I have worked in the Kansas City’s non-profit sector as a professional fundraiser for most of my life so I am very familiar with the local philanthropic community. I established Mary Brown Grant Writing in 2001, to focus exclusively on proposal writing and many of my early clients are still with me today. I recently changed the name of my company to MB Grant Writers and have taken on three talented writers who, like me, are interested in using their writing skills to make positive change.
MB Grant Writers is the right fit for organizations in the metro area seeking budgeted grant income of $150,000 to $500,000 per year. We work off-site and provide our own research tools, NP Connect membership, equipment and supplies. We work collaboratively with each not-for-profit to develop an organized and well-reasoned process for raising funds on an annual basis. We seek to strengthen the evaluation and reporting process that can support continued funding. MB Grant Writers will invest passion in its proposals and fight the good fight for your mission.
We currently work in the areas of health, human and social services, education, the arts and autism treatment. We can be most effective for the agencies that choose to work with us on an on-going basis. While we occasionally accept one-time projects, we prefer stable, long-term relationships with our clients. Grant writing is a year-round process that provides a foundation of support for not-for-profits that also raise funds from individuals, special events and earned income. We are qualified and ready to provide suggestions in all areas of your fund development strategy.
Mary Brown has worked for non-profits since getting hooked on public radio at a tender age. She has served as Development Director for two public radio stations and management-level fundraising positions at other social service and arts agencies. In addition to serving clients directly, Mary mentors early career grant writers in developing their talents to make the world/Kansas City a better place.
Mary Bunten has worked in education and nonprofit sectors for twenty-five years, including serving as the executive director of a small arts organization. She has experience with grant writing, program design, and nonprofit administration. She writes fiction, and taught writing at the University of Kansas for twenty years. She earned her BA from the University of Texas at Austin and MFA from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, where she received the C. Glenn Cambor Inprint Fellowship.
Leslie Koffler recently joined Mary Brown Grant Writers after spending over 20 years in the literary industry. A former fiction editor and rights director, Leslie has also worked in the worlds of nonprofit audio publishing, independent bookselling, freelance book reviewing, freelance editing, and a stint teaching ESL. Leslie has an MFA in creative writing from Warren Wilson College. A life-long lover of the arts and champion of the underdog, she is thrilled to be writing on behalf of the many amazing nonprofits in the Greater Kansas City area.
Katie Lindgren began grant writing in 2010 and hasn't stopped since! She has spent the last several years helping social service, healthcare, and education agencies grow annual fundraising initiatives and increase community awareness through grants, fundraising events, direct mailers, newsletters, and press releases. Luckily, she also loves to write, plan, and connect people with resources, which all come in handy managing grant deadlines. Ms. Lindgren finds pure joy when an organization she works with receives a grant award letter, and the feeling is so addictive, she tries to make that happen as often as possible. Katie also has a loving family and two young children who ensure she stops to enjoy a walk with the dog, a competitive game of Candy Land, or a good book any day of the week.
Lauren McGrannahan was born and raised in Kansas City. She has worked almost ten years in financial administration. Lauren jokes that she is an Excel wizard. She loves animals and you can usually find her spending time with her three pets. In her free time, she enjoys photography and reaching out to other members of the disabled community.