Join Us for this Exciting In-Person
Professional Development Event!
There are many elements to successful grant writing, which can be the difference between receiving a grant and not. In this session, we have four experienced panelists who will share best practices and grant writing principles. You will learn the key elements of the grant life cycle, including, determining which grantmakers fit your organization, researching grants, building relationships with funders, and writing a compelling story that sets your organization apart from the others. Discover how your organization’s data can strengthen your grant writing while clearly and concisely describing your program’s impact.
Full participation in Achieving Grant Writing Success is applicable for 1.5 points in Category 1.B -Education of the CFRE International application for initial certification and/or recertification.
Lucille Esposito, GAR Foundation
Brian Reitz, Akron Community Foundation
John Garofalo, Akron Community Foundation
David Holmes, Candid
Lucille is a consulting Educator Initiative Grant Program Manager for GAR Foundation. She is a native of Summit County and began her professional career as an educator, having taught elementary, high school, and at the university level. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Akron, and her master’s degree from Ashland University; her post-graduate work was completed at John Carroll University. She also served on the Academic Distress Commission of the Ohio Department of Education. Lucille served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run Northeast Ohio (GOTRNEO) and volunteers at Ronald McDonald House of Akron, Archbishop Hoban High School, and Kelly’s Grief Center of Portage County. She also serves on many committees in her church and has traveled to El Salvador on a mission trip. She was recently awarded the Hoban Knight Award, from Archbishop Hoban High School. Throughout her tenure as an educator, she also received several awards: Teacher of the Year, Ashland Oil Golden Apple Teacher of the Year, University of Akron Pixley Scholar, and Jennings Foundation Scholar. Lucille was also among 800 educational administrators who traveled to China to meet in Beijing to discuss educational reform.
John Garofalo, CFRE
John has served as the Vice President of Community Investment at Akron Community Foundation since August 2011. He manages the foundation’s grant distribution process and all the affiliate fund grant distributions. John joined Akron Community Foundation after over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, which included various management and development positions. John received his B.S. in community health education from Kent State University and his M. Ed. in community health management and administration, also from Kent State. John also carries the prestigious Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) certification. John currently serves as a board member for Plexus Education Foundation, Arts Now, Leadership Akron, and the Social Services Advisory Board
Dave is Network Engagement Manager for Candid, based at Candid's Midwest office. He conducts national public and contract training virtually and coordinates data services and training for Midwest partners, including community foundations and Funding Information Network members. He returned to the Foundation Center (now Candid) in 2015 from a position as Senior Consultant at Grants Plus, writing grants and doing research for various large and small nonprofit clients. In his initial nine-year tenure with Foundation Center (1995-2014), Dave served in various roles, including Regional Training Specialist, Interim Director of Foundation Center – Cleveland, and Director of Capacity and Leadership Development. Earlier in his career, Dave served as a Program Officer for the Stocker Foundation in Lorain, Ohio, and as the Director of Grants and Prospect Research at Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio. He is a current board member of Upcycle Parts Shop and a former board member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Greater Cleveland Chapter, Joel’s Place for Children, and Joyful Noise Music School. He
holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA from Villanova University, and an MLIS from Kent State University.
Brian has served as Agency Endowment & Engagement Officer at Akron Community Foundation since September 2017. In this role, he works with nonprofit organizations to support strategic capacity building, financial viability, fundraising, and other technical needs while also participating in the grantmaking process of the foundation. He works directly with agencies to create and build endowment funds and legacy gifts. Brian has a strong leadership background in Northeast Ohio's nonprofit sector, including roles as an executive director, director of fundraising, and major gifts officer. He has served on numerous boards in the area and was previously the executive director of Hale Farm & Village and Habitat for Humanity of Portage County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Kent State University.