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:

“Ellen has a natural talent for writing and a diverse fundraising and communications skillset. Her ongoing support has helped us improve our donor communications and strengthen our social media presence. Plus, she’s a pleasure to work with!”

-Jennifer Hinderliter, Executive Director, Elevations Foundation

“From start to finish, Ellen provided exceptional leadership in helping EMA craft our Strategic Plan. As a national member organization, Early Music America has many constituents with diverse needs. Ellen’s care in conducting stakeholder surveys and interviews provided excellent data, and her skillful facilitation of collaborative conversations helped us narrow down our priorities and create actionable goals. The final product was clear, concise, and visually engaging. I feel confident that we’ve created a document that will guide us through the next five years in a bold but manageable way.” 

-David McCormick, Executive Director, Early Music America

“Early Learning Ventures has been very pleased with the service from Three Notch’d Nonprofit Solutions. Ellen is very professional and I would highly recommend her to those seeking to write grants. Her knowledge of grant management, combined with her attention to detail, makes working with Ellen so seamless. Ellen is gifted in taking the ELV mission, vision, and ideas and translating them to paper, which makes the grant writing process much easier.”

–Judy Williams, CEO, Early Learning Ventures

“From the moment we met Ellen we knew she was exactly what the Junior League of Denver needed. Her thoughtful countenance and innovative vantage point, coupled with her wide range of experiences, took our development efforts to the next level. By taking the time to understand our history and listen to current landscape, she skillfully updated processes and introduced us to new, effective solutions. Ellen has made a lasting impact on the JLD. I wholeheartedly recommend her leadership, guidance and consulting services!” 

–Caryne Mesquita, President, Junior League of Denver

“Ellen’s grant writing services have been incredibly valuable to our nonprofit organization. She has been able to take the details about our mission, and create a concise and compelling narrative for a variety of 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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