I am a freelance consultant since June 2013. I write grant applications in French and English for tech start-ups based in France and UK including up-and-coming industry leaders. I have experience writing for: - France: Bpifrance, Ministère de la recherche, Coface - UK: Innovate UK - Europe: Horizon 2020 As a former research scientist with a PhD in Chemistry and experience in research labs in Germany, France and Japan, I understand/can write to a very high level of technicality on chemistry, physics, mathematics and informatics.
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Transforming words and visions into reality is my motto. Writing invites ideas, histories, connections, creations, dreams, and aspirations to come to life. In a variety of ways, personal and professional stories move forward into our world: memoirs, biographies, fiction, nonfiction, family stories, articles, blogs, even grant writing. I bring 21 years of professional expertise to this sacred process of writing as a published author, independent scholar, and executive manager in the nonprofit arena. I provide editing, research, freelance and ghost writing, public speaking (e.g., workshops, sermons, and lectures), grant writing, grant reviewing, project management, and nonprofit consulting. My passion, skill, and experience in these many aspects of writing place me in a unique position to assist individual and organizational clients. My specialty areas include writing from a historical perspective, research, copy editing, grant writing, and project management. In September 2007, I founded Writing the World, LLC. This woman-owned small business is a registered Limited Liability Corporation in Colorado, U.S.A. I revamped my organizational website (www.writingtheworld.com) and started a blog on Hope from History in November 2013. Beginning with one editing client, I have worked with an additional twelve individuals and groups. I have been researcher and editor for author Rudolf C. Gelsey for almost seven years, beginning with his second book and now his third one, Mending Our Broken World: a Path to Perpetual Peace (4th edition, 2014). I also consult with his new nonprofit group, Perpetual Peace Initiative. I edit individual, one-time projects such as an independent scholar’s journal article (2014), doctoral student’s dissertation (2012), author’s first political intrigue novel (2009-10), among others. I provide copy editing plus substantive review. My primary passion has been writing since I first learned the alphabet. Throughout my schooling and career, I have called upon this skill. For example, in the early part of my professional life as a social worker, I wrote newsletter articles for the organization. I continued this journalistic strand in almost every other organization. Graduate work further strengthened my writing (M.S. in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Nebraska at Omaha; Ph.D. in Religion and Social Change from University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology Joint Ph.D. Program) along with honing my critical thinking and research capabilities. With this foundation, I became a published author in 2003. I publish book reviews in a variety of periodicals: The International Journal on World Peace, Nebraska History, Peace & Change, and The History Teacher. I produced numerous encyclopedia articles for BlackPast.Org along with others in forthcoming works, University of Kentucky African American Encyclopedia and Encyclopedia of American Historic Sites and Landmarks. Two chapters in anthologies discuss the lives and labor of former betabeleros (Mexican-origin beet field workers) in the sugar industry of Western Nebraska. My first full length book brings to life the spiritual journey of L. Maria Child (1802-1880), one of the most well-known activists and authors of 19th-century America (forthcoming from Swedenborg Foundation). Starting in the nonprofit world in 1993, I put my writing and communication skills to work as a successful grant writer and project manager. At New Foundations Nonviolence Center (1993-2005), I rose from Development Director to Executive Director. I remained in the latter capacity at Colorado Women’s Agenda (2005-6) where I developed three new programs: Inclusiveness Initiative, Grassroots Organizing, and Internship Program. I provided grant writing and editorial skills to Greater Denver Interfaith Alliance (2007-10). With Votaw Colony Museum, Inc., I co-coordinated our two-day public history events held in different locations in eastern Kansas (2006-11). I especially enjoyed my project management work at BlackPast.Org (2008-13) where I coordinated photo permissions for the group’s online reference center and developed a new section on African American and African Diaspora Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) history. Currently, I help New Community move forward in their organizational growth from an all-volunteer organization to one with paid staff and adequate funding. I created their website as one part of this growth (www.thenewcommunity.us).
I assist nonprofits in developing long-term grant programs to support their mission. I also assist with creative writing projects, copy writing, website and blog editing, and other editing and transcription projects. I have a track record of successful grants and samples of my writing available for review.
