Erin Shaver’s grantwriting expertise is built on more than 15 years of writing and editing experience, predominantly in the nonprofit sector and in journalism.
Erin has been part of the JVA team for more than a decade, both as a staff member and a freelancer. As grants director, she currently manages the JVA grantwriting team, the City of Denver contract and several other annual contracts. Over the past several years, Erin managed annual grantwriting contracts with clients in the education and human services fields, including several years in particular working with TEENS, Inc., Shiloh House and the Asian Pacific Development Center. This includes performing funding research, writing grants and providing technical assistance to help clients strategize, make decisions, secure funding and maximize their potential.
Erin secured more than $3 million in grants for clients from 2017 to 2019, primarily from foundations, and has a keen understanding of the Colorado funding landscape, with successful grants in the past two years to Anschutz Foundation, Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation, Colorado Health Foundation, Colorado Health Access Fund, Daniels Fund, Denver Foundation, Rose Community Foundation, just to name a few. These grants supported a variety of organizations in a variety of subject areas, including early childhood education, foster youth programs, immigrant/refugee programs, mental health services, youth conservation programs and more.
Erin also has experience writing successful state and federal grants for nonprofit and government clients. She has recently penned successful grants to NextFifty Foundation and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Area Agency on Aging for programs centered on aging issues and worked closely with Rose Community Foundation/Changing the Narrative, including developing a white paper on aging in the workplace.
In the past, Erin has worked as an editor at the Denver Art Museum and as a newspaper journalist at the Colorado Daily in Boulder, where she covered higher education, as well as arts and entertainment. She also has considerable experience as a freelance writer, having written magazine features, technical reports, white papers and blogs, and has dabbled in running a socially conscious business.
Erin has a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in journalism from the University of North Florida, where she also played NCAA varsity soccer and was president of an environmental club.
An avid gardener, Erin volunteers at the Buffalo Park Community Garden. She is also a volunteer soccer coach.
First hired at Joining Vision and Action in 2007, Erin returned as a staff member in 2016 after a several-year hiatus exploring and raising her two children in Alaska.
Shiloh House has worked with JVA, specifically Erin Shaver, for several years, as our primary grantwriting firm. Over this time, we have seen huge growth in our grant funding success. Erin is always willing to go the extra mile and advocate for the youth and families we serve. Her compassion for her clients and the work that we do is apparent through her professionalism, empathy in our storytelling and efficiency. JVA and Erin have helped Shiloh increase the funding that is needed so badly to continue to serve more throughout the state.
We love working with JVA. They have helped us revamp our grantwriting process and helped us secure additional multi-year grants to expand our services. Our success is directly attributable to the professionalism of their staff and the time that they took to truly understand our services so that they can sell it effectively to our funders.