Instructor Allison Shirk - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

Allison's Background

Allison Shirk is the Founder of Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes and has been teaching grantwriting classes since 2013.

She has more than twenty years’ experience in grantwriting and nonprofit management.

Allison has secured millions of dollars in grants from foundations, corporations, and government sources for our community.

She is an Approved Specialist in the 501 Commons Nonprofit Resource Directory, a vetted directory of consultants recommended by their nonprofit clients.

She is also a guest columnist for the Foundation Center, New York, writing insightful articles on the art of grantwriting.

Allison has served as a board member of the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association, as a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and as a site reviewer for 4Culture.

Allison's Teaching Style & Approach

Allison creates a fun, high-energy course that makes learning enjoyable.

Students appreciate hearing stories from Allison's extensive experience working in the field, as well as networking with other students, and being challenged to complete a four-page grant proposal by the end of the eight-week class.

She uses lecture, discussion, group work, media presentations and encourages participation in her classes.

Allison provides students with ongoing support on their sample grant proposals, offering input, and building confidence and skills, creating a rich and effective learning experience.