Deb Ward, CFRE is the Executive Director of the Rochester Community and Technical College Foundation. She is responsible for managing the activities relating to the analysis, planning, execution, control, and evaluation of the fund raising and selected public relations programs of the foundation.

Deb has over twenty years of experience in the development field in the areas of grantsmanship, individual donor and corporate solicitations, direct mail appeals, special events, and annual funds. In 1999, she received her Master of Arts degree in philanthropy and development from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. She has the Certified Fund Raising Executive.

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Ten New Year's Resolutions for Grantwriters

As one year ends and another begins, I always think it is a good idea to go back and review the basics of grantsmanship and develop some resolutions around them. Through the course of the year, as deadlines pile up and writing reaches a fever pitch at times, it is easy to forget these resolutions.…

Using Interns in the Grants Office

For the past nine months, I have been fortunate to have interns working in my small grants office. These individuals have brought numerous benefits, and a very small number of challenges which I’ll discuss later, to my work as the proposal writer for a large healthcare system. If you have not considered utilizing interns in…

The Impact of Sequestration on the Federal Grants Landscape

News outlets have started reporting on the impact of sequestration. Air traffic controllers being furloughed. Flight delays. Reductions in reimbursements for patient care. Tours of the White House cancelled. Summer air shows being cancelled. But, have you heard about the impact of sequestration on the federal grants landscape? If you are not a current federal…