Mark Donato

Freelance Grant Writer & Proposal Writer

Location:Olivebridge, New York, United States
2 Skills
Mark Donato
194 Watson Hollow Road
West Shokan, NY 12494


Director of Foundation Relations & Grant Writer, The Partnership at
New York, New York, May 2004 – Sept. 2011

- Raised over $2 million as lead writer of foundation and corporate proposals and letters to individual major donors, including numerous 6-figure gifts to enable the start-up of new program initiatives
- Developing and writing regular reports to donors, interacting with program and executive staff
- Meeting with foundation and corporate donors and providing ongoing stewardship of these relationships
- Managing portfolio of 70 – 80 foundations and corporate giving programs
- Writing speeches for Partnership leadership for fundraising events
- Performing prospect research

Fundraising Writer and Consultant, Freelance
New York, New York, 1997-2004

- Acquired two $5 million grants for NYU Downtown Hospital and other major gifts for varied set of clients
- Writing proposals, reports, newsletters and other documents, and performing prospect research for numerous not-for-profit organizations, including NYU Downtown Hospital, Partnership for a Drug-Free America, Environmental Defense Fund, Heritage Trails New York, NYU Medical Center, NYU Stern School of Business, and others

Foundations Officer, Environmental Defense Fund
New York, New York, 1996-1997

- Managing large portfolio of foundations for Oceans, Transportation and Energy programs
- Writing and editing proposals, reports, correspondence and assisting regional Development staff
- Assisting in budgeting process for individual proposals and general programs

Editor/Writer, Development/Public Affairs, The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center
New York, New York, 1993-1996

- Editor-in-chief of quarterly donor newsletter for $600 million campaign, writing and editing all text
- Coordinating newsletter photography, design, production, and mailing
- Writing brochures, proposals, and correspondence and materials for hospital leadership

Publications Assistant, US Trademark Association
New York, New York, 1992-1993

- Writing general issues bulletin on trademark law, fair business practices, and marketplace developments
- Editing book manuscripts and working with printers and designers

Program Associate, National Conference of Christians and Jews
New York, New York, 1990-1991

- Writing, editing, and designing (with Pagemaker) newsletter on programs of 65 regional offices
- Writing and editing brochures, interfaith holiday calendar and other publications
- Planning and implementing staff training meetings and other events

Editor, Gordon and Breach Science Publishers
New York, New York, 1988-1990

- Coordinating in-house preparation of journals and books in the hard sciences, anthropology, and the arts
- Meeting and corresponding with authors and editors
- Overseeing production and marketing of projects

Assistant to the Editorial Director, Gordon and Breach Science Publishers
New York, New York, 1987-1988

- Writing correspondence to authors and editors
- Tracking progression of all book projects
- Copyediting


Bachelor of Arts, English / Writing, University of Pittsburgh, 1979-1983
- Minor in Psychology
- Graduated *** Laude
Skills (2) Rating
Grant Writing
Proposal Writing