Success Stories

Better grant fundraising in a music education nonprofit!

“Your Community Resource Share workshop motivated us to better structure our grant application process!

We took the time to finish developing our grant toolbox to make it better up to date, and put into place your suggestion of tracking our funding research as well as our applications.

I spent a lot of quality time with the Foundation Directory at the downtown library portal, and it lead us to a ton of opportunities we’d never come across before! We’ve increased the number of applications we’re submitting each month, and each one has gotten easier thanks to all the centralized resources.”

            Rachael Young and Matrisha Armitage

           Program Director and Executive Director

New VA Regional Housing Program – Supportive Services for Veteran Families

In partnership with St. Vincent de Paul’s Housing staff, led by Director Anne Williams, Andi wrote the grants to secure VA funding and launch this new program in 2011. SSVF was an innovative “housing first” model for VA, who created this new funding stream in 2011 to help end Veteran homelessness nationwide.

This was the first SSVF grant awarded in Oregon.

To date Andi has raised $7.5 million with a 100% success rate for SSVF grants, and St. Vincent de Paul has expanded the geographic area of the program throughout the Willamette Valley. In partnership with Community Services Consortium, they’ve housed nearly 800 Veterans who were homeless in Lane, Linn, Lincoln and Benton Counties (as of Dec. 2017).

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Long-term consulting – Raised $2.8M for sex education, capital campaign

Committed nearly 4,500 hours over 5 years to develop 100 grant proposals supporting innovative programs and capital campaign. Efforts netted $2.8 million in grants with a 58% success rate on federal, state, foundation and United Way grant proposals written.

  • $950,000 won for construction of Regional Health & Education Center in Lane County
  • $300,000 awarded to convert to electronic health records in seven health centers.
  • $370,000 in federal & state grants won to launch a new program for ACA health insurance enrollment assistance (primarily Medicaid)
  • $1,000,000 in grants won to sustain, develop and evaluate comprehensive sex education programs.

Enhanced tracking, reporting and archiving systems. Development team of 5 people became more sophisticated & powerful under Jane Scheidecker’s leadership.

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Fundraising quadrupled in a growing nonprofit!

U R Awesome is an empowering leadership organization. Over an 18-month period this nonprofit’s grant revenue and community support increased by 400%!

Andi helped URA select tribal foundations in western Oregon whose missions aligned closely with theirs and wrote (or helped write) three grant proposals with a small staff. One out of three was awarded, and the staff did a phenomenal job of leveraging a $5,000 award to raise $25,000 more!

This fundraising success enabled URA to offer free workshops on kindness and respect to hundreds of youth and adults at Lane County schools and nonprofits during 2015-2016. They continue to thrive and grow. Check out their website at 

Raised $800,000 to support the Sprout! Food Hub in Springfield, Oregon

Worked with staff and leadership to develop a three-year proposal for Community Economic Development funds from the federal Office of Community Services. An $800,000 grant was awarded that helped NEDCO create 20 jobs related to Sprout!

Sprout! is a regional food hub envisioned and created by NEDCO in 2010-2011 in downtown Springfield. The converted church building has a restaurant, year-round indoor farm market, micro-business incubator services, and commercial kitchen to help small growers, producers and artisans get their products to market. There are events and meetings in the multi-purpose community space. I love Sprout!

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Please see Andi Kemp’s LinkedIn profile for more success stories!

Clarno Unit, John Day National Monument, Wasco County, OR