Clients and Expertise

Three Notch’d Nonprofit Solutions is grounded in 20 years of experience at diverse organizations—ones where staff supplied their own computers and others with $25 million operating budgets.


I have had the privilege of working with the following organizations:

“It’s easy to get stuck in a rut writing grant proposals year after year, relying on the same tired language to describe your mission and programs. Ellen did such a great job of getting to know our festival and revitalizing the way we write about our work, especially the outreach and educational programs outlined in our latest proposal. I’m excited to find new opportunities to work with Ellen through my various nonprofit affiliations!”

–David McCormick, Executive Director, Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival

“Ellen has worked with the board and staff of the Junior League of Denver since 2020. She possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience, enabling her to offer creative ideas and innovative approaches to invigorate our fundraising efforts. I am continually impressed by the results she produces! I wholeheartedly recommend Ellen to other organizations needing professional assistance with fundraising and philanthropy.” 

–Karen Mayo, Finance and Operations Director, Junior League of Denver

“Ellen’s grant writing services have been incredibly valuable to our nonprofit organization. She was able to take the details about our mission, and create a concise and compelling narrative for several different grant applications. I have been impressed with Ellen’s organization and timeliness. I would highly recommend her to help with any nonprofit support needs.”

–Emily Stromquist, Executive Director, Food for Hope

Professional Experience

I have also honed my craft through positions at:

  • Children’s Museum of Memphis
  • Clyfford Still Museum
  • Colorado Art Education Association
  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Denver Art Museum
  • Denver Museum Education Roundtable
  • National Building Museum
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Virginia Discovery Museum


Whether I have been on the art museum floor with preschoolers or in a meeting with a program officer of a foundation, there are three essential pillars that have always driven my work:

  • Curiosity
  • Characters
  • Collaboration

These three C’s continue to sustain my work in programs, evaluation and fundraising. As a consultant, my hope is that my fresh perspective can take a load off of nonprofit staff who are likely stretched a little too thin. If you’re in need of project-based or just general support, I’d love to talk about how I can help.

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