Interview on Grant Writing with Marti Hess by Sophia Kerr-Davis

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​What first brought you to work with nonprofits?

I started working in the nonprofit field when I graduated from SDSU in Health Science in 1991. My first job out of school was with the California Medical Association’s Tobacco Free California project. I was the Southern CA program manager and when the funding was ending, I started writing grants to replace the funding and was successful.

What do you look for in potential nonprofits you might work with?

A nonprofit needs to be ready to submit grants and there are several aspects of grant readiness. All legal documents need to be in place, a board-approved budget for the year, financial reports, and a good statement for the need for the program (case statement)


What difference do you want to achieve in the nonprofit community and what drives you to continue such charitable work?

My personal mission is to empower others so that they can live their best life, and the nonprofit world provides me the avenue and platform from which to achieve my mission. I feel that good nonprofit work is the heart of the community and can do what government or for-profit business cannot do.


Why did you start your own organization?

A colleague and I had decided that we didn’t want to write grants anymore but wanted to empower others to be able to write them successfully.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone that is fairly new in grant writing?

A piece of advice is to learn the basics and then just jump in and write some proposals.  You’ll never write a perfect grant, and I’m still learning how to write a better one after all these years, but if you don’t try you’ll never learn how to do it.



Sophie KerrDavis lives and attends a local high school in San Diego, California, and is surrounded by friends and family but even more books. She has been apart and in some cases, started literary based groups within her ​​community. She was first a reader, then casually picked up a pencil. The rest is history and has since gone digital. ​