Joanne Oppelt has been improving organizational bottom lines since 1993. Currently Assistant Executive Director of Business Development at Community Access Unlimited, Joanne fosters agency partnerships, develops budgets, increases revenues, controls expenses, and oversees agency marketing and resource development efforts. She raises over $2.5 million a year. She also generates hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual cost reductions through negotiated vendor relationships. In addition, Joanne manages the agency outreach and communications activities and heads up the CAU Community Network.

As Executive Director at Caring Contact: A listening community for five years, Joanne turned the agency around, restructuring agency strategic planning, fundraising, financial and human resource systems. Joanne facilitated the organization’s first-ever strategic plan, doubled overall revenues, developed new service programs, and introduced new revenue streams. As a result, the agency realized an annual 8 percent net operating margin and increased assets tenfold.

At Prevent Child Abuse- New Jersey, Joanne oversaw a $1.2 million US Department of Education grant. She formed a statewide Parental Assistance Advisory Committee and garnered national recognition of the organization as the NJ Parents As Teachers State Coordinating Agency. While at the March of Dimes Central Jersey Chapter, Joanne facilitated the funding allocation process, implemented professional education conferences and increased volunteer participation in the Babies and You Speakers Bureau by 200 percent.

Joanne’s books, all published by CharityChannel Press, include

Joanne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Bethany University in Santa Cruz, CA and a Masters in Health Administration from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

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The Crux of a Compelling Grant Proposal

Grant writing is about meeting community needs. As I explain in my book, Confessions of a Successful Grants Writer, once you have established the need and your method of meeting it, grant writing is about being the best conduit of funds among a variety of choices. It’s about making the perfect match and establishing a…

Fundraising Is Not about the Money

In all my years of asking for funding, the greatest lesson I’ve learned is: it is NOT primarily about the money.

The Grant Writer as Missionary

Grant writing is not so much about raising money as it is about implementing a compelling mission. It is not about getting money for a particular program or your agency. Your program or agency is just the vehicle that will be used to implement the mission, not the end result. Fulfillment of your mission is…

Grantsmanship: What They Don't Tell You (Part 2)

Editor’s Note: Last week in Part 1, we began with the first part of Chapter Two—“What They Don’t Tell You,” from Joanne Oppelt’s book, Confessions of a Successful Grants Writer, published by CharityChannel Press as part of the In the Trenches series. Joanne’s book offers expert advice for new and experienced grant writers as they…

Grantsmanship: What They Don't Tell You (Part 1)

Editor’s Note: This week and next, we will provide our readers with a selected chapter from Joanne Oppelt’s book, Confessions of a Successful Grants Writer, part of the In the Trenches series published by CharityChannel Press. You can read Part 2 here. Joanne offers expert advice for new and experienced grantwriters as they seek to…