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Lisa Jameson-Shea

Strategic Fundraising Officer, International Grants Manager, Community Nonprofit Leader

I have almost 30 years of experience fundraising, 20 of which have been dedicated to grants management and writing. In my career, I have led stewardship and fundraising efforts in every imaginable Development area. My areas of expertise include stewardship development, large-scale grant writing that includes government funding, strategic plan development, and complex project management through the full life cycle of grant funding. I have ample experience developing policies and procedures to ease communication and process reliability. I understand the complex relationships of working with board members, leadership staff, and community stakeholders. I have expert knowledge overseeing compliance, financial due diligence, and legal requirements with both domestic and international restrictions and guidelines.
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Human Trafficking Institute
Jun 2023 – Present
Washington, DC United States
Grants Manager
• During significant department turnover, led fundraising efforts by amplifying fundraising strategy, optimizing audience activations, and enhancing tactical approach with data-driven recommendations, including capital campaigns, grants, corporate sponsorships, digital fundraising, direct response campaigns, planned giving, major gifts, annual fund, donor-recognition, and donor-advised funds. Surpassing organizational budget for the first time in two years, increasing revenue by 1,634%. • Achieved 100% reoccurring grant funding by developing time-bound fundraising and engagement campaigns. • Developed and led integrated multichannel fundraising strategies to drive key audience objectives, including annual campaigns and seasonal pleas. • Synthesizing several development goals, providing solutions for complex and matrixed constituencies, including project development technology launch and development of client surveys with emphasis on funding preferences. • Managed all grant prospect research and identification for cultivation and solicitation, increasing optimal prospects by 1,387%. • Performed all grant management and writing, including government, foundational, corporate, and private family foundation appeals. Within the first six months of the role, raised an 833% increase compared to the prior year. Developed program-based budgets, attachments, program materials, and other various grant requirements. International grant submissions include JTIP/Department of Justice and in-county Embassies. • Over one year, submitted 119 applications, various reports, letters of intention, and contract agreements. Managed organizational systems for,, MyGrants, and foundational directories such as Guidestar and Candid.
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A Precious Child
Aug 2020 – May 2023
Broomfield, CO United States
Grants Director
• Served as primary writer of 540 grant proposals and 240 reports and provided management of the proposal development, editing, and submission process. • Oversaw the entire grant process of 830 grantors per year, including research, project management, department coordination, proposal budgets and narratives, SWOT analysis, timelines, narrative writing, application writing, LOI’s, submissions, contracts, stewardship, tours, reporting, and grant financial requirements. • Within 2 years, increased the grant budget by 633% (2020 $300K budget, 2023 $2.4M budget) and in 2023 Q1 raised $864k. • Continuous stewardship of funders and stakeholders in various aspects, including marketing, tours, VIP events, fundraisers, and photo ops. • Development of internal and external program language for communications, proposals, and marketing around various topics, including capital campaigns, DEIBA, programs, community-led agencies, and social justice work. • Managed and refined project management systems for tracking annual grant calendar, potential opportunities, submission, awarded grants, and deliverables to ensure timely completion of grant-related documents, grant contract agreements, acknowledging grant awards, internal communication with program administrators, and appropriate record keeping. • Assisted the internal Evaluation Team in aligning evaluation processes with funder expectations and grant reporting needs. Helped to revamp entire organizational evaluation systems from outputs to outcomes. • Wrote and oversaw all grant proposals to Foundations /Trusts (30% of funding), Corporations (54% of funding), and Government / Municipal (16% of funding). • Precious Child’s top fundraiser in 2021 and 2022. Grew from 220 grant opportunities in the project management system to 830 in 2.5 years.
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Brighton Chamber of Commerce
Mar 2020 – Jul 2020
Brighton, CO United States
Chief Executive Officer
• Proven record of accomplishment in leadership, team recruitment, team building, development, and corporate sales during the height of a pandemic with a $1.4M budget and 400 business memberships. • A strong command of operational accounting, including balance sheets, profit and loss statements, program and capital campaign budgets, payroll, audits, 990s and accounts payable and receivable. • The ability to engage in and enhance business, community, and government synergies. Excellent skills in relationship building, gift solicitation, event planning and public speaking. During a pandemic, the 2020 Denver Business Journal winner, Top 15 Best Chambers of Commerce. • Created a strategic leadership program to help community engagement and provide a new line of $300K revenue. An unmatched ability to retain and support current membership and a strong commitment to new member growth. • Administered and awarded over $300K in CDBG grant funds to local small businesses through county, state, and federal funding. • Provided 3 virtual fundraising events and 2 in-person fundraising events during the pandemic alongside 16 networking and training virtual events. • Exceeded budget and recruited 16 additional business memberships during the height of the pandemic.
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Northern Colorado Latino Foundation
Mar 2017 – Mar 2020
Greeley, CO United States
Executive Director
• Utilized my writing ability to increase grant conversion rates by 230%. • Exceptional capacity for leadership, managing and developing people, and team-building while developing staff capacity, a highly effective workforce and the processes that ensure the organization runs smoothly while experiencing growth; scaled all aspects of the organization to a mature stage. • Competence in creating and casting a compelling mission and vision to a diverse audience with passion, inspiration, and positive optimism. • Strong track record for managing nonprofit finances and fundraising through grants, individuals, and sponsors. • Provided extensive public relations and community advocacy for the organization and the community of Latinos, Chicanos, migrant workers and Latinx-owned businesses.
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Colorado Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
May 2013 – Dec 2016
Denver, CO, United States
Director of Events and Business Resources
• Developed and implemented a strategic plan for annual special events. Included the development of the themes and formats for the events. Managed logistics to include scheduling, RSVP lists, food and beverage, event space, supplies, audiovisual equipment, photography, videography, travel arrangements, event signage and décor to meet the department's quality expectations, donors, sponsors, volunteers, members, committees, and volunteers. Planned and executed the top Hispanic Business event in Colorado for four years, ‘Sabor’ at the Denver Botanic Gardens, for over 3,000 attendees. Planned and executed Galas and Luncheons at Denver Hyatt and Denver Sheridan for over 800 guests with a $1.5M budget. • Managed the entire grant process, including research, drafting proposals, and timely submission for chamber and foundation fundraising of $2M. Leadership proficiency in project management, resource management and team building. Excellent skills in relationship building, gift solicitation, event planning, and public speaking.
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Mental Health Center of Denver
Apr 2007 – May 2013
Denver, CO, United States
Development Manager
• Collaborated with the Director of Philanthropy and Director of Child and Family Services on implementing strategies to identify, cultivate and sustain individual multi-year donors, corporate, and foundation donors. Actively engaged in diversifying support for Denver's Mental Health Center through the engagement of Denver's diverse philanthropic communities and various established and innovative approaches. • Managed the entire grant process, including research, drafting proposals, development of accurate and feasible budgets, and submission according to deadlines. Ensured over $18.3 million in grant funding per year, of which 96% was through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration for the Federal Government (SAMSA).
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University of Texas at Tyler
May 2004 – Dec 2006
Master of Business Administration - MBA, Marketing
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Ferris State University
Aug 1997 – May 2000
Bachelor of Science - BS, Advertising/ Integrated Marketing Communications