Lauren Alise Schultz


Lauren Alise Schultz is a highly experienced fundraising and communications professional who has raised $37 million for a wide variety of organizations.

Lauren provides freelance grantmaker research, grant writing, development and communications services, branding execution and digital marketing to nonprofits and small businesses.
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Fundraising Results

Having worked as a grant writer and fundraiser since 2011, 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 raised through fundraising campaigns.

Skills & Abilities

  • Proficient with various Fundraising Tools: Instrumentl, Foundation Directory Online, GrantStation, Crowdrise, and Raiser's Edge.
  • Proficient with various Web and Graphic Design Tools: Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, LightRoom, and Adobe Express; Canva; and WordPress, Wix, Weebly, and SquareSpace builders.
  • Proficient with various Communication Tools and Platforms: Microsoft Office Suite, Google Office Suite, Constant Contact, MailChimp, Survey Monkey, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and X (formerly Twitter).
  • Experienced in writing for and managing publications that cultivate an organization's positive public image.
  • Experienced at developing and delivering curriculum in the workplace and university classrooms.

Nonprofit Work

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Education & Youth Development

  • Asian American Leadership Empowerment and Development; Washington, DC
  • The Biondi Special Education School; Yonkers, NY
  • Boolean Girl; Arlington, VA
  • The Dr. Katharine Dodge Brownell School; Bronx, NY
  • I Am, We Are; Prince George's County, MD
  • The Jobs for Life Program; Benton Harbor, MI
  • The Leake & Watts Parent Child+ Program; Yonkers; NY
  • Pursuit of Innovation (Pi515); Des Moines, IA
  • The Summit School; Edgewater, MD
  • Woodfield Juvenile Detention Center; Valhalla, NY
  • Youth Art For Healing; Bethesda, MD

Community Organizations

  • The Army Distaff Foundation; Washington, DC
  • Asian American Leadership Empowerment and Development; Washington, DC
  • Catholic Charities; Des Moines, IA
  • Central Iowa Shelter & Services; Des Moines, IA
  • Communities for People; Boston, MA
  • Creative Habitat; Des Moines, IA
  • CultureALL; 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
  • The Lifespace Foundation; Des Moines, IA
  • Maryland Latinos Unidos; Baltimore, MD
  • Michigan's Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council; Benton Harbor, MI
  • Mosaic Christian Community Development Association; Benton Harbor, MI
  • Overflow Church; Benton Harbor, MI
  • Passage of Hope Program for Unaccompanied Minor Children; Westchester County, NY
  • Reliant Ministries; Orlando, FL
  • Rising Ground (formerly Leake & Watts); Yonkers, NY
  • The Telligen Community Initiative; Des Moines, IA

Professional Associations

  • The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy Foundation; Alexandria, VA
  • The Association of American Medical Colleges; Washington, DC
  • Central Iowa Shelter & Services; Des Moines, IA
  • Heart of Des Moines; Des Moines, IA
  • The Hispanic National Bar Association; Washington, DC
  • Iowa Agriculture Water Alliance; Des Moines, IA
  • Maryland Latinos Unidos; Baltimore, MD
  • Maryland Nonprofits; Baltimore, MD
  • Michigan Federation of Music Clubs; Grand Rapids, MI
  • The Physician Assistant Foundation; Alexandria, VA
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Grant Writing
Track Record

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.

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.

Government Funding from...

  • The Federal Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start
  • The Federal Department of Health & Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement
  • The Federal Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • 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 

Corporate Grants from...

  • The America Electric Power (AEP) Foundation
  • Amerisourcebregen
  • The Crane Company Fund
  • CVS Caremark
  • The Entergy Charitable Foundation
  • Hitachi Metals America Ltd.
  • The Metzer-Price Foundation
  • The Old National Bank Foundation
  • Optimum Lightpath
  • Payless Shoes
  • Prairie Meadows Racetrack & Casino
  • TD Bank Charitable Foundation
  • The WholeKids Foundation

Private Grants from...

  • The Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County
  • Berrien Community Foundation
  • The Carvel Foundation
  • The Edith Glick Shoolman Children’s Foundation
  • Frederick S. Upton Foundation
  • Hyde and Watson Foundation
  • The Laura Bush Foundation
  • The Lowenstein Foundation
  • Muhammad Ali Peace Center
  • The New York Community Trust
  • The Non-Profit Finance Fund
  • The Pokegon Fund
  • The Saint Joseph Benton Harbor Rotary Club
  • The Sansom Foundation
  • The Sarah S. Scheffelin Trust
  • Telligen Community Initiative
  • The Thendara Foundation

Instructional Experience

  • Maryland Nonprofits; Baltimore, MD
    Webinar Instructor (2021-22)
  • American University; Washington, DC
    Graduate Instructor, Post-Graduate Instructor (2007-11)
    Writing Center Tutor (2007 - 2009)
  • Mercy College; Dobbs Ferry, NY
    Adjunct Writing Instructor (2010)
  • The Montgomery College; Rockville, MD
    Adjunct Writing Instructor (2009-10)
  • Eastern Michigan University; Ypsilanti, MI
    Holmon Success Center
    Undergraduate Instructor (2004-05)

Education and Training

  • Grant Professionals Association
    Conference Seminars (2022-present)
  • Des Moines Fundraising Institute; Des Moines, IA
    CFRE Training Courses (2018-20)
  • The Foundation Center; New York City, NY
    Grant-Seeking Training Courses (2011-17)
  • Blackbaud Database Training (2013-14)
  • 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 & Literature (May 2005)
    Eastern Michigan University; Ypsilanti, MI
    Regents Scholarship, Phi Kappa Phi Honors Fraternity
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