I have written over sixty grants and raised $80,500 for nonprofit organizations. In addition, I have researched and created grant plans for six different nonprofits, mostly in the fields of education and human services. Grant research for Pennsylvania nonprofits is my specialty. I also have access to several local and national databases of foundations. In addition to my grant writing work, I also have twelve publications with the online magazine "Hidden City Philadelphia." For links to my publications, please visit my LinkedIn page: www.linkedin.com/in/johnvidumsky/ You can also follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JohnVidumsky
Madeleine Stokes has always been socially and politically-minded and has sought to integrate these elements into her academic and professional work. Ms. Stokes has returned to the States after three years in the Middle East working in the NGO sphere, gaining expertise in conflict settings, democracy-building and local governance, and policy-making. She has extensive experience in grant development and writing, including activity planning and budget development. She also has expertise in strategic planning, messaging and marketing, and developing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) systems. With her strong writing, analytical and communication skills, combined with her unique world view and demonstrated ability to form dimensional human synergies across continents, cultures, religions and political ideologies, she seeks to help others with social initiatives to get their messages across and help those that need it most. On her continued quest to broaden her perspective, she is seeking interesting opportunities to help non-profits and small organizations to develop creative approaches and acquire funding in order to make change happen.
I have worked as Grant and Fundraising Manager for the one of the largest civil society organizations in Azerbaijan where I was responsible for development of project proposals in the field of democratization, human rights, freedom of expression, political participation and elections to be submitted to international donors. I supported the development of number projects submitted to the US National Democracy Institute, the National Endowment for Democracy Foundation, the European Commission, the German Marshall Fund, the OSCE, the IREX, along with governments of the UK, US, Norway, Canada and Germany. Overall, the organization succeeded to secure more than 600,000 USD of funding thanks to project proposals resulting from our cooperation. Furthermore, I have in-depth knowledge and extensive experience working with logical framework methodology along with other tools for policy and project development and evaluation. In addition, I am very well familiar with evaluation of project proposals and budgets, along with process of communication with applicants and donors, professional experience gained during my work at the Peace Corps. Therefore, I have extensive experience working with international grant programs, including those of the USAID and the European Commission. I also possess more than 2 years of experience in designing, editing and translating of reports, press-releases, statements and correspondents. I am also very well familiar with managing websites and other multimedia products. My position at the domestic NGO involved supervising the design and translation of monthly project reports was part of job responsibilities. I was also editor in-chief of monthly e-bulletin "Azeri Watchdog" which aimed at increasing awareness among European policy makers and civil society on situation of political freedoms in Azerbaijan. I am also comfortable working with quantitative data and undertaking statistical analysis on election monitoring, impact assessment of the projects or any other evaluation process. I have capacity to work with statistical software such as STATA and R in addition to my extensive computer skills. Due to my education in the U.S. within the exchange program UGRAD funded by the U.S. State Department, as well as masters studies in the Netherlands and Spain with the very competitive Mundus MAPP program funded by the European Commission, I possess extensive English language skills. Moreover, my master studies provide me with academic knowledge in the field of development, democratization, policy analysis, public management and international institutions.
I am a writing teacher and mentor tutor at a local university with experience in writing for both pleasure and profit. As a grant writer, I obtained more than $100,000 for a small, nonprofit school in my area. As an educator and tutor, I am constantly editing, revising, and helping others rethink their work and organization. As a writer, I keep up a blog and maintain my own personal writing for pleasure. I do all of these with enthusiasm, passion, and a drive to succeed, not only for myself, but for others as well. I hold a Bachelor's degree in English, and have been a voracious reader and writer since I was five years old, so I have been writing and editing papers for various reasons for over 25 years. I also hold a Master's degree in Higher Education. With this, I had to write a thesis, as well as a Capstone, and all of my assignments were papers of one form or another. Writing is what I do. I have also worked in customer service, as a receptionist, and as a desk clerk. I wrote small articles for a local paper before they closed, and I was on the newspaper and journal staff for both my high school and college news publications. I am a MIcrosoft Office expert, I have excellent 10-key skills, and I am dedicated to my work on all levels. I love writing, researching, and learning. I am punctual, have respect for deadlines, and will do everything possible to ensure I will produce quality work that goes above and beyond. My work ethic is both solid and proven, and I hope to continue to prove it for companies here at ODesk.
I am a copywriter, social media strategist, and blogger. Everything I do is rooted in the fundamentals of clear, persuasive language, and my belief in its potential to communicate, connect, and inspire. I have extensive experience working with advertising agencies, nonprofits, and start-ups, crafting digital campaigns and managing outreach efforts. I'm currently finishing my MFA in Creative Writing at Rutgers University, and hold a BS from Northwestern. I blog for The Rumpus, host readings and literary events in Brooklyn and Newark, and teach through Rutgers. I also specialize in admissions essays, and have helped my students get into dozens of top-choice colleges and boarding schools.
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