With 20 years in the nonprofit sector, I bring a wealth of experience and a “soup to nuts” skillset in building programs, measuring outcomes and raising funds. 

I help organizations amplify their impact through program design, evaluation and fundraising.

I believe that the common thread between these three areas is the importance of a well-crafted story.

Identifying that story is always the first step of my process, whether I am designing a museum program for families or writing a compelling grant proposal—and it’s that story that drives the project from start to finish. Whether you’re in need of project-based or general support, I’d love to talk about how I can help.

Program Design

  • Research, Writing and Curriculum Development
  • Program Development and Budgeting
  • Training and Workshop Facilitation
  • Project Management


  • Evaluation Design and Capacity Building
  • Audience Interviews and Focus Groups
  • Survey Design and Analysis
  • Strategic Planning and Sustainability Planning


  • Fund Development and Donor Engagement Strategy
  • Appeals and Donor Communications
  • Grant Writing and Prospect Research
  • Case Statements and Annual Reports

“Ellen has been so patient and such a support as I have started my nonprofit. She helped me develop a case statement that is perfect to pull from for our narratives when writing grants. She has been someone I can continue to come back to and ask questions as I learn and is always so gracious to work with.” 

–Lindsay Latva, Executive Director, Bristlecone Arts Collaborative

Work with me.

I am based in the Charlottesville, VA area, but am happy to provide remote support outside this region.

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