Here’s what our clients have to say
“Lori Stott facilitated two workshops during which she educated residents of Lyons about grantwriting, fundraising and prospect research. These workshops were well-attended and she made the information clear and easy to understand. As a retired university VP of Development and management and marketing consultant, I speak with confidence about Lori. She is experienced, knowledgable and thorough. She offers small and mid-sized nonprofits a range of professional skills that will help them master challenges and seize opportunities that might otherwise be beyond their grasp. A consulting fee paid to Lori and The Next Write Thing should turn out to be an investment – not an expense.”
Lyons Chamber of Commerce
Boulder Ballet originally hired Lori for development services. In the process of implementing a new donor program, it became clear to her that our organization needed to take the next step in our evolution and bring on a full-time Executive Director. The board agreed with her thoughtful reasoning and we decided to launch a search. As we had no previous experience in nonprofit executive searches, we relied heavily on Lori to guide us. She actively participated throughout the process, providing assistance in creation of the job description, listing the position, screening candidate submissions, initial interviewing of candidates and final selection. Her expertise in nonprofit management proved invaluable and kept us focused on the key characteristics Boulder Ballet needed in an ED. In addition, she provided balance to the search committee’s decision-making process, readily giving us the full benefit of her perspective based on years of nonprofit consulting. We owe the successful completion of our search to Lori Stott and would not hesitate to recommend her services.
President of Board of Directors, Boulder Ballet
“When asked by Lyons Community Foundation to volunteer her time to teach others about writing great grant applications, Lori presented an evening workshop that was very useful to the participants. The idea was to help people from local nonprofit organizations be better at writing grant proposals. Lori presesented the tips for writing successful grants and her assistance definitely came through, as we had more quality grant applications this year. Lori’s style is positive; she is open to questions; and gives participants time to discuss their concerns. Lori was also instrumental in drafting grant guidelines this year – the first year LCF used these. We, at LCF are grateful for Lori’s expertise and I would recommend her to others.”
Co-Chair, Lyons Community Foundation
“I have been working with Lori Stott for many years. She is a delight
to work with – clear, concise and to the point. It was important to our organization to get a grant writer who was familiar with the arts and especially ceramics! As we all know, funding is hard to find, but it is essential to have a great grant writer so our grants will rise to the top of the pile. I found that when I found Lori Stott and The Next Write Thing.”
Director, Carbondale Clay Center
“Little monies were available for such important needs as grant writing when founding our nonprofit in 2000. Lori jumped in with both feet to create three separate grants that would become the basic structure for ALL future grants I would write. The best part was that Lori not only fed us what we were hungry for but taught us how to begin to feed ourselves! Our rate of success for grants received in the first two years was 50%. We became a United Way agency in our first 18 months and received highly competitive monies for program subsidies as well as capital investment in a permanent site. Kudos to Lori!”
Diane Kennedy, M.A.
Founder, Medicine Horse Program
“Lori’s work is invaluable to our agency. She is great at communicating with multiple stakeholders and distilling their information into an easily readable proposal. Her work is always professional and she consistently meets deadlines. Her knowledge of the nonprofit world – and particularly development – has been tremendously helpful to Catholic Charities”
Grants Manager, Catholic Charities
“After Lori Stott ‘retired’ from the CU Museum, we hired her on a contract
basis to write grant proposals and to prepare outreach documents for
potential funders. She helped us to raise much-needed monies for a variety
of exhibits here at the Museum. She is a reliable, hardworking person who
will work with you from the start of a project right through to the end.”
Tom Ranker, PhD
Interim Director, University of Colorado Museum of Natural History
“When we first opened The Watershed School, we hired Lori to write several grant proposals, which yielded some valuable financial support for our program. I found her to be very easy to work with, as did the other staff members with whom she interacted. Lori also did some prospect research for us, and provided a list of state and national foundations that she thought would be a good fit for The Watershed School. Her personal interest in, and enthusiasm for, education and experience in working with youth also were valuable to this process.”
Jason Berv, PhD
Founder/Director, The Watershed School
“Lori did some editing work for us on a large grant proposal.
She did a great job and we got the grant!”
Laura Tyson, M.A.
Executive Director, Women’s Wilderness Institute
“It is very difficult to be an editor of your own work. Lori Stott has
been able to assist me with my articles and speeches by giving me a
third party viewpoint that I could not achieve easily on my own. She
helps me to clarify difficult subjects and to tighten up my grammar. However,
her most important role has been to give me the independent perspective
of my targeted audience. I would highly recommend Lori as an editor of
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