Erin Shaver’s grantwriting expertise is built on 15 years of writing and editing experience, predominantly in the nonprofit sector and in journalism. A reporter at heart, she believes that behind every organization is a story; her foremost ambition is to find that story and tell it compellingly.
As a senior grantwriter, she has helped Colorado nonprofit organizations working in education, health and mental health, the arts, child welfare, employment and workforce development, immigration and refugee services, advocacy and policy, and much more, to better articulate their stories to secure funding. Primarily writing foundation grants, she also helps clients with extensive and targeted funding research and technical assistance in grants management and cultivation.
In 2017, she helped clients secure more than one million in grants primarily from foundations, including many that were first-time funders of the organizations. The annual grant contract return on investment for her yearlong clients topped 1,500%. Erin secured more than $200,000 in grant foundation funding for the Colorado Latino Leadership Advocacy and Research Organization (CLLARO) and multiple grants for annual clients such as TEENS, Inc. and the Asian Pacific Development Center (APDC).
In the past, she has worked as an editor at a large Denver nonprofit and as a newspaper journalist in Boulder, and she has run her own triple-bottom-line business. Erin also has several years of experience in editing, business writing, researching and producing white papers/case studies, and in marketing.
Erin has a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in journalism from the University of North Florida.
Erin volunteers at her children’s school when she can and, as an avid gardener, also currently volunteers at the Buffalo Park Community Garden.
First hired at Joining Vision and Action in 2007, Erin returned in 2016 after a several-year hiatus adventuring and raising children in Alaska.
Prior to getting JVA’s help with funder research, we had a good sense of what funders were out there that fit our focus area. What we did not know, and what JVA helped to zero in on, was the specifics – the nitty gritty. Funders may say Colorado, but what percentage really goes to Colorado? What does Denver metro really mean? What really is the average amount in a specific funding area? This is the information that helps figure out whether or not it makes sense to put resources forward to apply.
I appreciate the diligence and time you spent with us learning more about our vision and mission. The strategic focus is starting to root with the staff, and I feel confident that our grant submissions will have great legitimacy and credibility as a result. You have clearly captured who we are, what we do, and why in a very concise and articulate way. Thank you!