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Urban Peace Movement (UPM) / Silence The Violence


Oasis For Girls / Clarion Alley Mural Project




Rene Yung / Chinese Whispers




The Luggage Store




Roxie Theater




Susan Greene / Breaking The Silence


Gubbio Project



Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum



Creative Growth




Urban Peace Movement


Clarion Alley Mural Project



South of Market Community Action Network



Oakland Leaf



TILT



YouthSpace


Urban Peace Movement / Silence The Violence



Oasis For Girls painting mural on Clarion Alley



Luggage Store Gallery


Roxie Theater






The Gubbio Project


Megan Wilson has worked in non-profit development, planning, management, and visibility for over 15 years, ranging from in-depth strategic planning and organizational development to grant writing and research. In addition, she has extensive experience with program development, community organizing, and social and economic justice activism. The size of the organizations she has worked with has ranged from $50,000/yr budget to 6M/yr budget. Organizations she has worked with include: the Gubbio Project, Art Forces/Susan Greene, Chinese Whispers/Rene Yung, Clarion Alley Mural Project, the Roxie Theater, Urban Peace Movement, The Luggage Store/509 Cultural Center, Portola and Excelsior Family Connections, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Oasis For Girls, Oakland Leaf, Creative Growth, SOMCAN (South of Market Community Action Network), Young Women United for Oakland, Global Footprint Network, Youthspace, APIAHF (Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum), TILT (Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools), Southern Exposure, and NCCJ (the National Conference for Community and Justice, formerly the National Conference of Christians and Jews).

This work has also influenced her art-making practice as a cultural critic. In addition, often the organizations and/or people that she works with become involved in her projects by offering valuable information, feedback, and or volunteering to assist with the work.

 

Gubbio Project
Development and Planning Consultant/Grant Writer (2014-Present)
San Francisco, CA

• Research grants and write proposals to support organization that provides free services to the homeless men and women in San Francisco’s Tenderloin and Mission neighborhoods, including a safe space to sleep, meditate, or pray 6am – 3pm, a warm welcome and a listening ear, drug-free restrooms, referral(s) or support on where to turn for help, haircuts, massage, HIV testing, hats/gloves/socks, blankets, hygiene kits, chaplaincy, and breakfasts on Fridays (4-5 days/week in summer).
• Led organization’s 3-year strategic planning process and produced 3-Year Strategic Plan: 2015 – 2017 with benchmarks and action steps.
• Work with Director on long-term strategic planning for development and financial stability.
• Provide consultation on individual giving campaigns and special events.

Rene Yung / Chinese Whispers

Grant Writer/Development Consultant (2012 - present)
San Francisco, CA

• Research grants and write proposals to support artist Rene Yung's community-based storytelling project about contemporary folk memories of the Chinese who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad and settlements of the American West.San Francisco's oldest (1906) and continuously running theater.
• Worked with Yung to write Creative Work Fund proposal that was funded in 2013.
• Provide consultation on revenue strategies and individual giving campaigns.

Clarion Alley Mural Project
Co-director (2001 – 2005), Core Organizer (1998 - present)

San Francisco, CA
•  Designed and produced organization's first Website with technical support from Web developer Ari Salomon in 2016.
•  Create and implement organizational procedures, and operations for volunteer-run public art organization.
•  Create the organization's budget projections annually and monitored organizational spending.
•  Develop and implement mural projects in conjunction with a curatorial committee/organizers.
•  Developed, co-organized, and raised funds for the international mural exchange and residency project, Sama-sama/Together through which 6 artists from San Francisco spent 5 weeks in Yogyakarta, Indonesia creating public works; and 4 artists from Indonesia spent 6 weeks in San Francisco creating public works.
•  Developed and designed Sama-sama/Together Website in conjunction with Web designer David Lawrence.
•  Co-edited and published the full-color, 168 page catalogue Sama-sama/Together.
•  Executed program evaluations, wrote program reports, and documented statistical information.
•  Secure funding for innovative projects for CAMP with city, corporate, and private funders.
•  Represent CAMP at outreach events, conferences, and foundations.

