Bruce Ripley is the Development Director for Transitions, Inc., a freelance writer, and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Kentucky.

His writing and editing has raised almost $9 million for substance abuse treatment programs and supportive housing for the homeless. Bruce's grant writing experience includes successful proposals to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Kentucky Department of Corrections, The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, the Scripps Howard Foundation, and many other funding sources.

Bruce's portfolio also includes book reviews published in Counselor: The Magazine for Addiction Professionals, an article about grant writing published in Copy Protege, 3 successful award nominations, and direct mail fundraising letters.

A native of upstate New York and Indiana, Bruce was previously a substance abuse counselor and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He lives in Loveland, OH with his wife and two children.

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Grantwriting for the Homeless; Going Beyond HUD

If you raise funds for organizations serving the homeless, you probably know that U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant opportunities have become more competitive and stringent.  Many HUD-funded projects have received no funding increases in years and certain types of projects (social services-only projects, for example) have tumbled down HUD’s list of…

Writing for Substance Abuse Treatment Programs

Are you a freelance grant consultant? Or a grant writer who changes jobs periodically? Then you could be writing grant proposals on behalf of substance abuse treatment programs at some point in your career. Any experience writing for other kinds of nonprofits will serve you well when raising funds for treatment programs. Even so, you may want to…

Does Your Proposal Pass The 'Who Cares' Test?

“Well, this is a good start,” the executive director said when he handed me the draft of my grant proposal. “You’ve dotted all the I’s, crossed the T’s....” After a pause, he continued, “But this doesn’t pass the ‘who cares’ test. You need to grab them so our application stands out from the rest of…