Lauren Alise Schultz is a grant writer and nonprofit support specialist who helps organizations get plugged in to grantmakers, donors, and volunteers.
What is a Nonprofit Support Specialist?
I am a freelance consultant who has raised over $32 million for various nonprofits of all sizes. I am passionate about helping other people pursue their dreams to impact local communities, and so many of my current clients are nonprofits that can’t afford to hire full-time fundraising or marketing employees.
To help build their organizations, I provide a wide variety of development and communications services. I help my clients identify the best tools to reach donors and customers, and work with them to lay the foundation for effective communications. My clients benefit from my in-depth donor research and grant writing services, or hire me to develop content and implement their brand across different platforms and materials.
I free up my clients to do what they do best, whether that is provide job training to individuals involved with the court system, support high school students in low-income areas, or help inner-city preschool children learn about nutrition by growing a rooftop garden.
While you can hire many grant writers, copywriters and marketing professionals on a project-by-project basis, I prefer to develop a deeper relationship with my clients and provide long-term support. I am passionate about joining a team and helping organizations successfully achieve their mission.
I am available to research private grantmakers and government funding sources, help your organization put together an application strategy and boilerplate, compose grant proposals, compile documentation and submit materials on behalf of 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofits.
Beyond grant writing, I can help your organization create and execute an overall fundraising strategy. I am available to design, launch and support both traditional fundraising campaigns and online crowdfunding campaigns. I also assist with fundraising and personal events.
Marketing & Communications
I help my clients evaluate marketing strategies, then provide solutions to help you keep up with website maintenance, monthly emails, social media and community outreach. I emphasize storytelling in content for websites, email, social media and print to inspire donors and customers.
Design & Brand Execution
I am available to create web and print materials for your organization, implementing your brand across platforms for messaging consistency. For large design and branding projects, I bring one or more full-time graphic designers on board so my clients have the support of a full team.
A Little Bit About Me
I have been a writer since the age of six, when I wrote my first book about my favorite flavors of ice cream. I have been involved with nonprofit work since 2003, and began working as a Grant Writer in 2010. As a Nonprofit Fundraising & Communications Specialist, I am thrilled to use my writing skills to support my local community. I help change the world - a grant for one nutrition program, school library, or foster care mentoring program at a time.
Since 2010, I have secured $30 million in government contracts and over $1.1 million in private funding for various nonprofit programs through the formal grant application process, an additional $2.2 million at formal fundraising events, and $21,000 through online crowdfunding campaigns.
Interested in Working Together?
While most of my clients are from Michigan and New York, I have recently moved to Des Moines, Iowa and I am looking to connect with nonprofits in the area. If you work for a greater DSM nonprofit or own your own small business, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be happy to tell you more about the services that I provide and discuss my project availability. I am really looking forward to becoming a part of this city's exciting growth, supporting the DSM startup community and local nonprofits!