Because I believe that opportunity is a human right, I am inspired to work with social change organizations to fulfill your missions abundantly and successfully.
With every project I take a holistic approach tailored to each individual organization based on its nuances and needs.
I have 18 years of successful nonprofit leadership, higher education advancement leadership, and public service with a specialty in elevating grant development and fundraising strategy while driving positive, long term cultural change within organizations.
While at Umpqua Community College (UCC) in Oregon, I raised $25 million in grants for students and capital projects such as the Southern Oregon Wine Institute, the Ford Health and Sciences Center, and Tapoyta Hall. We completed three capital campaigns in my 12 years at UCC as Director of Grants, then Executive Director for Advancement and the UCC Foundation.
I also served as Executive Director of a Boys & Girls Club, Park Ranger for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, and AmeriCorps Volunteer. Most recently, I was the Director for University Advancement at Radford University in southwest Virginia, working closely with the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the College of Health and Human Services.
A Fulbright Scholar and a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum of Oregon, I hold a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Montana, a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Oklahoma State University, and am a Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE).
When I'm not writing grants and developing grant strategies, sometimes I'm speaking at national conferences like AACC's Workforce Development Institute, National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, writing journal articles, and guest speaking for webinars on topics such as how to apply for a Fulbright.
My true loves are my family, traveling, being in nature, learning new things, meditating, reading, writing, music, and crafting.
Susan Taylor, CEO of Black Pearl Philanthropy Solutions LLC