Katherine has 11 years of experience developing and presenting grant training seminars, and 15 years of prior experience as an educator and adult training manager for nonprofit organizations.
She teaches in-person grant workshops primarily in Pittsburgh PA and in Pennsylvania, along with national webinars and virtual presentations (Skype, Zoom, etc.) upon request.
Click on the following links to view her grant training seminars which have been accepted by the Grant Professionals Association (see side bar) to qualify as a GPA Approved Trainer.
"When I stepped into a fellowship position in a public school district, I had no experience in writing grant proposals. 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 a teacher in-service. Many teachers and non-grant writers can be intimidated by grants. Katherine breaks down the steps of proposal writing in a clear and understandable way. Participating in grant training helped lower the barrier for the district to apply for grants. In a few months of working with teachers on their grant requests, we raised $50,000! Katherine served as a mentor and proposal coach for a larger project to install a new synthetic turf field at Sto-Rox Jr./Sr. High School, which received a $250,000 grant from the Pittsburgh Steelers through the National Football League Foundation Grassroots Program." ~ Brian Rhindress, Communities in Schools of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County
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 developing a proposal and Letter of Inquiry, start-up budget templates, grant team work plans, proposal feedback, and other resources. Participants can request electronic tools and follow-up coaching.
Since 2008, Katherine has presented grant training seminars (above) at the Community College of Allegheny County, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Nonprofit Resource Center (a Funding Information Network partner of the Foundation Center of New York), and Local Government Academy. She has been an invited speaker for universities, national associations, and professional conferences serving local, national and international audiences.
Katherine has provided grant presentations or grant training/proposal 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
Love Your Space Cohort sponsored by Green Building Alliance & The Forbes Funds
Pennsylvania Library Association, Southwest Chapter
Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
Steel Rivers Council of Governments
Sto-Rox School District
Student Conservation Association
United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh-Global Studies
University of Pittsburgh-Graduate School of Social Work
University of Pittsburgh: National Network of Libraries of Medicine Mid-Atlantic Region
Volunteers of America in Pennsylvania-Working Order Program
Katherine (Hudgens) Heart earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 and excelled in the Grants and Fundraising Course in the Graduate School of Social Work which turned her interests toward the nonprofit sector. She was a youth sports coach and adult fitness leader during and after college, and served as a training manager at two victim service agencies for seven years. She has given hundreds of presentations during her 40+ year career.
In 2012-13, Katherine was selected for advanced communications training with Vanguard Communications, the national award-winning PR Agency in Washington D.C. as part of a federal fellowship which enhanced her ability to plan and present advocacy campaigns through media outreach and motivational speaking for public health/mental health issues.
Katherine completed Train-the-Trainer programs with the Department of Justice and Fred Pryor Seminars. Her grant professional development includes: the Grants and Fundraising Course in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh; the Grantsmanship Center's 5-Day Grant Training Program in 2000; one-day workshops on advanced proposal writing and budgeting from the Foundation Center of New York; in-person workshops and online courses with author Dr. Beverly Browning; and meetings and conferences on all aspects of grants and fundraising with the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Grant Professionals Association.