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Writing winning proposals for your important projects is what we do.

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Providing nonprofit management consulting services, enabling clients to focus their energies on important mission-driven work.

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Grant Writing

Writing winning proposals for your important projects is what we do. We will succinctly craft a strong argument for support. Prefer to do the writing yourself? We help guide you through the grant-writing process and give your team advice on the best approaches for different funding sources. We have experience with federal and state grants as well as grants from private foundations.
  • Grant Research
  • Grant Writing
  • Grant Review Consultation
  • Grants Management Coaching
Examples of granting agencies and foundations we have worked with in the past include:
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Fish and Wildlife Service
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • California Arts Council
  • California Coastal Conservancy
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • California Office of Emergency Services
  • County of San Luis Obispo
  • San Luis Obispo Community Foundation
  • Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust
  • Hind Foundation
  • Blue Shield Foundation
  • United Way
  • And More

Nonprofit Consulting

Mission-related work should be the primary focus of your day, and yet running a nonprofit brings with it many tasks to ensure the organization functions effectively. We are here to help, so you can focus on what matters most. Whether you need to plan strategically for the future of the organization as a whole or for a specific critical project, we will help guide you through the process. Have to engage your elected officials and the community on a controversial new program? We can help you avoid ruffled feathers and garner broad support.
  • Strategic Planning
  • Organizational Design
  • Effective Advocacy
  • Government Relations
  • Grants Management
  • Board Member Training & Orientation
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Executive Management Services


"GALA Central Coast recently went through strategic planning with Adrienne Harris and we cannot recommend her highly enough. She made the whole process interesting and interactive. The work she did before the actual planning session made everything run smoothly and we have a coherent workable plan in progress. We are a small non-profit seeking to promote best practices and grow our organization in a sustainable manner and Adrienne's homework questions really helped focus the group. She was able to make cogent suggestions in addition to keeping us on track. Thank you Adrienne. GALA is delighted that we worked together!"

Michelle Call and GALA Board of Directors

"The Women's Shelter Program was so fortunate to retain Adrienne Harris for our Interim Executive Director role. She helped organize our many grants and ensure we were compliant with requirements. In addition, Adrienne was calm and efficient at managing the rest of our operations, keeping our organization running smoothly and ensuring that services for our clients were never interrupted. Thanks to her hard work it was a clean hand off to our new ED. Adrienne possessed the skills needed to help us through a key time of transition."

Robin Mitchell Hee
Women's Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo
President of the Board

"I have worked with Adrienne and the Morro Bay National Estuary Program for several years crafting programs and grant requests meeting both of our goals. Grant writing is an art and Adrienne has captured it."

Howard Carroll
Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust

"Adrienne strengthened our business practices and community image during her time working with us and her attention to detail has received high praise from our grantors. We will miss working with Adrienne."

Joel Neel
President of the Board
Bay Foundation of Morro Bay
Adrienne Lynne Harris
Adrienne Harris

Adrienne has 20 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations and government to advance initiatives at the national, regional, and local levels. As a former nonprofit Executive Director, she has unique insights into the challenges facing small and mid-sized nonprofit groups. Adrienne has experience directing effective public-private partnerships, managing multi-year government and private grants, and building strategic board involvement. She has helped organizations locally and across the West Coast plan for the future by creating simple processes to identify shared goals.

During her career, Adrienne has worked with grassroots and community-based organizations both in the U.S. and abroad. Adrienne is the former Executive Director of the Bay Foundation of Morro Bay and Morro Bay National Estuary Program, where she worked with community members, local government, and other nonprofits to further conservation efforts. Among other past work, Adrienne served as a policy analyst for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, D.C. coaching agency staff on communications with Congress. She worked with farmers and fishermen as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines, and was co-chair of Artomatic, a 1,000 plus artist art festival celebrating visual and performing arts in Washington, D.C.