Grant writing is the primary focus of our business. However, winning grant awards involves so much more than just writing. Our experienced consulting team takes a comprehensive approach to building, maintaining and diversifying revenue through grants. We assess and evaluate grant readiness, identify qualified grant prospects, cultivate relationships and write award-winning proposals. We work with a wide range of non-profit organizations providing high quality grant consulting and development services that facilitate financial growth and support long-term sustainability. Quite simply, we help our clients maximize their fundraising potential to achieve their mission.
Leah Nosek, MSW, GPC has been working in the non-profit sector for nearly two decades. She holds a master’s degree in Social Work and Public Policy from New York University. As Principal Consultant at Pen to Paper Grant Consulting, Leah leads a small team of experienced grant professionals working to build and maintain sustainable revenue through private, corporate and government grants. Leah’s expertise lies with corporate and foundation grant support, with extensive experience writing for program support, operating funds and capacity building grants, as well as bricks and mortar capital projects for a wide variety of clients in the health, human service and education sectors.
Leah has been a member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) since 2013 and served as President of the Orange County GPA Chapter (2013-2016). The GPA builds and supports an international community of grant professionals committed to serving the greater public good by practicing the highest ethical and professional standards. Leah also holds the Grant Professional Certification (GPC) credential through the Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI). This credential recognizes proficiency in standards that include tenure in the profession, education, demonstrated achievement and a commitment to service for public and private philanthropy. Leah is also recognized within the grant professional field as a regular presenter at local, regional and national GPA conferences and meetings. Recent presentations include: Communication Strategies for Grant Success, Finding Donors—A Journey to Unite Donors With Your Cause, and Grant Proposal Budget Design.
Stephanie Yeun has been working in the non-profit sector for the past seven years. She has a wide-range of non-profit experience and has assumed a variety of roles, from daily operations, to project management, to fundraising and development. Most recently, Stephanie was working as a Development Manager, overseeing, managing and building up the organization’s grants portfolio. As a Grant Consultant of Pen to Paper Grant Consulting, Stephanie works closely with the Principal Consultant to identify, cultivate, sustain and steward new and existing private and corporate foundation funders for their clients. Stephanie is a current member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and is in the process of earning her Grant Professional Certification credential through the Grant Professional Certification Institute (GPCI). A graduate of UCLA, she holds a double major in Political Science and International Development Studies.
Aly Hudspeth has more than 20 years experience in the non-profit sector working in the fields of Higher Education, Healthcare and Social Services with a focus on Children and Family Charities. She has a wide-range of experience including day-to-day operations, donor and board relations, and fundraising and development. Aly has successfully created and launched effective marketing/direct mail campaigns and created and managed a wide variety of special events including fundraising walks and galas. She is also well versed in grant prospect research and grant proposal development. As a Grant Specialist/Database Manager at Pen to Paper Grant Consulting Aly works directly with the Firm’s Grant Consultant and Principal Consultant in coordinating grant submissions, tracking grant awards and reporting requirements. She also updates, maintains and enters grant projects into the Pen to Paper Grant Consulting project management system; and produces customized grant solicitation reports for Pen to Paper Grant Consulting clients as well as reports for internal use.
Annette Stahelin has worked as a nonprofit fundraising and communications professional for more than 14 years. She has extensive experience directing and executing fundraising campaigns including annual grant programs, major gifts, planned giving, events, and annual funds. She uses her experience in writing for a variety of audiences and subject areas and her passion for donor cultivation to make compelling cases for support. She possesses the rare quality of loving budget design and the use of metrics to help understand and demonstrate the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits. As a Grant Writer for Pen to Paper Grant Consulting, Annette works closely with the Principal Consultant to craft high-quality, effective proposals to win private and corporate foundation support for P2P clients. Annette is a current member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and holds certificates in grant writing and management.
Gina Gillum has been working in the non-profit sector for the past 14 years. Her career in the non-profit sector began as a grantmaker in the fields of education, health and wellness, and arts and culture. Gina was instrumental in the founding of a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to early childhood development and eventually transitioned to fundraising where she worked in a variety of areas including event planning, database management, donor relationships, and most recently in building and maintaining a grants portfolio. As a Grant Writer for Pen to Paper Grant Consulting, Gina works closely with the Senior Grants Manager and Principal Consultant to strategize and compose effective grant proposals and reports, building long-term sustainable support for our clients from existing and new foundation and corporate funders. She utilizes her experience from both sides of the fundraising process to inform her grant writing and prospect cultivation strategies. Gina is a current member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and holds certificates in grant writing and project management. She has a bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Business from the University of Southern California and a Certificate of Achievement in Early Childhood Education from El Camino College.
Colleen Andrews entered the nonprofit sector after earning her M.A. at the Rhode Island School of Design. She has extensive experience securing sustainable funding, crafting education and arts grants and reports, and building relationships with key funders. Prior to joining team P2P in March of 2021, Colleen worked at Angels Gate Cultural Center (San Pedro, CA) and served as a freelance grant writer for various nonprofit organizations across California writing, editing, and proofreading foundation, and government grants for a wide range of youth programs.
Mara Cunningham joined team P2P in early Spring 2022 as a prospect researcher and grant writer. She has several years’ experience in the nonprofit sector working in advocacy and social services and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Public Policy focused on Inequity and Social Policy from the University of California San Diego.
Bryce Jones serves as the Chief Financial Officer for Pen to Paper Grant Consulting. He worked in the private sector as an independent contractor for nearly two decades. He has extensive experience in project management, team building, small business growth and sustainability, and financial management. He started by mowing lawns and washing cars at the age of 8 and then co-operated a telemarketing company at the age of 14. Bryce has always had an entrepreneurial drive backed by tenacity and grit. Some say the best way to learn is to learn from your mistakes. If this is true, then Bryce holds a doctorate degree from the school of hard knocks. Aside from being dedicated to the success of Pen to Paper Grant Consulting and its clients, Bryce is a committed family man to his wife, their two adopted children and two rescue dogs.