Katherine F.H. Heart, GPC, M.Ed. founded Heart Resources in 2002 (and incorporated in 2005) as a mission-driven grant specialty company dedicated to providing grant and related technical assistance services for nonprofit organizations working to improve quality of life in Greater Pittsburgh, Allegheny County and Western Pennsylvania.
Katherine came to Pittsburgh, PA from Orlando and Baltimore to attend the University of Pittsburgh on a women's athletic scholarship to play volleyball soon after Title IX. As a senior, she won the Blue-Gold Award and her name was engraved in the Varsity Letter Walk at the Cathedral of Learning. She won the J. Clyde Barton Award and Scholarship, and completed a bachelor of science degree in health, physical and recreation education in 1977. Katherine earned K-12 teacher certification, coached youth sports teams, and taught health/fitness classes for youth and adults. She earned a master of education degree with a faculty approved, self-designed course of studies in "Health Promotion in Organizations" in 1984. She excelled in the Grant Proposal Writing and Fundraising course at the Graduate School of Social Work, which inspired her career entry into the nonprofit sector.
Katherine developed the first occupational health/fitness program in the U.S. to prepare women for heavy manual labor in the steel, manufacturing and skilled trades industries while on the staff of a federally-funded project at the YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh in the early 1980's (featured on ABC's "20/20" TV Program). She developed, marketed and managed health, fitness and recreation programs for women and children as the YWCA's Director of Health Promotion Services. She was Program Coordinator for Worksite Health Promotion at the Health Education Center of Pittsburgh (later to become Highmark Health Place) where she piloted one of the earliest corporate health/fitness programs and completed her master’s thesis on “Low-Cost Options for Planning Comprehensive Small Worksite Health Promotion Programs” in 1984.
Her interest extended to mental health education, and led Katherine to complete a two-year training program and certification in coreSomatics(TM) psychophysical therapy and the 40-hour Pennsylvania Comprehensive Victim Services Certification in 1986. She served for a total of seven years as the Training Coordinator for Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR) and the Center for Victims in Pittsburgh.
As part of her program management responsibilities, Katherine created marketing plans and educational materials. She enjoyed writing articles and books for education and training. While at PAAR, she wrote a 56-page activity book, Kids Go To Court Too! (funded by Crayola Foundation) that prepared children to testify in court about sexual abuse. Her essay and painting titled “Woman Throwing Off Rage” was published in the anthology She Who Was Lost Is Remembered (Seal Press, 1991). Katherine's career shifted into professional writing in 1998 when she was hired as a Technical Writer and Publications Development Manager at GeroServices, a psychology consulting firm. She wrote staff training articles and a manual aimed at improving behavioral treatment of elderly residents at long-term care facilities across Pennsylvania. When the company moved out of town, Katherine turned to freelance grant and technical writing, which enable her to apply writing skills and nonprofit experience to develop numerous new programs, projects and proposals for nonprofit organizations. Her writing experience has included preparation of: all grant related documents, budgets, and reports; Concept Papers; Request for Proposals; and written requests for major gifts from donor-advised funds and other resources. In between grant projects, Katherine has enjoyed authoring articles and a creative non-fiction book, TELLINGS: From Wound to Wellspring (Outskirts Press, 2008).
Grant Professional Certified Credential
Since 2000, Katherine has completed hundreds of hours of continuing education in technical writing, funder research, advanced proposal writing, proposal budgets, and development planning with industry leaders: The Grantsmanship Center Inc. (TGCI); Foundation Center of New York; Dr. Beverly Browning at ed2go; and the Grant Professionals Association (GPA). She is a past member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and American Grant Writer’s Association (AGWA). Katherine joined GPA in 2011 and earned the GPC credential (see sidebar) from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) in 2013.
Grant Training Experience
SInce 2008, Katherine has developed and presented a full array of grant training seminars to hundreds of participants at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center. She's developed and taught grant courses at the Community College of Allegheny County, Local Government Academy, and Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. In 2014, Katherine became the first person to receive designation as a GPA Approved Trainer based upon a review of her grant courses, skills, and references by the Grant Professionals Association National Training Committee (see sidebar). She developed a virtual Train-the-Trainer Program to prepare experienced grant professionals to present her grant seminars. In the beta-test, Katherine delivered Skype sessions to a new trainer who successfully delivered Basic Grant Proposal Writing Workshops to nonprofit professionals in Alaska (see Endorsements).
Katherine has a special interest in mentoring and assisting others to discover the grants profession. She has taught Grant Career and Business seminars since 2008, which led to developing the manuscript and authoring Grantepreneur(TM): Getting Started in a Grant Career and Business published by Red Engine Press in 2016. Katherine offers grant career and business coaching sessions to individuals upon request. In October 2017, Grantepreneur(TM) won 1st Place in Business at The Author's Zone Awards.
Katherine achieved a high success rate in her early years as a freelance grant writer. Her content expertise as a nonprofit health/mental health program manager has enabled her to increase funding for multiple populations and projects in the areas of public health, human services, education and workforce development, and others. Katherine founded Heart Resources, LLC in 2005 with a social impact mission to provide a full array of grant research, writing, consulting and training services that assist nonprofits and government agencies to gain funding to improve capacity and solve challenging community problems. Her grant proposals have also received major support for operations and capital renovations. Katherine has assisted 50+ local, state and national organizations, and helped to earn over $20.5 million grant dollars through proposals and concept papers targeted at corporate, foundation, United Way and government funders. Heart Resources, LLC also employs sub-contractors for "as needed" projects. A portion of her time and net profits are contributed as pro bono services, mentoring, and sponsorships that advance community wellness projects and other high impact activities in collaboration with local stakeholders.
Katherine is a federal grant reviewer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Heart Resources, LLC is a Participating Organization in national initiatives: Healthy People 2020, SAMHSA’s Wellness Campaign and National Recovery Month. As a result of her advocacy work, Katherine has received multiple nominations for the Lilly Award and SAMHSA Voice Award. She was selected to serve as a 2012-13 SAMHSA Voice Awards Fellow. She continues to serve as a volunteer judge for the National Recovery Month Awards and the SAMHSA Voice Awards Program Film and Television Category. Heart Resources, LLC is also a Live Well Allegheny Partner.
Katherine worked with colleagues in Western Pennsylvania to form the GPA-Western PA Chapter in 2012 and served as Founding President. The chapter sponsored intermediate and advanced grant professional development and networking from 2012-2016 before moving activities to the meetup.com platform. Now referred to as the Grants Cafe, the free monthly meetings are open to everyone with an interest in grants regardless of affiliation or ability to pay at http://www.meetup.com/grants-professionals-of-western-pa. Katherine is a proud member of the University of Pittsburgh's Panther Club and Varsity Letter Club. In 2015, the Varsity Letter Club selected her as an Awardee of Distinction, a lifetime honor bestowed on former letter winners who have distinguished themselves in their profession and community.
Katherine has developed her company into an expert grant specialist and technical assistance resource. Innovative awarded grants and wellness projects demonstrate her know-how in using grants as a tool for social change. Her lifetime of dedication and experience in nonprofit program management and training makes Heart Resources, LLC one of the best qualified grant companies to assist organizations in successfully planning and funding high impact initiatives and programs.