Empathy is the ability to place oneself in another person's shoes or situation. In my experience, effective fundraising communications - whether a grant, case statement, annual report, direct mail appeal, email marketing piece, social media strategy, acknowledgement letter, Op-Ed, etc. - they all require great storytelling, and the ability to meticulously choose each word to place the reader in the shoes of the clients you serve.
M.A. Nonprofit Leadership - University of San Diego
B.M. Oboe Performance - The Juilliard School
Certificate in Nonprofit Management - Chapman University
Webmaster Certification - San Diego Center for Education & Technology
With over 20 years’ experience in nonprofit management, fundraising and grant writing for a wide range of organizations, I have seen what works and what has not, and I am here to guide you. I have raised and managed millions of dollars for various nonprofit organizations, and my mission is to offer you affordable, strategic, and targeted support for your development needs.
In 2017, I co-founded the Grant Professionals Association's (GPA) San Diego County Chapter, and currently serve as the Chapter's Vice President.
I am also a member of the North County Philanthropy Council, and currently serve as a mentor in the Mentor/Mentee Program.
In addition, I am a member of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and have recently served on the Resource Development Committee.
A proven record of successful grant awards
Superior writer with persuasive storytelling ability
Strong budgeting and data analysis skills
Critical thinker with the ability to construct creative, compelling arguments
Exceptional research skills
Ability to effectively manage the demands of multiple projects without compromising ethics or standards of excellence
Contact me today for a free consultation! Now let's get writing!
Derek Floyd, M.A.
PRESIDENT & CHIEF SCRIBE
I love to write. I am highly empathic. And I am passionate about helping nonprofits help those most in need.
What does empathy have to do with writing for good causes?