Family Connections
Grant Writer/Development and Planning Consultant (2005-2015)
San Francisco, CA
Wrote proposal to secure $350,000 to support the purchase of a 6,500 sq. ft. single occupancy building that will provide Excelsior Family Connections (EFC) a permanent presence in the Excelsior neighborhood.
• Research grants and write proposals to support neighborhood-based family resource centers in Portola and Excelsior neighborhoods.
• Responsible for writing government, foundation, and corporate proposals to help secure $1M annually in grant giving.
• Wrote 2007 proposal that granted Family Connections with the highly competitive Anchor Institution Initiative award from the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). Out of 34 organizations that applied, only 5 were selected to receive DCYF’s support of $200,000 annually for three years.
• Developed, conducted, and produced: 1) a 3-Year Plan for the Portola neighborhood to address community concerns, 2) a community needs assessment, and 3) an infrastructure & internal organizational assessment as part of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families' (DCYF) Anchor Institution Initiative.
• Oversaw the development and production of the organization’s Website redesign.
• Worked with Executive Director on long-term strategic planning for development and financial stability.

Susan Greene / Break The Silence Media & Art Project
Grant Writer/Development Consultant (2013 - 2014)
San Francisco, CA

• Research grants and write proposals to support artist Susan Greene and her project Break The Silence Media & Art Project that works in the intersection of trauma, memory, creativity, resilience and resistance, making visible the connections between struggles for social justice globally and histories that have been obliterated or forgotten.
• Provide consultation on revenue strategies, individual giving campaigns and membership.

SOMCAN (South of Market Community Action Network)
Grant Writer/Development Consultant (2002-2006, 2013)

San Francisco, CA
• Research grants and write proposals to support community organizing and networking.
• Work with Director and Board on long-term strategic planning for development and financial stability.
• Responsible for writing all government, foundation, and corporate proposals to secure $300,500 annually in grant giving from 2002 - 2006.
• Produced 3-year strategic business plan in 2004.
• Worked with Director to develop annual organization and program budgets and cash flow.
• Worked with staff to develop annual visibility plans and produce public relation materials.
• Developed and designed organization’s Website with Web designer David Lawrence in 2005.
• Assisted staff in program development.


Roxie Theater

Grant Writer/Development Consultant (2011-2013)
San Francisco, CA
• Researched grants and wrote proposals to support San Francisco's oldest (1909) and continuously running theater, including the Roxie's first Grants for the Arts awards in 2012 and 2013.
• Led organization's first organizational audit and 3-year strategic planning process with the Exucutive Director in 2012/13.
• Provided consultation on revenue strategies, individual giving campaigns and membership.
• Co-developed (with Executive Director) and led the Roxie's 2012 Kickstarter campaign Keeping The Mission Reel that raised $62,000.
• Oversaw the development and production of the organization’s Website redesign by Web designer Ari Salomon (site launched in December 2013).


Urban Peace Movement (formerly Silence The Violence)
Grant Writer/Development Consultant (2009-2013)
Oakland, CA
• Researched grants and write proposals to support violence prevention programming for youth and young adults in the flatlands of Oakland.
• Produced 3-year strategic business plan.
• Worked with Director on long-term strategic planning for development and financial stability.
• Provided consultation on Individual Giving campaigns.

509 Cultural Center & The Luggage Store
Grant Writer/Development Consultant (2006-2012)
San Francisco, CA
•  Researched grants and write proposals to support visual and performing art center dedicated to building community by broadening social and aesthetic networks in order to improve the quality of people's daily lives by encouraging the flow of images and ideas between different cultural communities.
• Wrote and secured two highly competitive grants from the Phyllis C. Wattis: $75,000 to support the organization's 20th anniversary in 2007; and $50,000 to support the organization's FY13 programming.
• Produced capacity building assessment and 3-year strategic business plan.
•  Worked with Co-Directors on long-term strategic planning for development and financial stability.

Oakland Leaf
Grant Writer/Development Consultant (2006-2010)
Oakland, CA
•Researched grants and wrote proposals to support culturally relevant after-school and summer programs that interweave the arts, social justice, urban ecology, literacy, and youth empowerment to support the growth of very-low to low-income, ethnically diverse children, youth and their families in East Oakland.

Oasis For Girls
Grant Writer/Development and Marketing Consultant (2000-2007)

San Francisco, CA
• Researched grants and wrote proposals to support girls’ center in San Francisco whose mission is to cultivate self-esteem in girls and young women through arts, education and leadership development programs.
• Responsible for writing all government, foundation, and corporate proposals to secure $300,000 annually in grant giving.
• Wrote 2007 proposals that secured Oasis For Girls with $92,000 annually for 3 years to support Teen Programming and Out of School Time from the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).
• Worked with Director and Board on long-term strategic planning and capacity building.
• Produced capacity building assessment and 3-year strategic business plan.
• Developed and designed organization’s Website with Web designer David Lawrence.
• Developed annual fund development plans.
• Worked with staff to develop annual visibility plans and produce public relation materials.
• Assisted staff in program development.

