My name is John Pattison. I am an author, community advocate, nonprofit consultant, and longtime grant writer. My mission is to connect people who are passionate about their communities to the resources they need to help those communities flourish.
On this blog, I curate conversations on topics related to:
- Grant writing and grants management
- Strategic fundraising
- Platform-building for nonprofits
- Community development
- Nonprofit leadership
- Strategic planning
I do all this through the lens of abundance. Whether you are here as a busy staff person wearing multiple hats at a small nonprofit, a dedicated volunteer at your local school or church, or a mid-career grant professional looking for inspiration, I hope this space equips you to identify, secure, and leverage the resources available for your organization. I hope you will see what I see: that there is abundant provision for your abundant community.
Your organization is doing important work and your role is essential to that work. I’m going to do what I can to help you succeed. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.
What You Can Expect
I try to post twice per week. To make sure you don’t miss a thing, subscribe via RSS. But the best way to stay up-to-date with what is happening here is by signing up for the weekly TRC Newsletter. Each issue includes a digest of the most recent blog entries. But it will grow to include exclusive content like featured grant opportunities, community success stories, productivity hacks, book and tool recommendations, and a first-glance at upcoming topics. We also want to use the newsletter to “troubleshoot” real grants from actual readers. (Here’s where to submit your question.)
As the site grows, I encourage you to peruse the archives and also to use the search bar on the side of every page to find posts on specific topics.
I’ve asked a few friends to be periodic contributors to this blog as well, writing in their areas of expertise: nonprofit marketing, organizational leadership, strategic planning, and program evaluation. My full bio, and the bios for key contributing writers, are located below.
My Contact Information
I also have a personal blog at johnepattison.com.
I am an author, speaker, consultant, and community practitioner.
For approximately 15 years, I have been a grant writer and nonprofit consultant specializing in an abundance-based approach to strategic funding development. During that time I have helped raise approximately $43 million for clients around the United States, including school districts, colleges, universities, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofits. For the last three years, I also served as a consultant for The Ford Family Foundation, the third largest foundation in Oregon. In this role, I helped connect hundreds of community advocates across dozens of rural towns in Oregon and northern California. I recently wrote a monograph on how resident-led engagement can contribute to important conversations in the fields of community development and philanthropy—specifically, conversations about diversity, equity, and the polarization tearing at the fabric of our communities.
In addition to consulting for nonprofits, I write and speak regularly on topics related to faith, community development, rural culture, and philanthropy. My most recent book is Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus (IVP, 2014), drawing inspiration from Slow Food and the other Slow movements to re-imagine how local churches can be more faithfully rooted in the place and pace of their neighborhoods. For more information on Slow Church—including endorsements, reviews, a media kit, and more—I’ve created a special landing page for readers of The Resourceful Community.
I’m also a sought-after speaker and presenter. Since 2014, I have visited more than 80 neighborhoods around the United States, delivering keynotes and facilitating retreats and workshops. I’ve spoken at colleges and universities (Seattle University, George Fox University, Milligan College, Asbury University, and more), as well as at numerous regional and national conferences, including the Slow Money Gathering and the Neighborhood Economics Conference.
I previously served as Managing Editor of CONSPIRE Magazine and as Deputy Editor of the Portland-based Burnside Writers Collective. My articles, essays, and book reviews have appeared in Relevant, Sojourners, Neue, Books & Culture, and The Englewood Review of Books, among many other publications.
I live in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley with my wife, Kate, and our two children. In my free time, I like to travel—my current goal is to visit all Seven Wonders of Oregon—go camping, watch baseball, ride my bike, and spend time with friends at a favorite coffee shop or pub. I also love to read and write.
David Johnson is Chief of Staff at Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN), an education reform nonprofit that serves 43 communities in 23 states and is dedicated to expanding education opportunities for at-risk and underserved youth. In this role David is responsible for the development and successful implementation of the GtCNN’s current five-year strategic plan, including facilitating the organization’s redesign and change management process. David also leads GtCNN’s foundation fundraising efforts, securing over $23 million since 2008 from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation, among others. Prior to joining GtCNN, David cofounded Cascadia Resource Consultants (with John Pattison) and served as a Grants Officer for Portland Community College. He lives in Portland with his wife and two children.
Kate Pattison works at the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), where she oversees the state’s Charter School Program and coordinates ODE’s strategic plan. She serves on the board of directors for the local Montessori public charter school, as well as on the board of the Parish Collective. Kate is passionate about exploring what it means to commit oneself to a particular place for life—in her case, the small, rural community of Silverton, Oregon. Kate likes to live life in the front yard, working with neighbors to weave a fabric of care in their neighborhood. She and her husband, John, have been experimenting with the slow, rooted life for 14 years. Kate’s primary intentional community is her family, and she spends much of her energy growing and nurturing little humans: two daughters, ages 3 and 9.
Michael Nevens is a Business Education Instructor at Butte College, as well as the college’s athletic chaplain. He serves the for-profit and nonprofit communities in Chico, California by consulting in the areas of marketing and strategic planning. He holds both an MBA and an M.Div. He also serves as a consultant for Cultural Encounters, the Journal for the Theology of Culture (Multnomah Seminary). But his most important responsibilities and priorities flow from his role as faithful husband to his wife, Gretchen, and father to their two young sons.
The Grant Writing Process: 11 Basic Steps (PDF & Checklist)
Writing grants for your organization is an adventure.
You wouldn't set out on an epic hike without at least a general understanding of the terrain ahead. So why would you set out on your grantseeking journey without an overview of what lies in store?
This eight-page PDF and checklist are the perfect place to start.