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Shavonn Richardson


Shavonn helps nonprofits transform their grant seeking strategy and win grants. As a fresh voice in grant writing, she injects a dynamic blend of funder experience, business savvy, and a family legacy of service into the grant professionals industry. As Founder and CEO of Think and Ink Grant Consulting ™, Shavonn specializes in supporting nonprofits focused on women, children, health, and education. Shavonn and her team have over 50 years of combined experience in grant research, grant writing, nonprofit consulting, grant management, and grant evaluation services. Her clients include universities, health care organizations, and large 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations across the country. Shavonn has helped clients deploy over $25 million in funding. In her prior role as a Corporate Social Responsibility Project Manager at Bank of America, Shavonn helped distribute $1.2 million in funding to Atlanta nonprofits. She has reviewed countless applications forming an up close and personal view of best practices -- and common pitfalls -- that nonprofits make when applying for funding. Shavonn regularly publishes on LinkedIn and is a thought leader in the Forbes Business Council. She engages her followers through her YouTube channel and blog topics like "Why are Logic Models Important?" and "5 Questions Every Funder Will Ask on an Application". She gives back by supporting emerging nonprofits in her Get.Grants.Better.® Facebook Group. Not only does she talk the talk as an industry advisor, Shavonn walks the walk as a nonprofit leader. In 2014, Shavonn and her mother, Valerie Crawford-Schiele, co-founded the nonprofit Blue Flowers Org to empower women and the men in their lives against prostate cancer. In this role, Shavonn established a track record of winning 100% of grants applied for. Shavonn traces her passion for nonprofits back four generations. Her maternal great-grandmother was a leader in the Negro Actors Guild during the Harlem Renaissance. Her paternal great-grandmother served as the first female president of the Marcus Garvey Club.

She holds a BBA from Howard University and an MBA from Emory University. She is a member of the Grant Professionals Association. Shavonn is one of less than 400 grant professionals nationwide to earn the prestigious GPC (Grant Professional Certified) credential.

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