The Wise Guides to Fundraising 


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I provide fundraising consulting services* to nonprofits in the following areas:

Grants from foundations, corporations, and most government agencies. This includes researching prospects and writing the actual grant proposals. Let the guy who wrote the book on grant writing write your next grant!

Annual fund and special appeals, including developing strategies and, when needed, writing appeal letters and text for other materials.

Direct mail acquisitions: strategy, creating materials, consultation on list selection, and working with designers.

Major donors. Note that this encompasses preparing materials and strategizing only. I do not solicit donors on a nonprofit's behalf.

To inquire about my providing fundraising counsel for your organization, email me at waddy [at]

*Fundraising consulting services are available only to nonprofits located in the following states: AZ, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IA, ME, MO, OR, TX, and WA.


My grant writing workshops can train a number of volunteers (or professionals new to grant writing) quickly and efficiently. Workshops can be structured to fit into larger programs. 


Workshops I offer include:

  • Proposal Writing: Good writing skills are just the beginning. You also need to know what to include in a proposal and what techniques can be used to show your program at its best.  (1 to 3 hours)

  • Budgets: Learn about indirect costs, salary allocations, and how to make the income section as convincing as the expenses. (1 hour) View an online version of this workshop on YouTube.

  • Grant Writing Overview: Everything you need to know about grant writing in a nutshell. Handouts and examples facilitate independent study post-seminar. (1.5 hours)

You can view one of my workshops here: Grant Writing: Beyond the Basics (video lecture)

I have taught writing for development for the New York University, Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising 

To inquire about my conducting a workshop for your organization, email me at waddy [at]





You can email me at waddy [at]

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