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

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

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 and Program Evaluation


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


  • Case Statements and Impact Reports
  • Newsletters and Constituent Communications
  • Marketing and Social Media Support
  • General Writing and Editing

“When I was Board Chair, I found Ellen to be an excellent fundraiser with an aptitude for corporate engagement and grant writing. She is the best writer I know, for grants, marketing, and in general. I strongly endorse Ellen and I think she adds significant value wherever she is involved.” 

–Brent Geist, Executive Vice President, FirstBank

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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