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Lauren Alise Schultz is a highly experienced communications and fundraising professional who provides freelance grantmaker research, grant writing, development and communications services, branding execution and digital marketing to nonprofits and small businesses.

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  • Proficient with: Instrumentl, Foundation Directory Online, and GrantStation; Raiser's Edge; Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, LightRoom, and Adobe Express; Canva; WordPress, Wix, Weebly, and Square Space website management systems; Microsoft Office Suite; Google Office Suite; Crowdrise; Constant Contact and MailChimp; Survey Monkey; Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

  • Experienced in writing for and managing publications that cultivate an organization's positive public image, including website content, email communications, print newsletters, event materials, and social media.

  • Experience developing and delivering curriculum for use in the workplace and in university classrooms.

Having worked as a grant writer since 2010, I have extensive experience obtaining funding through the formal grant application process and other fundraising methods for nonprofits of various sizes.

  • $32.6 million in government contracts secured

  • $1.3 million in private funding secured

  • $2.2 million raised at formal nonprofit fundraising events

  • $837,000 through fundraising campaigns



  • The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Foundation; Alexandria, VA

  • Asian American Leadership Empowerment and Development; Washington, DC

  • The Association of American Medical Colleges; Washington, DC

  • The Biondi Special Education School; Yonkers, NY

  • Boolean Girl; Arlington, VA

  • Central Iowa Shelter & Services; Des Moines, IA

  • Communities for People; Boston, MA

  • Creative Habitat; Des Moines, IA

  • CultureALL; Des Moines, IA

  • The Dr. Katharine Dodge Brownell School; Bronx, NY

  • Heart of Des Moines; Des Moines, IA

  • The Hispanic National Bar Association; Washington, DC

  • I Am, We Are; Prince George's County, MD

  • Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Des Moines, IA

  • Iowa Donor Network; Des Moines, IA

  • Iowa International Center; Des Moines, IA

  • The Jobs for Life Program; Benton Harbor, MI

  • The Krasl Art Center; Saint Joseph, MI

  • Leake & Watts Parent-Child Home Program; Yonkers, NY

  • The Lifespace Foundation; Des Moines, IA

  • Maryland Latinos Unidos; Baltimore, MD

  • Maryland Nonprofits; Baltimore, MD

  • Michigan Federation of Music Clubs; Grand Rapids, MI

  • Michigan's Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council; Benton Harbor, MI

  • Mosaic Christian Community Development Association; Benton Harbor, MI

  • Overflow Church; Benton Harbor, MI

  • The Physician Assistant Foundation; Alexandria, VA

  • Pursuit of Innovation (Pi515); Des Moines, IA

  • Reliant Ministries; Orlando, FL

  • Rising Ground (formerly Leake & Watts); Yonkers, NY

  • The Summit School; Edgewater, MD

  • Woodfield Juvenile Detention Center; Valhalla, NY

  • Youth Art For Healing; Bethesda, MD


  • Maryland Nonprofits; Baltimore, MD
    Webinar Instructor, 2021 - 2022


  • American University; Washington, DC
    Graduate Instructor, Post-Graduate Instructor, 2007 - 2011
    Writing Center Tutor, 2007 - 2009


  • Mercy College; Dobbs Ferry, NY
    Adjunct Writing Instructor, 2010


  • The Montgomery College; Rockville, MD
    Adjunct Writing Instructor, 2009 - 2010


  • Eastern Michigan University; Ypsilanti, MI
    Holmon Success Center Student Instructor, 2004 - 2005


I have developed successful proposals for a wide range of funders, from city, state, and federal government agencies, to private foundations, local civic organizations, and corporate donors.


Since 2010, I have submitted over 30 state and federal grant proposals to government agencies with complex application processes, securing multimillion-dollar contracts in early childhood education, foster care, family supportive/preventive services, juvenile justice, and immigration services. My successful proposals have also included programs in special education, workforce development, leadership development, nutrition education, arts programming, learning technologies, foster care and adoption services, youth development, support for individuals with developmental disabilities, housing development, and emergency relief.


To learn more about my approach to grant writing, visit my Grant Writing Portfolio.


  • The Federal Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start

  • The Federal Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement

  • The New York City Department of Education

  • New York State Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)

  • New York State Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS)

  • Department of Probation, Westchester County,
    New York 


  • The America Electric Power (AEP) Foundation

  • The Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County

  • The Berrien Community Foundation

  • The Carvel Foundation

  • The Crane Company Fund

  • CVS Caremark

  • The Edith Glick Shoolman Children’s Foundation

  • The Entergy Charitable Foundation

  • The Frederick S. Upton Foundation

  • Hitachi Metals America Ltd.

  • The Hyde and Watson Foundation

  • The Laura Bush Foundation

  • The Lowenstein Foundation

  • The Metzer-Price Foundation

  • The Muhammad Ali Peace Center

  • The New York Community Trust

  • The Non-Profit Finance Fund

  • The Old National Bank Foundation

  • Optimum Lightpath

  • Payless Shoes

  • The Pokegon Fund

  • Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino

  • The Saint Joseph Benton Harbor Rotary Club Foundation

  • The Sansom Foundation

  • The Sarah S. Scheffelin Trust

  • TD Bank Charitable Foundation

  • The Telligen Community Initiative

  • The Thendara Foundation

  • The WholeKids Foundation


  • Des Moines Fundraising Institute; Des Moines, IA
    CFRE training, 2018 - 2020

  • The Foundation Center; New York City, NY; 2011 - 2017

  • Blackbaud Database Training; 2013 - 2014

  • Master of the Arts in Literature, May 2009
    American University; Washington, DC
    Full Merit Fellowship, Teaching Assistantship, Mellon Grant


  • Bachelor of Sciences in Written Communications; May 2005
    Eastern Michigan University; Ypsilanti, MI
    Regents Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Fraternity

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