my fundraising life in the US. I have seen (and raised money for) it all, from small community centers through to multinational development organizations, from technology-in-education programs to innovative medical research to refugee aid. In 2009, I married and moved to Portugal, and from here launched my own consulting business. With clients in Europe and the US, I love my job and am passionate about raising funds for good programs, wherever they are.
AREAS OF EXPERIENCE
There are three main ways in which I can help you develop more support and funding: grantwriting, marketing, and fundraising strategies.
There is a special kind of person who thrives on the adrenaline rush and simultaneous big-picture/tiny-detail challenge of grantwriting. I am one of them. You can contract for my services as a grantwriter both on a single-project basis and as part of an ongoing retainer arrangement. My experience with successful grants includes:
- FEDERAL US GRANTS
- CORPORATE GRANT FUNDING
- US FOUNDATION AND COMMUNITY GRANT FUNDING
- EU FOUNDATION GRANT FUNDING
- EU FP7 GRANT FUNDING
Whether you are interested in social networks (Web 2.0), revamping your website (Web 1.0), or just designing a fantastic and coordinated snail mail annual appeal and newsletter, I can help!
As a former Development Director, I have a soft spot in my heart (and an indelible blueprint in my mind) for creating strategies to grow a diverse mix of funds and a healthy cash flow for nonprofit organizations. This is the most critical conversation that a nonprofit can start with itself and its Board, and I will help you find a tailored solution that suits your specific strengths, challenges, and needs.
FEEDBACK FROM CLIENTS
“I recently had the pleasure of working with Jennifer on a grant project my company applied for. Throughout the entire grant application, writing, editing, and submission process, Jennifer displayed her skills as a highly professional and knowledgeable grant writer. She was always available to answer our questions and guide us along the way. Her understanding and proficiency in the grant writing space was instrumental in making this an enjoyable and seamless project. I highly recommend her and look forward to working with her again!”
- Melissa B., for a hospital consortium grant
“Working with Jennifer has always been a truly professional experience. As a grant-writer extraordinaire, Jen always covers the bases and manages the details. She is always well-organized, clear and concise in her work, and effective as a project manager. She is a consummate professional.” - Steve W., for education projects in China
“Working with Jen was a pleasure. She provides high quality work, on schedule, and is extremely professional. She was also able to be flexible and work with a changing schedule and deadlines to still get everything completed on time. Excellent follow-through to ensure the job was completed. A+”
- Jill S., university research grant
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- Joseph S., small business grant
ELANCE SKILL TESTS
Unlike many Elancers, I took the time to take the skill tests and consistently scored in the top percentiles. Beware the contractors who self rate at 10 for every skill!
Washington University in St. Louis
Masters of Social Work
2002 - 2005
Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
1992 - 1996
Banks Abreu Consulting
2009 - Present
In 2009, I began my own fundraising and grantwriting consultancy business, based in Portugal. Since then I have helped clients in the United States, Portugal, and the UK win funding for their work.
Director of Development
2006 - 2009
Worked with PH International during a decisive time in its organizational life, as it transformed from Project Harmony to PH International. Worked as a member of the executive management team at PH to help lead the financial and marketing development efforts of the organization. Led the development of federal and corporate grant proposals, in conjunction with program experts from the organization.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
Director of Development
2002 - 2004
I worked as the Development Director at the branch of the national organization, with a staff of three development associates. Fundraising for this organization entailed a mix of corporate solicitations, event management, grant proposals, individual donor drives, and large donor cultivation. In addition, the development office was responsible for marketing and promotions for the organization, and I led the production of annual reports, brochures, and other promotional materials.
NYC Administration for Children's Services
1999 - 2001
I worked in the press office for ACS, working closely with the Commissioner and the Mayor's office to develop press releases, plan and prepare the Commissioner and Mayor for press conferences, respond to media calls, plan and execute events such as New York City's annual adoption fair, and promote the welfare of children in New York and the work ACS performed to protect the city's youth.