“Over a three year period, I gave away half of what I had. To be honest, my hands shook as I signed it away. I knew I was taking myself out of the race to be the richest man in the world."
Ted Turner, American media mogul, largest private landowner in the U.S., and founder of the Turner Foundation

Grants & More


Ellen Gugel, MBA, GPC

Ellen Gugel, Grant Professional Certification (GPC), brings fifteen years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience, specializing in grant proposal development. She has developed successful proposals for dozens of organizations from small, emerging grassroots to large multi-million dollar agencies. Organizations include human and social services agencies; health care institutions; advocacy, environmental, conservation, and animal welfare groups; and educational and cultural institutions. She has helped win hundreds of grant awards.

Ellen served as Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Lutheran Social Services of New England (now Ascentria Care Alliance) from 2010-2014. After consulting with the agency for two years, management recognized the value of grant seeking and hired her full-time to establish a grants program. This multi-service, multi-state $60 million agency dates to 1872.

As Development Coordinator of Tower Hill Botanic Garden (2004-2007), a regional botanic garden, Ellen grew membership and individual donations every year, doubling grant funding in two years, attracting new foundation support, and launching an institution wide technology initiative. She was responsible for membership (serving 5,000 household members), annual appeals, individual giving, major donors, foundation funding, corporate and business support, capital campaigns (raised over $4 million in grants toward a $15 million campaign), special events, and planned giving.

As Executive Director of Orenda Wildlife Land Trust (1998-2003), Ellen reinvigorated this fledgling organization dedicated to preserving habitat for wildlife. During her service, she increased giving more than tenfold and tripled the amount of the average individual gift. She quintupled grant funding in a single year.

Ellen's writing experience includes newsletters, direct-mail appeals, and annual reports as well as grant proposals.

Ellen earned her Masters of Business Administration and a Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management from Boston University in 1997 and her Grant Professional Certification (GPC) in 2010. She is a member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and currently serves as the GPA Region Five Representative (New England and New York).