grant research and writing support for nonprofit organizations
I am a southern California native who migrated to the Midwest after earning my bachelor's degree (1998) from the University of Notre Dame and my law degree (2001) also from the University of Notre Dame. Go Irish! I resided in the Chicagoland area with my husband and four children for many years before relocating to the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. Prior to taking my "mom sabbatical" from law, I worked as a litigation attorney downtown Chicago and volunteered my time as a board member of a nonprofit taking care of that organization's grant funding research and writing needs. In my current spare time, I enjoy volunteering as a pro bono legal aid attorney with the Pro Bono Network where I serve as the Vice President of its Board of Directors. Spending time with my family, traveling, exercising at Orangetheory Fitness before dawn, reading and, on occasion, tap dancing are also favorites.
*This presentation is certified for 1.0 CLE credits when hosted by an MCLE-approved provider law firm and presented to Illinois attorneys.
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[family adoption services, maternity counseling for unplanned pregnancies, and teen pregnancy/parenting support; specialized counseling in postpartum depression, anxiety, grief and loss; wraparound case management support for mothers facing hardship]
[advances awareness of epilepsy and Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy, and helps secure funding for families in need of seizure detection and prediction devices that may assist in preventing seizure-related deaths]
[empowers girls to become confident, purpose-driven leaders in their communities while preparing them for college and careers, and to become change-agents in their communities]
[provides small, family-style homes for 11 adults with intellectual disabilities and their live-in assistants; promotes active engagement in the local community through volunteer activity, leisure activity, faith practice, and employment]
[Provides on-site daily after-school homework and literacy support to kids age 5-14 living in Chicago homeless shelters]
[investment organization committed to identifying and growing social enterprise entrepreneurs in the city's most under-resourced communities by providing mentoring, training, and back office support; idea incubator for Christian entrepreneurs supported by the church]
"I have worked with many grant writers in the past and Jennifer is the VERY best that I have ever worked with. She is hard working, prepared, and our staff really felt she took the time to understand our organization as she was putting the grant together. Really good grant writers are hard to find and I think we hit the jackpot with Jennifer."
Jimmy Lee, CEO Goodcity; President of Mission Create; Former Executive Director White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and Special Assistant to the President
Jennifer: Thank YOU! You really made this process very easy – you were great to work with; very organized and meticulous on follow-up. I would love to work with you again.
Elizabeth Mason, CFRE, V.P. of Development, SGA Youth & Family Services
Vice President and Volunteer Legal Aid Lawyer at Pro Bono Network, a Chicago-area nonprofit, 2015 - present
Member Nonprofit Leadership Lab, 2018-present
Member Grant Professionals Association, Chicago Chapter, 2016-2019
Member Association of Fundraising Professionals, Chicago Chapter, 2017-2018