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Millions Raised through the Power of the Team

When Robin started Hertlein Grant Writing in 2004, she was the lone grant writer in the firm.  Now, close to 20 years later, a strong team of 4 grant writers support each other in a team format.  Grant applications drafted by grant writers are always reviewed by Robin, ensuring that at least two professionals have input into applications.  This approach has led to success over the years, with more than $65 million raised for clients in Washington State and around the country.

The team approach is especially strong in the sub-contract work that Robin does for McAllister & Quinn, a federal grant consulting and government relations firm located in Washington, DC.  Robin has worked for McAllister & Quinn for more than 10 years, and always in a strong team format.  There are at least five members of any M&Q grant team – the applicant (usually a university or large regional nonprofit), the M&Q team leader, a contract grant writer, contract grant reviewer, and contract editor.  Robin has provided the grant writer or grant reviewer expertise for more than 75 federal grants under McAllister & Quinn contracts.  The latest win that Robin assisted with, one of the largest, was $4.2 million in federal funding over three years for the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County.  McAllister & Quinn has helped secure over $1 billion in funding for their clients through competitive grants.

Measuring Productivity

We often get asked about our “grant success rate,” which is a hard question to answer. A recent article in a fundraising publication explained some of the reasons:

While many nonprofits are interested in past grant writer success rates as a measure of potential future performance, this metric provides little in the way of proof of a grant writer’s work product, skill as a grant writer, or likelihood of writing successful grant proposals. Grant writer success rates depend on a myriad of other factors, including organizational grant readiness, quality and timeliness of the documents requested by the grant writer, and a host of other factors, some of which have little to do with the grant writer’s skill.

One statistic that Hertlein Grant Writing does have available is the productivity of our work for our clients. We currently measure two data points:

Productivity: On average, for every one hour spent it grant writing, our clients receive $2,246 in grant funds.

Return on Investment: For every $1.00 clients spend with Hertlein Grant Writing, they receive on average $34.42 back in revenue.

2021 Annual Report

Last year, Hertlein Grant Writing raised close to $3.5 million for 43 agencies.  We brought in a few more grants than the year before, and have exceeded $3 million per year for 7 years in a row now.  We haven’t finished analyzing 2021 financials, but in 2020 we found that for every hour billed, our clients received $1,676; the 5-year average was even higher, at $2,569.

New clients that joined us this year include:

  • Aloha Council, Boy Scouts of America (Honolulu, HI)
  • Colorado Christian University (Lakewood, CO)
  • Empower Next Generations (Bellingham)
  • Helping Hands Project Organization (Everett)
  • Marysville Food Bank (Marysville)
  • Millennia Ministries (Everett)
  • North Snohomish County Outreach (Arlington)
  • Special Olympics Washington (Seattle)
  • State University of New York: SUNY Oswego (Oswego, NY)
  • Joseph’s University (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Vine Maple Place (Maple Valley)
  • Washington CASA Association (Sammamish)

In 2021, 43 agencies won awards; through 240 successful grants; for a total of $3,467,609.

International Grant Conference Comes to Seattle

Hertlein Grant Writing has been a member of the international Grant Professionals Association since 2007, and all staff have attended their annual conferences. Robin attended in Portland, OR; Long Beach, CA; and Washington DC.  Josh attended in San Diego, CA and Portland, OR.  Amanda attended in Washington DC.  Michael even traveled from his home base in Turkey to attend in Washington DC.

In 2021, the GPA Conference is coming to Seattle. In this age of virtual meetings more than 1,000 grant professionals will be attending either in person or virtually.  80 workshops and sessions will be presented over the 4-day conference.  Robin and Josh will both be taking advantage of the ability to attend this prestigious conference in our local community.

Federal Grant Experience

Prospective clients will often ask if we have experience with federal grants.  Although 80 – 90% of our work is done with private foundations, Hertlein Grant Writing does have experience with grants from every level of government – city, county, state, and federal.  Some of the successful federal grants we have worked on:

  • Health Resources and Services (HRSA): Health Center Networks
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services: Library Leadership
  • National Endowment for the Arts: Challenge America
  • National Park Service: Tribal Historic Prevention
  • National Science Foundation: Scholarships in STEM
  • US Dept. of Agriculture: Telemedicine
  • US Dept. of Education: Indian Education
  • US Dept. of Health & Human Services: Head Start
  • US Dept. of Health & Human Services: Native American Social & Economic Development
  • US Dept. of Health & Human Services: Substance Abuse & Mental Health (SAMHSA)
  • US Dept. of Health & Human Services: Tribal Home Visiting
  • US Dept. of Justice: Campus Safety
  • US Dept. of Justice: Office of Violence Against Women