Susan Simons

Freelance Grant Writer & Event Planner

Location:Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
2 Skills
After growing up in New York City, Ms. Simons has worked with non-profits in development and marketing. She has been active in event planning and coordination, program management, campaign organization, fundraising, promotions, publicity and grant writing. She has spent time in Liberia, West Africa as a Peace Corps. Volunteer.

Employment History
Owner January, 2014 – present
Simons Consulting Services
Edgewood, New Mexico
Simons Consulting Services offers help and assistance to established non-profits and those wishing to start a non-profit. SCS is helping clients with by-laws, registering with the state and applying for non-profit status from the IRS. More established non-profits are using SCS services in grant writing, sponsorship development and other types of fundraising. Simons Consulting Services directed a successful grass-roots “vote yes’ campaign for an animal protection organization supporting a local bond election.

Executive Director January, 2008 – October, 2013
Central New Mexico Affiliate
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Ms. Simons was the Affiliates first full time Executive Director. She was responsible for the overall operations of the Affiliate including representing the organization to the public and to community organizations, providing guidance to volunteers and committees and for financial and personnel oversight. She was also responsible for obtaining sponsorships and other fundraising.
In the last 5 years, she has grown the annual income by 32%, and has created an intern program. In that last year, despite downturns in the economy and unfortunate events, sponsorships and individual donations have remained even.
The Affiliate is now on the Executive Committee of the NM Cancer Council, has a seat on the Board of the NM Community Health Charities and is listed in the NM Grantmaker’s Directory. The number of calls received at the Affiliate from across the state is an indication of the increased the visibility she has helped the Affiliate achieve.
Ms. Simons has reached out to a number of community organizations and formed partnerships with the UNM School of Marketing, Presbyterian Health Services as well as many local organizations and businesses.

Development Officer July, 2004 – June, 2007
New Mexico Humanities Council
Albuquerque, New Mexico

As Development Office, Ms. Simons' duties included fundraising and public relations. She managed the annual campaign, increased the donor base through direct donor involvement and increased the Councils visibility statewide by attendance at appropriate conventions and meetings and through media advertising. Ms. Simons assisted the Council in creating and implementing a number of new fundraising programs. One of these is an earned income revenue source utilizing an existing public service program. Ms. Simons has written a number of grants, equaling a 54% success rate, totaling over $35,000. Many of these grants were from first time supporters. She also worked with the 2005 Montezuma Ball Committee. This event netted the Council over $23,000.

Owner 2002- 2006
Simons Consulting Services
Edgewood, New Mexico

Simons Consulting has had a number of clients: New Mexico Engineering Foundation, New Mexico Special Orchestra, the Moriarty Civic Center and the Albuquerque Boy Choir. Her duties for these clients include creating news releases and marketing materials, grant writing, producing and manning trade booths and fundraising through direct development and events. She has conducted a very successful direct mail campaign for the Engineering Foundation getting over a 3% response. Ms. Simons has also successful obtained an advertising grant for the Moriarty Civic Center and, as volunteer, written and obtained grants for the New Mexico Route 66 Association.
She has worked with organizations to file their 501’s with the IRS and has written by-laws and Articles of Incorporation.

Director of Development 2001-2002
Easter Seals New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ms. Simons was responsible for the planning and executing of all fundraising activities including, but not limited to, grant writing, direct donor development and the two spring events. This included obtaining sponsorship for and marketing these events to the media and the public. These two events showed an average increase of 31% over the preceding year, with the major event having the best gross gain since its inception. She was also responsible for the promotion of Easter Seals New Mexico’s programs. This visibility was accomplished through press releases, participation in public events and direct contact with donors, both individual and corporate.
She was also responsible for the creation and printing of the quarterly newsletter.

Division Director 1999-2001
New Mexico March of Dimes
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Ms. Simons was responsible for the planning and executing of all fundraising activities, these included three sites of Walk America she was in charge of recruiting, orienting and involving volunteers. She was responsible for major sponsor recruitment and the involvement of new corporate partners in these events. Two new fundraising events were added to the March of Dimes Fundraising calendar under her direction. This is reflected in a 60% growth in revenue over the last two years.
As Division Director, she provided organization visibility through public relations and promotional events, such as the establishment of a regularly published newsletter and participation in health fairs and other public venues.

