Staci Smith

Freelance Grant Writer & Editor

Location:Tucson, Arizona, United States
2 Skills
Professional Experience:
Staci Smith Strategic Services January 2006 to present
? Development of fundraising plans to involve strategic identification of major funding sources
including, but not limited to, Private Foundations, Corporations, Major Donors, Governmental
Funding sources and local funding streams.
? Responsible for raising over $1 million annually through governmental sources and private
foundations for a variety of non profit clients.
? Responsible for the development of agency-wide strategic approaches to fundraising to include: board development; one-on-one meetings with vendors and previous major donors; and restructured requests for foundations and donors based on current needs and assets.
? Responsible for diversification of funding sources throughout client agencies, through addition of community partnerships, web-based fundraising, annual solicitation request and annual event.
? Responsible for the creation of agency mailing lists and identification of major gift sponsors.
? Responsible for building community-collaborations to create innovative ways to address ongoing organizational problems in a more effective way and to address newly identified gaps in service throughout the community.
? Development and implementation of website “commercials”, clips, Facebook
pages and Twitter announcements.
? Development of Federal, State, foundation and corporate grant proposals, community
collaborations and select donor appeals.
? Development of donor lists; solicitation of donor funding and sponsorships; grant research and writing; strategic planning; public/media relations and marketing; and event planning.

Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Southern Arizona April 2006 to March 2010
Public Relations & Grants Manager, Development & Community Relations
? Responsible for strategic planning for $4 million agency as it relates to fundraising including
program budgeting; allocation spreads; budget shortfalls; contractual concerns; upcoming funding opportunities; and community collaborations. Responsible for maintaining consistent funding for all ongoing and future JFCS programs toward continued sustainability.
? Supervise and manage the grants process including: grants writing process; program
development; logic model adherence; budget development and writing; and specific grant writing details. Administrative oversight of all grants-related facets of JFCS as well as developing and maintaining strong relationships with funding organizations and donors.
? Responsible for monthly reporting to the Board of Directors on fundraising and grant goals.
? Development of agency direct mail pieces as well as donor solicitation materials and letters.
? Manage agency Public Relations including writing/sending press releases, developing PSA’s, coordinating and scheduling media interviews and developing/writing media articles.
· Responsible for development and maintenance of agency website and Facebook page.
? Responsible for development and creation of all JFCS media related materials including
maintaining consistent marketing materials for all program, agency and departmental materials.
? Manage the JFCS Board of Directors Public Relations Committee including development and implementation of JFCS annual and quarterly strategic marketing plan.
Research & evaluate funding opportunities via foundations, government entities, corporate grants and other monetary funding programs through grants affiliations, online resources and
community collaborations & networking.
? Responsible for contracts management throughout the agency including adherence to contractual details such as reporting, personnel notifications, and refunding requests.

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation May 2001 to April 2006
Prevention Services Administrator
? Administrative oversight of eight grant funded HIV/AIDS prevention programs, including fiscal
contractual compliancy of subcontractor organizations/agencies.
? Grant proposal research, writing & coordination, including assisting Director of Prevention
Services with HIV/AIDS prevention program strategic planning and development.
? Research alternative funding sources toward continued sustainability.
? Administrative responsibility for prevention program contractual agreements and compliancy, as well as budgetary and fiscal responsibilities.
? Administrative responsibility for database collection, analysis and review including research into epidemiological results and trends.
? Responsible for writing contracts with sister organizations and ensuring adherence to each.

Bernard Hodes Group Feb 1998 to May 2001
Account Strategist
? Project management including the development of interactive media strategies to support more traditional methods of marketing.
? Contract negotiations as well as negotiation and purchase of media nationwide.
? Coordinated 20 National Career Events for National Accounts including but not limited to
banquet facilities, hotel accommodations, promotions and marketing support.
? Provided intensive research and extensive market analysis as well as long-term and short-term strategy in order to meet client goals.
? Wrote and developed television and radio commercials as well as negotiating ad buys.
? Performed budget analysis and provided appropriate campaign recommendations.
? Performed industry analysis to determine success of campaigns and market presence.
? Directed deadline driven and time sensitive projects and delegated project assignments, directing Account Coordinators in daily activities.

The University of Arizona
Bachelor of the Arts: English Literature.
Bachelor of the Arts: Political Science.

Related Skills:
? Critical evaluation and editing skills. Grammar proficiency. Excellent written and verbal
communication skills. Extensive research capabilities and experience.
? Extensive experience with Federal funding guidelines and contractual compliancy.
? Extensive knowledge of and collaborative relationships with community resources and
organizations as well as Federal, State and local funding organizations.
? Proficient use of Adobe Suite, Acrobat and Reader; Print Shop; Microsoft Word, Office Products, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint and Scheduler; social and creative marketing websites; Windows /Internet (PC & Mac).
? Extensive marketing knowledge including social marketing, branding, web-based tools, on-line banner buys and interactive business card development.

Successful Grants/Donor Solicitations:
? Kansas City Convention & Visitors Council Travel Guide 2014
? St. Louis Convention & Visitors Bureau Digital Marketing 2013
? Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau Travel Guide 2014
? Branson/Lakes Area Tourism Council Digital Marketing
? Urban Area Security Initiative Grant Program 2010
? First Things First High Risk Infant Home Visitation, Family Support Coordination 2010, 2011
? Arizona Parents Commission on Drug Education and Prevention 2010
? Arizona Department of Economic Security Counseling, Psychology and Psychiatry contract(s)
? Family Foundations: Jim Click Family Foundation; Diamond Family Foundation; Stocker
Foundation Transition Dollars; Gordon Foundation; and Alliance Fund.
? MADRE Project: Teen Pregnancy Prevention through Offices of Adolescent Health, Public
Health & Science, & Administration on Children, Youth & Families
? Bank of America Corporate Philanthropy
? Victims Of Crime Act: Project Safe Place
? National Center on Senior Transportation: Senior Transportation Demonstration Project 2007
? DES Marriage & Communication Skills Workshops: DES080026
? Tohono O’odham Nation, Arizona Revised Statute 5-601-02
? Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services (SAMHSA): National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Community Treatment and Services Center Grants
? Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Compelling Needs Grants
? Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany
? United States Conference of Mayor’s: USCM HIV/AIDS Prevention Grants Program 200; Track Two: HIV/AIDS Prevention for Gay/Bisexual Men of Color
? SAMHSA: Targeted Capacity Expansion Grant No.SP03-007
? SAMHSA: Targeted Capacity Expansion Initiatives for Substance Abuse Prevention and HIV
Prevention in Minority Communities, GFA No. SP-02-005
? SAMHSA: Targeted Capacity Expansion Initiatives for Substance Abuse and HIV Prevention in Minority Communities, GFA No. SP-01-006
? Arizona Department of Health Services: Statewide HIV/AIDS Prevention Program for Persons Living with HIV Infection, 2001
? AZ Department of Health Services: HIV Prevention – Southern Region, Solicitation # HP454176
? CDC HIV Prevention Activities for Non-Governmental CBOs, CDC PA# 04064

Training & Achievements:
? Member Arizona Association of Fundraising Professionals.
? Coordinator for Centers for Disease Control (CDC) mandated Program Review Committee, in
response to HIV/AIDS-Related Written Materials, Pictorials, Audiovisuals, Questionnaires,
Survey instruments, and Educational sessions requirements.
? Completion of Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop; Institute for
Communication Improvement: The Grant Institute.
? Community Partnership of Southern Arizona Effective Prevention Training Workshop.
Skills (2) Rating
Grant Writing