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Helen Tanner

Freelance Grant Writer & Proposal Writer

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Location:San Antonio, Texas, United States
Website: http://www.advancegrants.com
Profile:https://www.freelanced.com/helentanner
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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)
2011-Current
-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

Principal/Owner
Advance Grants – San Antonio, Texas
www.advancegrants.com
2010-current
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
2009-2010
Development Manager, Major Gifts and Grants
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS (formerly Body Positive) – Phoenix, Arizona
2008-2009
-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
2007-2008
-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
2006-2007
-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

Education
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

Accomplishments/Honors
-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
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Grant Writing
Proposal Writing