Katherine offers in-person and virtual grant career and business training workshops and coaching sessions for early career and seasoned grant professionals including GPA Chapters. Use the Contact form to request more information for individual or group sessions on the topics and resources described in Katherine’s award-winning book,  Grantepreneur(TM): Getting Started in a Grant Career and Business (Red Engine Press, 2016).  

Building a Successful Grant Career and Business

Description: Do you care about a special cause and want to be involved in improving your community? Are you looking for meaningful employment in the nonprofit sector? Are you a grant, fundraising or nonprofit professional who is seeking advancement or self-employment options with flexibility, independence and financial opportunity?

Grant professionals may be employed in grant positions at many types of organizations, or work as independent contractors and business owners. We offer grant research, writing, planning, management, evaluation and related services that lead to funding for vital programs and projects performed by nonprofits, universities, municipalities, and other organizations for the benefit of the public and local communities. 

No prior knowledge is necessary to understand the book and presentations which provide current information about the opportunities, requirements and rewards, the learning curve, and strategies for starting and advancing in this career path and business.


  • Working in the "World of Grants"

  • Finding Your Cause

  • Making Meaning & Money - Becoming Successful in the Grant Profession

  • The Grant Career Action Plan - 10 Steps to Getting Hired and Re-Hired

  • Grant Job vs Gig

  • Starting a Grant Business

  • Grantepreneur Strategies

Many webinars and workshops are available on how to start and manage a grant consulting business. While learning a great deal from her predecessors, Katherine's approach differs from a high-priced profit-driven business model. She has developed a sustainable community and mission-driven grant business. Her book and presentations offer entrepreneurial skill-building for grant professionals (at all levels of experience and type of position) that can be put into practice to make an impact and benefit our communities, causes, and career/business. Katherine's "grantepreneur" approach has enabled her to bootstrap and sustain a successful grant business contributing to quality of life in Western PA communities for 17 years. 

Katherine has been a training manager and presenter for most of her 40+ year career and a grant trainer for 11 years. She developed and presented a Grant Career Course and Grants Curriculum for Community College of Allegheny County from 2009-2011, and Grant Career and Business Workshops for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center, the Grant Professionals Association Annual Conference, and GPA Chapters. She has provided career-oriented presentations for universities, AmeriCorps and Coro Fellows. She offers agency-based, conference, and webinar presentations of 1-2 hours, and advanced seminars up to three full-days in length. She presents on basic and advanced grant topics, and more specific areas such as grant report writing, grants for operating support and government grants. She was the Founding President and frequent presenter for the GPA-Western PA Chapter and is currently a Co-Organizer of the Grants Cafe

“Katherine was an invaluable resource in helping me to get started as a freelance consultant for small nonprofits. As a fairly seasoned fundraiser, yet new to the consulting arena, I had very specific questions in launching my business. Katherine offered advice on areas I had not even considered and gave me tangible step-by-step homework to get started. My career and business has taken me to my dream job. Katherine has a wealth of information for those new and seasoned in this field. I highly recommend engaging Katherine as your grant career and business coach."    

Jeanette Lahm, Executive Director at Laurelville, A Retreat Center in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania

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