Diane H. Leonard, GPC is an experienced and highly respected grant professional who has provided grant development counsel to nonprofit organizations of varying size and scope for more than a decade. Clients she serves include health care providers, advocacy organizations, social services agencies, elementary and secondary schools, and municipal corporations. She has served previously as a Program Officer for a statewide public foundation.

Diane founded DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services, LLC in 2006 and has secured tens of millions of dollars in competitive grant funds for its clients from the federal government, state and local governments, and private foundations.

She is an in-demand speaker on the topics of grant writing and grants management and regularly provides her expertise to audiences ranging from national conferences to boards of directors for small nonprofit entities. She is a member of the Grant Professionals Association and the American Grant Writer’s Association.

She is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York with a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations.

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Matching Funds Aren’t that Difficult to Find

Nonprofit organizations worry about many aspects of grant funding—and finding adequate matching dollars is usually at the top of the list. With each new grant opportunity that requires matching funds, they worry that they won’t be able to apply because they don’t have any.

Professional Development for Grant Professionals: Formal Learning Versus Hands-on Experience

There are numerous opportunities for career development as a grant professional throughout the year and one’s career in the field. They each offer their own pros and cons including budget and time-related factors. Even the most common career development opportunities offer different learning strategies. It is important that you select the ones that best suit your needs.

Using Social Media to Research and Connect with Grant Funders – Fad or Best Practice?

Eighteen months ago, I would not have believed my 2013 professional development goals would involve increasing the integration of social media into my business. Nor would I have believed that I would be seeking to increase my team and my clients’ understanding of how to connect with current and potential grant funders via social media.…

Grant Management Software: Friend or Foe

I have been serving as a grant writing consultant full-time for more than eight years now, and I still find myself on a holy-grail-like quest to assist the nonprofits that my team and I serve find the right tool for their grant management needs. The field is such a small niche within the fundraising and…

Grant Follies to Avoid

As grant professionals, we work to avoid all errors in grant applications—from math, to grammar, to citations. Nevertheless, we are all human and oversights slip through. Often the mistakes are minor and overlooked by a potential funder. However, there are times when an error can jeopardize a funding award. It has happened to many—if not…

Ethics throughout the Grant Profession: Writing, Implementation, and Reporting

So Much More Than a Percentage Based Compensation Discussion Ethics are defined as “the moral correctness of specified conduct.” In the case of grant professional ethics, a specific code of conduct has been modeled after the pre-existing Association of Fundraising Professionals code of ethics and through the work of the Grant Professionals Association’s (GPA) board…