The Resourceful Community

You want your community to thrive. We want to connect you to the resources you need to make that happen.



Since you are reading this, chances are good you're what we sometimes refer to as a changemaker. That means you are “tenacious about the greater good.” You solve problems. You see the good things already around you. You seize timely opportunities. And you do all this with an eye toward making the world a better place...for those of us here now and for future generations.

Perhaps you’re visiting the site on behalf of a nonprofit…or perhaps it's a school. Maybe you’re paid staff or maybe you’re a passionate volunteer. Maybe the cause that keeps you up late at night — and gets you going again early the next morning — is early childhood literacy. Or maybe it's ending homelessness in your community. Or cleaning a watershed, ministering to children in foster care, or running an after school program.

The specifics (type of organization, mission, your role, etc.) may differ. But what our readers ultimately have in common is their passionate dedication to the health and vitality of their communities.

You’re doing important work. We want to help however we can.

We created The Resourceful Community to help change leaders like you fund your cause, pursue your mission, and love your work.

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Our team of mentors (you’ll meet us below) has a combined 25 years of experience writing and managing grants and 35 years of experience working in or on behalf of nonprofits, schools, colleges and universities, and faith-based organizations.

We are now using this site as a platform to share everything we know about grant writing and grants management, fundraising, organizational development, strategic planning, nonprofit leadership, and marketing. You’ll notice we all do this through a lens of abundance rather than a lens of scarcity. We believe there is abundant provision for your abundant community.

There are three primary ways we help changemakers accomplish their goals: through our blog, through our teaching resources (ebooks and courses), and through coaching. You can find out more about each one of those below.

We also highly encourage you to sign up for our more-than-a-newsletter newsletter. It’s a weekly dose of goodness. Every Monday, we send links to our latest articles and resources, some stuff you can’t get anywhere else, and encouragement for the week ahead.

Your time and attention are precious, and your email inbox is something close to sacred ground. So we put a lot of care into this short but useful email. We like to say it will help you learn to love Mondays again.




The latest posts on topics ranging from grantwriting to community development.


We offer in-person workshops and, soon, ebooks and online courses.


Experienced mentors help you accomplish your personal and organizational goals.

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John Pattison is an award-winning author, speaker, consultant, and community practitioner. He is also the founder of The Resourceful Community.

For more than a dozen years, John has specialized in an abundance-based approach to grant writing and strategic funding development. He has raised more than $43 million during that time, for clients around the United States, including school districts, colleges, universities, faith-based organizations, and nonprofits both large and small. John also served for three years as a consultant for one of the largest foundations in Oregon. In this role, he helped connect hundreds of community advocates across dozens of rural towns in Oregon and northern California.

Increasingly, John is working with nonprofits to help them align their marketing and fundraising efforts. This includes messaging, copywriting, some speechwriting, and, most recently, video scripts.

In addition to consulting for nonprofits, John writes and speaks regularly on topics related to faith, community development, rural culture, and philanthropy. His most recent book is Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus (IVP, 2014), which draws 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. His next book is scheduled to be released Spring 2020 from Tyndale House.

Since 2014, John has visited more than 100 neighborhoods around the United States, delivering keynotes and facilitating retreats and workshops. He has spoken at colleges and universities, as well as at numerous regional and national conferences, including the Slow Money Gathering and the Neighborhood Economics Conference.

John is the co-host of The Membership Podcast, a podcast about the life and work of the Kentucky writer Wendell Berry. You can also visit John’s personal blog here.

He lives in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley with his wife, Kate, and their two daughters.


David Johnson is the cofounder of ERC Northwest, a grant writing and nonprofit management consulting firm, with a focus on K-16 education reform, alternative education, and strategic planning for nonprofit organizations. His clients include local and national nonprofits, school districts, county offices of education, community colleges, and universities throughout the country. He has extensive experience writing grants for state and federal agencies, as well as cultivating and stewarding ongoing funding relationships with local, regional, and national foundations.

Prior to co-founding ERC Northwest, David was Chief of Staff of Gateway to College National Network (GtCNN), a national nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon that builds the capacity of school districts, colleges, and states to expand education options for underserved and disconnected young people in the United States. David joined GtCNN in 2008 to assist with the spin-off from Portland Community College to an independent nonprofit organization. As Chief of Staff, David served as a strategic partner to GtCNN’s President, VP of Finance & Administration, and Board of Directors in projects related to the direction and development of the organization, especially work associated with strategic planning, fundraising, and organizational processes.

David has raised over $100 million in grant funding from public agencies and private foundations, including multiple programs from the U.S. and California Departments of Education, National Science Foundation, Barr Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, Open Society Foundations, Tipping Point Community, USA Funds, and Walmart Foundation.

He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and two young children, and he is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.


Kate Pattison works for the Oregon Department of Education as the public charter school program analyst, supporting school districts and independent nonprofits running public schools. An increasingly important part of her work centers on facilitating courageous conversations about equity.

For the last six years, Kate has also facilitated strategic planning and nonprofit development for organizations whose budgets range from below $100,000 to over $20 million. Her skills include values-driven culture change, asset-based development, staff development, and helping organizations identify the right performance metrics.

Kate has experience serving on local and international nonprofits boards, including her current role as a board director for The Parish Collective, a global network of hundreds of neighborhood-centric, faith-based organizations. With John, she helps lead transformational asset-mapping workshops for nonprofits, churches, and other faith-based organizations.

Rooted in the small, rural community of Silverton, Oregon, Kate is exploring what it means to commit oneself to a particular place for life. She lives as much life as possible in the front yard, inviting neighbors and passersby to journey together in friendship and collaboration.