Katherine has developed the following seminars, which are offered on a rotating basis in the Greater Pittsburgh Area (PA) and elsewhere upon request. Click on the links below to view each seminar description and topics.
- Basic Proposal Writing
- Proposal Writing for Operating Support
- Grants For Technology
- Advanced Proposal Writing Series
- Government Grants
- Grant Career and Business
- Grant Train-The-Trainer
Check our Events for upcoming presentations.
Katherine's instructional design experience includes developing and delivering grant team training and proposal coaching for a large health system and municipal organizations, and she developed a full grants curriculum taught by instructors at the community college level. Her seminars (above) were reviewed by the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) National Training Committee, and in 2014, Katherine was the first grant professional recognized as a GPA Approved Trainer.
Katherine Heart earned a Masters degree in Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984. She has given hundreds of presentations during her 35+ year career and served as a training manager at nonprofit agencies for seven years. She completed train-the-trainer programs with the Department of Justice and Fred Pryor Seminars. Her grant professional development includes the Grantsmanship Center's 5-Day Grant Training Program in 2000, grant seminars with the Foundation Center of New York, courses with Dr. Beverly Browning, and numerous workshops on all aspects of grants and fundraising. In 2013, Katherine was selected for advanced communications training with the national award-winning Washington D.C.-based PR agency, Vanguard Communications as part of a federal fellowship, which gave her tools and mentoring to provide motivational presentations and media outreach that reached hundreds of individuals in a year-long public health campaign.
Since 2008, Katherine's presentations have been sponsored by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center (a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center of New York). She has been an invited speaker at universities and conferences. She provides the Local Government Academy with a one-day Grant Seekers Workshop focused on public/private funding needs of municipalities.
Katherine has provided grant presentations or training/coaching for these organizations:
American Therapeutic Recreation Association
Association of Fundraising Professionals-Western PA Chapter
Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center
Carnegie Mellon University
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh
Community College of Allegheny County
Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery
Coro Center for Civic Leadership
Emerging Philanthropy Conference sponsored by AFP/PPGC
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (Beaver PA, Toledo OH, Fargo ND)
Grant Professionals Association Annual Conference
Grant Professionals Association-Western PA Chapter
Grants Cafe: www.meetup.com/grants-professionals-of-western-pa
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank - Huddle 4 Hunger Conference
Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Monroeville
Local Government Academy
Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
Steel Rivers Council of Governments
Sto-Rox School District
Student Conservation Association
The Forbes Funds & Green Building Alliance (Love Your Space Cohort)
University of Pittsburgh-Global Studies
University of Pittsburgh-Graduate School of Social Work
Volunteers of America in Pennsylvania-Working Order Program
Katherine's presentations assist participants in building practical grant research, proposal and budget development, and report writing skills. She speaks in plain language with "can-do" enthusiasm. Her seminars are regularly updated and responsive to regional and national trends, accessible, and reasonably priced. Takeaways include PowerPoint notes, hands-on practical exercises for proposal development, start-up templates, proposal feedback, and resources. Participants can request electronic tools and follow-up coaching.
“Thank you for presenting Proposal Writing for Operating Support at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center. Thank you for sharing the worksheets that will be helpful in writing proposals. I’m so glad to have attended and hope I am fortunate to participate in your future seminars.” Mike Kelly, Anchor Program, Wheeling, West Virginia
"When I stepped into a fellowship position in a public school district, I had no experience in writing grants. Fortunately, I attended one of Katherine’s grant workshops, where I picked up the nuts and bolts of the trade. She gave me feedback as I crafted a plan and resources for the school district, and then assisted our efforts by presenting an in-service for the entire teaching staff. Many teachers and non-grant writers can be intimidated by grants. In her presentations, Katherine breaks down the steps of proposal writing in a clear and understandable way. Participating in grant training helped to significantly lower the barrier for the district to apply for grants. In the following few months working with teachers on their grant requests, we raised over $50,000!" Brian Rhindress, Site Coordinator, Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh & Allegheny County (Sto-Rox School District)
The topics can also be tailored to specific agencies, associations, conferences, and webinars. Request a presentation by calling the Grants Hotline at (412) 414-2251, or send a message describing the training need on our Contact Page.