Katalin Wishart manages JVA annual clients, providing grantwriting and funding research services. Since becoming a grantwriter, Katalin has secured more than $4.25 million in funding. 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 connecting with people to create positive change.
Katalin writes close to 50 grants each year, with more than $2 million awarded in 2019 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, $200,000
- The Anschutz Foundation, $500,000
- Tony Grampsas Youth Services Program, $350,000
Katalin earned her Juris Doctor from Mitchell Hamline College of Law in Saint Paul, MN, and her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Colorado.
Katalin recently completed the Leadership Golden program to learn about the inner workings of local government. She currently serves as co-chair of the City of Golden Public Art Commission and secretary for the Golden Schools Foundation board of directors. 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.
Katalin loves living close to the mountains with her husband, children, Gerald the dog and her cat, Kangaroo.