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 was passed. As a senior, she won the Blue-Gold Award and her name was engraved in the Varsity Letter Walk near the Cathedral of Learning. She completed a bachelor of science degree in education in 1977 and won the J. Clyde Barton Award and Scholarship for graduate school. 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 in the Graduate School of Social Work, which inspired her career entry into the nonprofit sector.
Katherine’s program development and management experience at nonprofit organizations spans 15 years. She 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 staff 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 and 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 advocacy. Katherine completed 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 educational articles and books for adults and children. 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 writing, which enabled her to apply writing skills and program 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 the University of Pittsburgh, and industry leaders: The Grantsmanship Center Inc. (TGCI); Foundation Center of New York; Dr. Beverly Browning at ed2go; and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and Grant Professionals Association (GPA). She is a past member of the 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 utilized her education and training expertise to develop and present a full curriculum of grant training seminars at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center and Community College of Allegheny County. She has presented for Local Government Academy, the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University, and many others. 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-Grant Trainer Program to prepare experienced grant professionals to lead grant workshops. In the beta-test, Katherine delivered Skype sessions to a new trainer who successfully delivered Basic Grant Proposal Writing Workshops to nonprofits 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. Grantepreneur(TM) won 1st Place in the Business Books Category at The Author's Zone Awards in 2017.
Katherine has achieved success as a grant consultant due to her passion for writing and special causes in her community. 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 mission to offer 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 obtained major support for programs, operations, capital projects, and research. Katherine has assisted 50+ local, state and national organizations, and helped to earn over $22 million grant dollars from corporate, foundation, United Way, and government funders. A portion of her time and net profits are contributed as pro bono services, mentoring, and sponsorships that advance wellness projects and other high impact activities in collaboration with local communities.
Katherine is a federal grant reviewer for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Heart Resources, LLC has been a Participating Organization in local and national initiatives including LiveWell Allegheny, 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 in a one-year paid SAMHSA Voice Awards Fellowship Program. She continues to serve as an annual volunteer first round judge for the National Recovery Month Awards and the SAMHSA Voice Awards Program Film and Television Category.
Katherine worked with colleagues in Western Pennsylvania to form the GPA-Western PA Chapter in 2012 and was 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 group has grown to over 300 members. 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 Heart Resources, LLC into an expert grant specialty practice and registered professional fundraising counsel. Innovative awarded grants and projects along with national credentialing demonstrates Katherine’s competency and track record in using grants as a tool for change. Her lifetime of dedicated experience in program/project planning, development, and training makes Heart Resources, LLC one of the best qualified grant contractors to assist organizations in successfully funding high impact initiatives.