Diane Treon

Freelance Grant Writer & Proposal Writer

Location:Englewood, New Jersey, United States
2 Skills
St. Vincent’s Services, Brooklyn, NY March 2009 – Present
Manager of Corporate and Foundation Giving Total Raised: $2.5 million
Work with the Managing Director of Resource Advancement, Executive Director, and program staff to grow SVS’s Foundation, Corporate, and Government donor base. Activities include:
Craft proposals/letters of inquiry/reports and other donor correspondence.
Arrange site visits and coordinate other prospect/donor stewardship.
Supervise one full-time staff member (the Grants Coordinator).
Successfully secured $2.5 million for grants for basic general support and special project support, including:
DeMatteis Family Foundation, $750,000
The Hearst Foundation, $50,000
New York Women’s Foundation, $40,000 (2010); renewed at $50,000 (2012); renewed at $60,000 (2013)

The Foundation Center, New York, NY July 2008 – December 2008
Director of Development Total Raised: $1 million
Worked with the Senior Vice President for Institutional Advancement, the Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration, and the President to achieve financial and institutional goals. Activities included:
Provided high-level strategic assistance and support in planning, coordinating, and implementing the Center’s efforts to secure gift income from foundations and corporations, including the annual, national, and regional campaigns, and funding for special projects.
Supervised three full-time staff members: the Senior Development Associate, the Development Associate, and the Donor Database Coordinator as well as one part-time grants writer.
Successfully targeted, solicited, stewarded, and secured $1 million in grants, including:
Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, $825,000

The Children’s Aid Society, New York, NY January 2006 – July 2008
Assistant Director of Development Total Raised: $10 million
Led a national fundraising campaign designed to secure significant program support for the national expansion of the highly successful Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program (APPP), as well as the operations of the National Adolescent Sexuality Training Center (NASTC).
Targeted, solicited, stewarded, and secured $10 million in grants, including:
Robin Hood Foundation, $5 million in grants (combined total)
BOOST (Baltimore Out of School Time), $200,000
Stavros Niarchos Foundation, $100,000
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Inc., $100,000
Aaron Straus and Lillie Straus Foundation, $50,000

The Rockefeller University, New York, NY May 2003 – December 2005
Director, Foundation and Corporate Support Total Raised = $4 million
Worked closely with the Vice President of Development, other Development directors, and approximately 100 key scientific staff (including post docs, researchers, and lab heads) to increase foundation and corporate giving. Activities included:
Coordinated the University’s internal fellowship program, which distributed $1.5 million annually in fellowships and awards to Rockefeller researchers
Working with the University’s Finance Office, coordinated the preparation of grant-related financial materials, including budgets, financial reports, and other documents.
Coordinated corporate and foundation site visits.
Oversaw a staff of one (Development Assistant).
Successfully targeted, solicited, stewarded, and secured $4 million in grants for biomedical research, including:
The Dana Foundation $300,000 (Human Immunology Research)
Irvington Institute for Immunological Research $203,000 (two postdoctoral fellowships for Immunology Research)
Breast Cancer Alliance $100,000 (Breast Cancer Research)
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation $100,000 (Alzheimer’s Research)

The Americas Society, New York, NY September 2001 – April 2003
Director, Foundation and Corporate Relations Total Raised: $1.2 million
Oversaw all aspects of Foundation, Corporate, and Government fundraising across all institutional programmatic areas (Visual Arts, Music, and Literature). Activities included:
Worked closely with lobbyist at the federal level to submit compelling proposals to federal grantmaking entities (including the NEA, the NEH, and IMLS).
Successfully targeted, solicited and secured $1.2 million in grants, including:
Citigroup Foundation $75,000
Starr Foundation $50,000
Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts $50,000
JPMorganChase Foundation $25,000
National Endowment for the Humanities $35,000 Planning Grant (in collaboration with The Asia Society and Museum)
New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Exhibition and Literature Programs $25,000

El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY January 2001 - August 2001
Grants Manager Total Raised: $800,000
Worked with a team of approximately 10 curatorial and program staff to develop, write, and submit detailed grant proposals and compliance reports. Activities included:
Worked closely with key staff (including Museum President Susanna Toruella-Leval and Chief Lobbyist Susan del Valle) on NYC and NYS level lobbying efforts.
Successfully targeted, solicited and secured $800,000 in grants, including:
Nathan Cummings Foundation $50,000
Vivendi Universal $25,000
Sony USA $40,000 In-kind
New York State Council on the Arts Museum and Exhibition Programs $50,000 (Two at $25,000)

American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY July 1995 - April 2000
(three positions held)

Assistant Director, Foundation and Government Support July 1998 - April 2000
Coordinator, Foundation and Government Support July 1997 - July 1998
Total Raised: $2.5 million
Worked with approximately 100 curatorial and program staff to develop, write, and submit detailed grant proposals and compliance reports, in conjunction with the highly successful Campaign for the Museum of the New Century ($600 million ultimately raised). Activities included:
Working with lobbyist consultant at the NYC, NYS, and federal level to submit compelling proposals for significant government grants.
Directly responsible for securing appx. $850,000 in grants annually, including:
$400,000 for Education Institute of Museum and Library Services from Vidda Foundation
$110,000 for General Services from Vidda Foundation
$100,000 for Education from Picower Foundation
$ 80,000 for Hall of the Universe from NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs
Actively involved in securing appx. $500,000 in Campaign Gifts, including:
$10 million for the Starr Natural Sciences Building from The Starr Foundation
Multi-million dollar gift for Hayden Planetarium from Charles Hayden Foundation
$1 million for the Discovery Room from Edward John Noble Foundation
Government sources, including: National Science Foundation; National Endowment for the Humanities; Institute for Museum and Library Services ($112,000, one of two top awards for that year); the New York State Council on the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs ($80,000 challenge grant, the highest grant in that category).

Secretary, Ornithology Department July 1995 - July 1997
Maintained spreadsheets for departmental budget; composed departmental correspondence; coordinated the Frank M. Chapman Memorial Grants and Fellowships program.


July 2008 New York Fundraising Summit—New York University
Co-Presenter: “Winning Proposals: A Tour of Four Successful Case Studies”

June 2008 New Jersey/New York Fundraising Conference—Montclair State University
Co-Presenter: “Planning and Writing Winning Proposals”

Present The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, Coursework toward a Masters Degree in Liberal Arts (Focus on Women’s Studies and English)
1991 The Pennsylvania State University, State College, B.A./English, Emphasis in Writing (With Highest Honors)
Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg, A.A./Liberal Arts-Communications and the Arts
Skills (2) Rating
Grant Writing
Proposal Writing