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Helen Tanner

Freelance Grant Writer & Proposal Writer

Location:San Antonio, Texas, United States
2 Skills
Skilled in proposal development, prospect research, grant writing, grants management. Experienced in full-cycle United Way, city and state funding, corporate/foundation grants, NIH funding, CDC funding, NCLB funding, SAMSHA funding, tribal community grants, pharmaceutical funding and other federal/private grants. Content specialties: Health and Human Services, Social Services, Medical/Clinical Research, Public Health, Children’s/Youth Programs, Education.

Professional Experience

Associate Director of Grants
KIPP San Antonio (Part-time position)
-Serve as primary grant writer for KIPP San Antonio
-Responsible for managing federal and private foundation grants for KIPP San Antonio district
-Ensure compliance with grant guidelines and purposes
-Provide oversight and accounting for grant-funded programs through a grants calendar of program activities
-Federal program director for NCLB and other federal programs at KIPP
-Lead stewardship activities with grant funders in conjunction with Chief Development Officer

Advance Grants – San Antonio, Texas
Helping organizations advance their funding stream by providing support in prospect research, proposal development, and grant pipeline management.
-Contract grant-writing business for non-profits and public organizations

Director of Development
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS – Phoenix, Arizona
Development Manager, Major Gifts and Grants
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS (formerly Body Positive) – Phoenix, Arizona
-Responsible for $800,000 in annual funding (2008 – 2010) through fundraising initiatives
-Raised more than $1 million of annual budget in special events
-Secured more than $700,000 of annual budget (2008 - 2010) in grants (corporate/foundation/United Way/city/tribal)
-Developed a comprehensive grants pipeline that involved program directors and staff
-Managed agency grants in conjunction with CFO and CEO
-Responsible for all funder/grantor communication and cultivation (in addition to CEO).
-Increased number of new donors in 2009 annual fund by 40 percent
-Completed migration of donor data to upgraded Blackbaud Kintera database system of more than 10,000 donor records
-Worked extensively with CEO to secure individual and foundation major gifts of $10,000 and above
-Met goals in both 2008 and 2009 for individual major gifts: 5/year
-Solicited corporate sponsorships and in-kind donations supporting the agency program and event activity
-Secured more than $250,000 in corporate sponsorships in both 2009 and 2010 for major events
-Acted as staff member – board liaison. Worked closely with agency board members to help increase board involvement with fundraising particularly with annual giving campaign and events
-Developed and reshaped gift policies and procedures for development department to enhance fundraising initiatives during agency reorganization
-Managed at least 5 major event committees (board and other volunteers) and outsourced event support staff as assigned – totaling more than 150 professional volunteers
-Oversaw donor database management to ensure accuracy and timeliness for donor records, tax statements, thank-you correspondence, and direct mail campaigns
-Acted as agency volunteer manager and responsible for management of more than 200 agency volunteers (during staff reduction period)

Project Manager – Clinical Research Grants
Phoenix Veteran Affairs Healthcare System – Phoenix, Arizona
-Managed 6 national multi-center clinical research grants studying Atherosclerosis, Diabetes, and other Cardiovascular health conditions
-Managed grant proposals, renewals and audits for all clinical studies
-Developed and wrote study materials for national diabetes trial started in Phoenix
-Managed a research staff of research nurses, physician assistant, research coordinators, and support staff
-Developed, taught, and implemented project/study manual of operations and related study procedures
-Responsible for management of budget and related financial operations for department clinical trials

Senior Clinical Coordinator
Baylor College of Medicine – Houston, Texas
-Dedicated to coordinate and manage phase II-IV out-patient OB/GYN clinical pharmaceutical research trials
-Managed all grant proposals and renewals of related clinical studies
-Coordinate study team personnel and physician to assist with: subject recruitment/screening; blood collection/specimen processing; performing drug/device accountability; resolving queries; documenting/reporting adverse events
-Serve as a liaison between the investigator, sponsor, monitor, and subject

Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
University of Texas Health Science Center – U.T. Medical School Department of Infectious Diseases – HIV/AIDS
2004 – 2006
-Published a paper in the Journal of Translational Medicine with Baylor College of Medicine and University of Texas Medical School, “CD8 apoptosis may be a predictor of T cell number normalization after immune reconstitution in HIV.”
-Coordinated administrative grant duties for related NIH and pharmaceutical clinical AIDS research studies
-Responsible for submission of electronic grant and protocol renewals
-Educated patients about studies and technical knowledge about HIV/AIDS and prevention
-Participated in rounds, staff conferences, and training programs related to research projects
-Performed sub-study presentations and training at other sites, provided statistical analysis of Houston site studies

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), International and Family Health
University of Texas School of Public Health-Houston
May 2006

B.S., Nutritional Sciences
Texas A&M University – College Station
August 2001

-Invited to speak as lecturer for UTSA’s nonprofit management certification program on grant-seeking practices (2011)
-Graduate of Association of Fundraising Professional’s Mentorship Program in Phoenix, AZ in 2009
-Speaker for Anthem Rotary Club presenting on experience as a young professional representing the U.S. in Italy (2008)
-Selected to represent Rotary International as a young professional ambassador in Italy (2007)
-Traveled and served as translator on a medical team to Guatemala with HIV/AIDS physicians (2007)
-Completed Continuing Education Course in “Arts of Non-Profit Fundraising I: The Fundamentals” for Non-Profit Organizations at Rice University, Houston, TX (2006)
-Published a paper with University of TX Medical School and Baylor College of Medicine, “CD8 apoptosis may be a predictor on T cell number normalization after immune reconstitution in HIV” in the Journal of Translational Medicine (2006)
-Speaker for graduate school course on international public health experiences at University of Texas School of Public Health (2006)
-Traveled to Sri Lanka as part of International Tsunami Relief Team (2005)
-Selected for competitive graduate student fellowship in Honduras, Central American with Samaritan’s Purse for 3 months working on international health program development and funding (2003)
-Selected for a graduate fellowship at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for cancer education program development (2003)

Leadership/Professional Organizations

-Junior League, Member 2007–present
-Junior League of Phoenix, Leadership 2008/2009, 2009/2010
-Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Member 2009-present
-Grants Professionals Association, Member 2011-present
-MOPS, Member 2011-present
-Alpha Chi Omega Alumni Association 2008-present
-American Public Health Association, Member 2006-present
-Rotary International, Young Professional Scholar – Group Study Exchange Alumnae
-Texas A&M University Former Students Association
Skills (2) Rating
Grant Writing
Proposal Writing