Susan Howlett

Susan Howlett has been a consultant to hundreds of nonprofits throughout the United States over the last 23 years, Susan cut her teeth being a board member, executive director, and development director first. She has served for many years as core faculty in the University of Washington Fundraising Certificate Program, where she received their 2004 Award for Teaching Excellence…She developed the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program at Bellevue College, where she has taught grantwriting, fundraising and board classes for 15 years.

In 2010 Susan wrote “Boards on Fire! Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully,” published by Word & Raby. In 2004, Susan co-authored Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals with Dr. Mary Hall. In 2011 she and co-author Renee Bourque published the completely revised and updated 5th edition. Acclaimed by users across the country as the definitive text, the book has gained five stars on Howlett has been helping nonprofits raise money joyfully since 1975, as a board member, development director, executive director, freelance grantwriter and consultant. For the last twenty-five years, she has consulted with over 1,000 nonprofit organizations throughout the United States on fundraising, leadership development, and organizational development.

From 1991 to 2001, Susan led the Seattle-based Puget Sound Grantwriters Association, bringing thousands of grantseekers and grantmakers together through presentations, conferences, workshops, and joint projects. Under Susan’s leadership, PSGA grew into the largest association of grantwriters in the country. She worked closely with the regional association of grantmakers, which often had her train new funders how to work with nonprofits. Most of Susan’s current clients are funders who engage her to strengthen the organizations they fund.

Ms. Howlett has served as a grant reviewer with private foundations and public foundations as well as with local, state, and federal government agencies. She was a subject matter expert in the early development of the national Grant Professionals Certification Program.You can learn more about Susan at her website,