Eva Booker Nevarez St John, founder and President of Creative Consulting Solutions, draws on her diverse background and experiences to assist nonprofits, foundations, municipalities, tribal nations, and other government entities in increasing their revenues and impact in these increasingly challenging times.

Eva has over 30 years experience working with nonprofit organizations as a volunteer, Program Director, Executive Director, founder, board member, and consultant.

She has been an independent consultant since 2004. She has worked with a variety of nonprofits, foundations, municipalities and other governmental entities on board development, business planning, fundraising planning, grant writing, grant reviewing and program evaluation.

Eva has been a grant reviewer for the United States Department of Treasury's Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) and New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) programs since 2007. She has been a grant reviewer for the Department of Health and Human Services' Job Opportunities for Low Income Individuals (JOLI) program. She has reviewed HUD’s Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance program applications. She was a grant reviewer for the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, where she has served on the Adult Community Impact Panel, Venture Investment Fund Panel and the Financial Stability Committee. She served on the Grantmaking Committee of the Chicago Community Trust's Latino Giving Circle.

She is a veteran who served in the United States Army and United States Army Reserves.

Eva has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University National Law Center and she has completed the University of Illinois’ Urban Developers Program.

She has a diverse cultural background. She has extensive experience in the nonprofit and public sectors. She has raised millions of dollars in funding.

Contact Eva at [email protected].

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Writing a Winning Grant Application - Needs Assessment

There are a number of key components required in most grant applications. In today’s competitive funding environment, successful grant applications must thoroughly address all components. The three most critical components are needs assessment, program design, and impacts or outcomes. This article will focus on how successful grant writers present relevant needs assessment statements.