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The Nonprofit Foundry is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks to advance the scope and impact of the nonprofit sector through social entrepreneurialism, fundraising education, and philanthropy in collaboration with Write On Fundraising, LLC.

Pathways to Philanthropy Apprenticeship

The Pathways to Philanthropy Apprenticeship seeks to provide a direct point of entry to professional philanthropy for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) through paid, on-the-job grant writer training, mentorship, and donor network-building.

The two-year apprenticeship is designed specifically for entry-level applicants with less than 12 months of fundraising experience and targets the primary barriers to entering the field for people of color: hard skills, sphere of influence, and support system.

Pathways to Philanthropy – Year One

In the first year of the program, apprentices will develop the core competencies of effective grant writing as they progress to actively write and submit grants for Write On clients.

Competencies include:

  • Voice and style best practices
  • Developing the Case for Support and Case Statements
  • Logic modeling
  • Project management
  • Donor cultivation
  • Stewardship standards
  • Donor research and prospecting
  • Team collaboration

Pathways to Philanthropy – Year Two

In the second year of the program, apprentices will enjoy greater autonomy in grant writing as the training focus transitions to developing a personal network of influence and wealth.

Participants will learn how to effectively network, “friendraise,” and establish meaningful, long-term relationships with donors and community leaders.

Throughout the program, apprentices will have the opportunity to collaborate with and develop relationships with experienced fundraising mentors – all people of color – who provide encouragement, guidance, and support.

Continued Employment
In addition to building a pipeline of diverse and talented fundraisers for the nonprofit sector, the Pathways to Philanthropy program also serves as a segway to grant writing positions on our own team.

Upon graduation, each apprentice will be eligible for hire as a Write On contract grant writer, increased hourly pay, and financial incentives.

Eligibility & Terms
Applications for Pathways to Philanthropy are accepted once per year.

The number of apprenticeships available varies based on the number of participants graduating from the program and open positions on the Write On team.

At least one new apprentice will be accepted per cycle.

Applicants must have less than 12 months of paid, professional fundraising experience (including grant writing, special event planning, data administration, etc) and identify as a racial or ethnic minority.

Strong writing skills are required and a demonstrated commitment to philanthropy and/or volunteerism is a plus.

Apprentices are paid an hourly rate of $15/hr and are expected to work remotely 10 hours per week.

While this schedule is largely flexible, apprentices must be available during normal business hours for training sessions, team meetings, and mentor check-ins and have access to a computer with webcam and high-speed internet.

If you’re interested in learning more, send us an email at info@writeonfundraising.com.


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Jonathan Weber-Mendez

Jonathan Weber-Mendez is a nonprofit fundraising professional with a Master’s in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. Since 2018, Jonathan has served Write On Fundraising in multiple capacities working with both our nonprofit partners and staff to fulfill the company’s mission. As Director of Mission Impact, Jonathan helps equip staff with the education and resources needed to provide equity and compassion to philanthropy.

Prior to joining Write On Fundraising, Jonathan served as a staff grant writer for YWCA Tulsa and then Folds of Honor. Jonathan began his career of service in the United States Army where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom before working in the nonprofit sector.

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Melody Timinsky

Melody is a skilled fundraiser and strategic leader with areas of expertise in social impact, donor development, and grant evaluation and management. Prior to joining Write On Fundraising as Director of Grant Services, Melody worked as a corporate consultant for Tyson, was the Vice President of Community Impact at the United Way of Northwest Arkansas, and served in a variety of leadership roles throughout the community.

Melody has an extensive background in the corporate sector, having strategized and led philanthropic initiatives, managed financial analysis, and bridged the gaps between companies and nonprofit organizations in a variety of ways. Today, Melody leads Write On’s entire grants department, analyzing efficiency, capacity planning, and managing a diverse team of fundraisers.

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Jace Pavlik

Jace Pavlik is an experienced manager with years in leadership, employee relations, and customer service. Jace is currently studying for his master’s in Business at Oklahoma State University. Prior to joining Write On Fundraising, Jace worked as general manager of Topeca Coffee for over four years.

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Laura Orwig

Laura is a communications professional with years of experience in content creation, channel management, and strategy implementation. Laura has her Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. Prior to joining the Write On team, Laura traveled the country in an RV, vlogging her experience and utilizing social media to promote her brand. In addition, Laura worked with several anti-trafficking nonprofits in improving their communications strategy execution. Now, she travels part-time in her self-converted van, rock climbing across the country with her husband and two cats. 

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Lindsay Jordan

Lindsay Jordan is the Founder and CEO of Write On Fundraising, a fundraising firm that exclusively serves nonprofits throughout the country. Lindsay has a Master’s in Nonprofit Management and is a three-time Certified Fund Raising Executive. In addition, in 2020 and 2021, Lindsay was recognized as a Most Admired CEO by The Journal Record and named the “Small Business Person of the Year” by the Tulsa Regional Chamber in 2021.

Prior to founding Write On Fundraising, Lindsay worked in executive fundraising roles for several large nonprofits including the Alzheimer’s Association, YWCA, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. With more than $100 million raised for worthy causes, Lindsay works to build capacity for nonprofits and is deeply committed to developing upstream fundraising methodologies that bring greater equity to philanthropy.

Lindsay lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband, Aaron, and two young children, Oliver and Leo. When she’s not fundraising and speaking, she can usually be found curled up with a good book, hiking with her family, or trying her hand at a new recipe.