"There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality"
The power of a good story,
Over the last 25 years Lisa MacDonald has held leadership roles in a variety of nonprofit settings. She has experience with the entire grant life cycle, from prospecting for potential funders to stewardship activity. With degrees in Psychology and Public Health, Lisa brings grant writing expertise from a variety of disciplines, including reproductive health, gender based violence, recreation, youth development and education.
Understanding the needs of a prospective donor and balancing a compelling narrative with strong data and outcomes are among my major strengths. I'm trained in logical framework development as well as learning organization concepts, and am passionate about supporting people and communities to be healthy and productive. I have an excellent understanding of how to develop programs and report on impact.
Grant Writing & Supportive Services
Why hire a professional grant writer?
Nonprofit professionals are used to 'wearing a number of hats.' Grants and proposals are often a responsibility tacked on to a job description full of critical operational tasks. Outsourcing this work to someone skilled, with concentration dedicated to your funding needs, is an economical and efficient way to help your organization thrive.
Staggered Fee Schedule
When calculating my fee, I of course, take into consideration the number of hours it will take me to complete the project. This is based on my knowledge of the funder and the condition of your organization's documentation for the project. Some things I consider include:
· Is there an existing proposal from which to get started?
· Has the funder made a grant to your organization previously?
· Does the budget need a narrative explanation?
· Is there documentation about the program, such as evaluations, press recognition, or client testimonials?
· How available to me will the program director be?
In the wake of a global pandemic it's increasingly important to be flexible, innovative and nimble. I enjoy the artful curation of data and stories into compelling and persuasive reasons for a funder's support.