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Grants & More


Ellen Gugel, GPC, MBA

Greetings! Thank you for visiting my web site. Welcome!

I am a grant professional with twenty years of nonprofit management and fundraising experience. I specialize in grants research and proposal development. I've 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. I've been privileged to help win hundreds of grant awards for my clients and employers.

A little background:

I 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 me full-time to establish a grants program for the organization. I feel honored to have worked with the best program staff I can ever imagine. They taught me so much. 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, I grew membership and individual donations every year, doubled grant funding in two years, attracted new foundation support, and launched an institution-wide technology planning initiative. I 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) on Cape Cod, I reinvigorated this fledgling organization dedicated to preserving habitat for wildlife. I am proud to have increased giving more than tenfold and triple the amount of the average individual gift. I quintupled grant funding in a single year.

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

I earned my Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Management (now the Social Impact MBA) from Boston University in 1997.

I am active in the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) as a member since 2009 and currently serve as the GPA Region 5 Representative (New England and New York). This means I get to travel around and meet other grant professionals and get paid for it. (Like my trip to San Diego last fall!)

In 2010, I earned my Grant Professional Certification (GPC). "What's that?" you may ask. You know how accountants can get to be a CPA or a fundraiser can be a CFRE? It's like that.

I thank Sister Lucetta, my eighth grade English teacher at St. Margaret Mary's School in Rochester NY for teaching me how to write correctly (diagramming sentences, anyone?). I credit my first career in computer science for the process needed to organize a grant proposal logically.