Katie Coker

Freelance Grant Writer & Proposal Writer

Location:Spokane, Washington, United States
2 Skills
• Provided strategic planning, grant-writing, and management to enable three non-profits to transition from budget deficits to surpluses, increasing the size of budgets by as much as 50%.
• Partnered with board members and program staff to identify opportunities for program growth that was also aligned with the agency’s mission and internal staff capacity, ensuring that budget growth was manageable.
• Responsible for securing approximately $500,000-$2 million annually from governmental, corporate, and private funding sources.
Executive Director; Safe Passage May, 2014 - Present
• Provided overall agency management including programs for survivors of ****** or domestic violence and child abuse, finance, development, and administration.
• Supported the board of directors of the Children’s Advocacy Center to stabilize and later grow services, which led to the Center becoming a program within Safe Passage.
• As part of a team, increased Safe Passage’s funding from $600,000 to $960,000 over three years including government, private, and individual funding, resulting in the expansion of services for adult and child survivors of ****** or domestic violence.
• Collaborated with a local marketing company which provided in-kind support enabling Safe Passage to re-brand and market services more strategically.
• Managed agency growth which included a 25% increase in individuals accessing services.
• Fostered a culture of teamwork among the board of directors and Safe Passage staff.
• Managed a staff of 20-25 employees.
Director of Grants and Contracts; YWCA of Spokane January, 2012 – May, 2014
• Responsible for researching, coordinating, and composing all public and private competitive grants for YWCA totaling approximately $2 million annually.
• Successfully submitted applications for two new, multi-year federal grants, increases in state funding, and increases in county and city grants. Awards resulted in new programs providing family law services, transitional housing, and a new shelter for survivors of domestic violence and their children.
Executive Director; Spokane AIDS Network July, 2009 – May, 2012
• Managed overall company budget of $600,000 including planning, fund development, contract management and reporting for individual state and city contracts and grants.
• Developed relationships with state grantors, ensured adherence to grant guidelines, and oversaw program quality and achievement of grant objectives.
• Worked collaboratively with local partner agencies implementing similar services to avoid duplication and enhance efficiencies.
• Increased prevention and case management funding during period of leadership.
• Managed a staff of ten employees.
Project Manager II, Kauffman & Associates, Inc. January, 2009 – July, 2009
• Coordinated the Discretionary Grant Program administered by the Office of Indian Education.
• Identified and coordinated presenters and professional development for the National Conference for Indian Education.
Program Manager, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) July, 2004 – December, 2008
• Managed the Economic Social Development Unit including staff management, project planning and reporting, and budgeting for Savings and Internal Lending, Peace Building, and Agro-enterprise projects implemented through local partners.
• Represented the International Non-Governmental Organization community on the Country Coordinating Mechanism for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Malaria, and Tuberculosis.
• Developed proposals and secured funding from UNICEF, the Buffet Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, as well as private donors that resulted in the expansion of the nutrition, water and sanitation, agriculture, and saving and internal lending programs.
• Ensured timely and accurate reporting for all grants including education, water and sanitation, health, and HIV/AIDS consistent with federal and private donor requirements.
• Developed programmatic educational materials including newsletters, annual program summaries, website updates, etc.
• Built relationships with Catholic Relief Services’ partners through frequent consultations, participation in quarterly review sessions, and by providing input and timely feedback to partners’ requests.
Food Aid Monitor; World Food Program; Crisis Corps March – July, 2003
• Conducted household surveys to assess issues of availability, access, and utilization of food aid with supplementary food program beneficiaries.
• Monitored food distribution and educational sessions aimed at improving food access and utilization for pregnant women, mothers, and children under five.
Volunteer and Volunteer Leader; Peace Corps August, 1999 – August, 2002
• Managed a Peace Corps sub-office for 30+ volunteers located throughout the region.
• Provided logistical support for in-service trainings on rural water and sanitation as well as HIV/AIDS awareness activities in coordination with local government officials.
• Developed proposals, implemented, and managed household sanitation projects for 50 families in three villages and one school sanitation project serving 700 children.
• Coordinated a two-day commemoration for World AIDS Day with educational demonstrations and theatrical sketches aimed at raising awareness regarding HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention.
• Promoted girls’ education through scholarship awards, art projects and theater.
• Master of Arts Degree in Sustainable International Development, May 2005; Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
• Bachelor of Arts Degree; Society & Justice and Psychology, December, 1997 University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Skills (2) Rating
Grant Writing
Proposal Writing