Creative Growth Art Center
Grant Writer/Development Consultant (2005-2007)
Oakland, CA
• Provided support to Executive Director, Board, and staff on Capital Campaign to raise funds to renovate the oldest and largest arts and disabilities center in the world.
• Researched grants and wrote proposals to help support $1,225,662 Capital Campaign.
• Wrote proposal that secured Creative Growth’s Capital Campaign with a $185,000 grant award from the Kresge Foundation.


People's Community Partnership Credit Union
Development Consultant (2006)

Oakland, CA
• Worked with staff and Board on long-term strategic planning for development and financial stability, including the production of a 2006 Development Plan.
•Research grants and write proposals to support economic empowerment in Oakland's low-income neighborhoods by increasing the community's use of, access to, and control over financial services.


Young Women United For Oakland (YWUFO)
Grant Writer/Development Consultant (2004)
Oakland, CA
•  Researched grants and wrote proposals to support youth-led organization whose mission is to increase safety, resources, sense of community, and improve conditions for young women of color in Oakland.

Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF)
Grant Writer/Development Consultant (2003)

San Francisco, CA
• Researched grants and wrote proposals to support national health organization serving the API community.
• Wrote proposal that secured a one-year $1,000,000 grant to support the organization’s infrastructure and organizational transition from The California Endowment.
• Produced visibility materials to support organization’s programs.

YouthSpace
Grant Writer/Development Consultant (2002)
San Francisco, CA
• Worked with Director and Board on long-term strategic planning for development and financial stability, including the production of a Strategic Business Plan for 2002-2005.
• Researched grants and wrote proposals to support youth-run and directed organization dedicated to providing positive outlets for youth expression through the development and support of youth-led initiatives aimed at cross-cultural understanding, empowerment through education, and social and economic justice.
• Worked with Director to develop annual organization and program budgets and cash flow.
• Created Public Relation materials to increase visibility.

Streetside Stories
Grant Writer/Development Consultant (2001)

San Francisco, CA
•  Wrote and researched grants for storytelling program in San Francisco schools.
•  Assisted Executive Director on long-term strategic planning for development.

TILT (Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools)
Development Associate (1999-2002)
San Francisco, CA
• Researched grants and wrote proposals to support media literacy programs for youth.
• Developed Strategic Plan for organization.
• Directed a capital campaign that raised $120,000 towards leasehold improvements.

Southern Exposure
Development Associate, Interim Position (July-December, 1999)

San Francisco, CA
•  Assisted in the direction of the organization's fundraising activities during Executive Director Search.

The National Conference for Community and Justice
Program/Development Specialist (1997-1999)

San Francisco, CA
•  Developed and implemented fundraising activities, including foundation and corporate solicitation, individual giving and special events.
•  Directed High School Press Awards, an annual essay contest that asks high school students to consider their community and their responsibility to it around issues of racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual, and economic diversity.
•  Conducted classroom presentations in high schools to promote the essay contest and facilitate student dialogue on the issues of diversity, identity, responsibility, and community.
•  Served as a member of the Television Race Initiative's Multi-Cultural Community Brain trust, which helps direct and organize community awareness and activities in conjunction with the Initiative's national broadcasts that have included: Family Name, Africans in America: America's Journey through Slavery, Beyond Black and White: Affirmative Action in America, and Facing the Truth with Bill Moyers.

Southern Exposure
Project Coordinator, Urban Renewal Laboratory (1996-1998)
San Francisco, CA

•  Worked with curators on direction and implementation of gallery and on-line exhibition, including grant writing, research, outreach, and coordination.
•  Wrote proposals for grants that secured $85,000 for project budget.

Meridian Gallery
Co-Director, Instructor , Meridian Interns Program (1996-1997)
San Francisco, CA

•  Developed program, including curriculum and raised funds for arts education and office administration program directed at low-income high school students.
•  Taught program that included: Art and design projects, gallery and museum visits, public relations experience, writing assignments and computer knowledge. Final project included an exhibition of the students' work and forum discussion by students.

 


Portola Family Connections