Elizabeth Ellis is a multifaceted fund development professional with over 25 years of public and private grant writing experience. She has attracted millions of dollars in new federal grant funding for social service organizations in the United States. A Canadian citizen, Ms. Ellis currently lives and works in Boston, providing fundraising support for the largest domestic violence organization in Massachusetts.
Ms. Ellis is a highly motivated problem solver with an appetite for innovative approaches to social challenges. Working with county administrators, she created and managed a novel workforce development program called Achieve that exceeded the anticipated objectives of the program and became a Federal Labor Department demonstration project model. In 1993, she founded First Step Alliance, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provided services for victims of domestic violence as they transitioned into their own homes. Under her leadership, First Step grew from a collection of goods stored in her garage into an essential community agency, providing goods and services to 100 families monthly on behalf of 28 member organizations.
As an international program manager and development specialist, Ms. Ellis coordinated many U. S. Department of State-sponsored international projects that focused on the needs of marginalized populations in Ethiopia, Ukraine and Turkey, designing educational training and exchange programs for social service professionals. She also wrote and managed the grants that funded each project.
In June 2006, Ms. Ellis moved to Boston, and has maintained an active freelance grant writing practice. With plans to return to Canada in 2020, Ms. Ellis is available to assist with grant writing projects in the United States and Canada.