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Shelley Loethen, GPC

president & ceo

Biography

Shelley Loethen, GPC, is the owner of Encore Nonprofit Solutions.  With more than 20 years of experience in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, she has unique insight into the needs of nonprofit organizations.

A skilled business professional dedicated to strategic nonprofit operations, planning, and governance and the impact each has on providing effective community services, attracting funding, and achieving sustainability.

As the general manager of a nonprofit organization, Shelley implemented a strategic grant-seeking process that increased grant funding over ten times the organization’s prior levels, diversifying the organization’s revenue streams and significantly increasing overall revenue. She also developed a corporate sponsorship program that increased these unrestricted revenues by 260% during her tenure. Her efforts dramatically diversified the organization’s funding portfolio and helped the agency create a strong reputation in the local philanthropic community.

 

Since 2009, Shelley has written or been part of grant-writing teams that have been awarded more than $24 million in grants. Her experience spans many nonprofit sectors and includes experience in programs for mental health, trauma, education, and workforce development. Federal, state, county, and local government entities as well as community, corporate and private foundations have funded her proposals.

 

In addition to her grant writing success, Shelley is a skilled business professional. She is dedicated to strategic nonprofit operations, planning, and governance and the impact each has on providing effective community services, attracting funding, and achieving sustainability. She has assembled a team of top-notch nonprofit professionals who are committed to helping your organization succeed.

 

Shelley is a Certified Grant Professional, receiving her GPC in 2012. The GPC credential is conferred only after passing the GPC exam – a rigorous test with proven reliability and validity. As explained on the Grant Professionals Certification Institute website, the exam “measures an individual’s ability to provide quality grant-related services with an ethical framework.” Grant professionals who wish to maintain their GPC designation are required to re-certify every three years. Shelley is a member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), and the Heart of the America Chapter where she serves as a board member and treasurer. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

  • 2008-2011: General Manager of Lee’s Summit Symphony.
  • 2008: Established Encore Grants, Inc.
  • 2012: Attained GPC accreditation.
  • 2009-present: Written or been part of grant teams awarded over $24 million.

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