Owner 1997-1999
Simons Consulting
Edgewood, New Mexico

Simons Consulting wrote and managed grants for non-profits, advising on membership campaigns and planned and staffed expo. booths. They also wrote promotional material for both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Ms. Simons served as Site and Sponsor chair for the Torrance County Economic Summit.
Ms. Simons was also part-time director for the United South Broadway MainStreet organization, Very Special Arts and worked with Occasions! By Design as an event planner.
She served as volunteer director for the Torrance County Rails-to-Trails project, coordinating fundraising and publicity, as well as a 10K Fun Run and as the promotional campaign manager for the New Mexico Route 66 Association.

Project Manager 1995-1997
Salt Missions Trails MainStreet
Estancia, New Mexico

As Project Manager, Ms. Simons reported directly to a board of 16 that represented the four major towns of Torrance County. She incorporated this economic development organization and successfully wrote their 501-c-3 status. Ms. Simons was instrumental in raising over $35,000 for the organization through direct contact, membership campaigns, special events and grant writing. She was also responsible for information dissemination through direct mail, event booths and the publication of the quarterly newsletter.
Her job included economic development through the solicitation of new businesses and the retention and expansion of existing businesses. In the development of the Torrance County Rails to Trails project, she wrote and was granted the Dupont Greenways Award for $25,000. This was the only Greenways grant received in New Mexico. She also successfully wrote grants from Keep New Mexico Beautiful, the NM Dept. of Economic Development, the NM Dept. of Tourism and National Scenic By-way.

Owner 1991-1995
Jazmin Consulting Group, Inc.
Carnation, Washington

Jazmin Consulting was a partnership that specialized in event planning, fundraising and campaign management.
Jazmin Consulting contracted to sell and coordinate booth space, arrange publicity special event coverage, travel arrangements and fundraising from American companies for Japan Week in Bellevue.
Jazmin Consulting also coordinated meetings, fundraising and publicity for successful public bond campaigns.

Masters of Non-Profit Management - Regis University 2010
University of Arizona – BS
Rio Salado Community College – Bookkeeping
Bellevue Community College – Grant Writing and Fundraising for Non-Profits
Washington State Heritage Resource Center – Grant Writing Seminar
Western New Mexico University – New Mexico Economic Development Course
New Mexico State University – Marketing Class
Business Retention and Expansion International – Certification Workshop
Southwest Regional Your Town Center – Rural Design Workshop
National March of Dimes Workshops – Volunteer Management, Communications, Event Management and Fundraising
QuickBooks – Basic workshop and Customer Manager on-line workshop
The Fundraising School/The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University–Building the Annual Fund workshop

Certified Fundraising Executive

Robert Woods Johnson Fellow 2009-2010

Leadership Albuquerque Class of 2012

YWCA Women on the Move 2013

Association of Fundraising Professionals – New Mexico Board of Directors 2005, 2006, 2010
2005, 2006 Education Day – Vendor Co-Chair
Friends of the Estancia Valley Animals – President Board of Directors
East Mountain Animal Shelter Task Force – Chair
New Mexico Cancer Council - Chair
Policy & Advocacy Work Group

Speaking Engagements
Home Based Business Conference 1996
National MainStreet Meeting 1997
NM Historic Preservation Alliance 1998
University of Phoenix – Guest Lecturer 1999
National Meeting on MainStreet 2004
Arizona State AFP Conference 2005
NGO-NM State Conference 2005
AFP Education Day 2006
Rural Economic Development Through Tourism Conference 2007
Houston AFP Educational Conference 2010
New Mexico Animal Humane Conference 2010
American Society of Power Engineers 2011
New Mexico Health Disparities Conference 2012
Association of Fundraising Professionals New Mexico March, 2013
Skills (2) Rating
Grant Writing
Event Planning