Testimonials & Success Stories
Planning & Consulting
“Andi is an assiduous freelancer that gets the work done…she is a great communicator and understands the needs of the client.”
“Thank you very, very, much! You really brought us up to speed as an organization and now we have a more solid foundation with documents & strategic planning. It has also shown me that there are some critical considerations left on the table, but in the end it is all about people.”
Dr. Michael James-Long
President / Board Chairperson, Fair Family Radio
“Andi was very thorough and professional as our strategic planning consultant. She guided us through the process in a comfortable way that made it easy for us, while facilitating great discussions to get us thinking about important topics. As an organization we really benefited from her help, and I highly recommend her.”
Executive Director, Singing Creek Educational Center
White Bird Clinic Employee
“Knows her stuff.”
“Last Saturday’s session was wonderful. I was so pleased to see the board so engaged!”
“Enjoyed my time. Felt Andi drew out more info. from people (thoughts, feelings). She made discussion grow and flow.”
“Great job! Thank you.”
2018 Workshop Participants
“So clear and succinct. I learned a lot. Thank you!”
“Nice job on presentation – Thanks. Please let me know if you offer another grant writing class.”
“Great job deflecting questions that didn’t pertain to the topic.”
2017 Workshop Participants
“Loved it. Hope you do more seminars.”
“I would attend another of Andi’s workshops, and will also look into Willamette SCORE, which sponsored it.”
“Very informative. Andi interacted well with the audience. Would love to see a longer presentation, but was very impressed with the material covered in the time allotted.”
2016 Workshop Participants
“Wish I had taken the other classes!”
“Well presented and very informative.”
“Thank you! Wish it could be longer.”
“Thank you (Eugene Public Library) for bringing in Andi – a new grant professional with a fresh perspective.”
“Excellent information and I appreciate that it was to the point and didn’t get bogged down. Great!”
“A needed public and private service.”
“Great, helpful presentation! Thanks. 🙂 “
“I just received my ACT score and got a 33, which is 2 points higher than my target score! I had such a great experience with the ScoreBeyond program”. – JM
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
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).
See their good works at www.svdp.us
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.
Learn more about PPSO at www.ppsworegon.org
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 https://urawesome.org/
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!
Check out NEDCO and learn more about community development corporations (CDCs) at www.nedcocdc.org
Please see Andi Kemp’s LinkedIn profile for more success stories!