Katalin Wishart, J.D.
In her first two years as a grantwriter, Katalin Wishart secured approximately $2.3 million in funding from cities, counties, the state of Colorado and foundations. Katalin’s grantwriting is informed by her connections with clients, which allow her to gain a thorough understanding of how they operate and the needs of the communities they serve. In addition to writing grant proposals, she researches funding opportunities, helps clients develop strategies for seeking funding, and advises them on the best tactics for approaching particular funders.
Prior to joining the nonprofit sector as a grantwriter, Katalin practiced law with a focus on estate planning and elder law. Not only did she enjoy helping clients with complex legal issues, she also loved talking to them and learning about their joys and struggles. From working for a daily newspaper through practicing law and grantwriting, the thread that ties her career together is her passion for research, writing and connecting with people.
In 2018, Katalin wrote close to 50 grants, resulting in nearly $1 million in funding for Colorado nonprofits. Her wins for JVA clients include awards from the following funders:
- Delta Dental of Colorado Responsive Grant, $124,144
- Health Resources & Services Administration, $275,000
- Denver Foundation Colorado Health Access Fund, $180,786
- Angell Foundation, $100,000
- Telluray Foundation, $50,000
Katalin earned her Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, MN, and her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Katalin currently serves as secretary for the Golden Schools Foundation board of directors and holds a position on the City of Golden Public Art Commission. Previously, Katalin held positions as president, treasurer and legislative representative for the Shelton Elementary PTSA board of directors. She has volunteered her legal services through Metro Volunteer Lawyers in Denver and Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services. Other volunteer activities include helping with the Memories in the Making and Tel-A-Sure programs at Seniors’ Resource Center in Wheat Ridge and drafting memos for the North Star Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Although she never thought she would, Katalin had an incredible time camping in a tent (!) in several national parks last summer with her adventurous kiddos.