Kelly Hart & Associates, Inc.

For more than 25 years, the professionals of Kelly Hart & Associates have helped dozens of large and small nonprofit agencies develop and conduct successful fundraising strategies to increase their corporate, foundation, individual, government and other income. Kelly Hart is an experienced fundraiser and grantwriter who focuses on simultaneously achieving the nonprofit’s mission and financial goals while helping donors achieve their philanthropic mission and goals.  She links her clients with the right funders and helps them build long-term relationships.  Because of this personalized, donor-based approach to fundraising and grant writing, she and her clients regularly achieve more than an 80% grant success rate.

Kelly has authored a number of articles on fundraising and grant writing featured in numerous publications and web sites including: Assessing Your Need, Attaining Your Funding, published in No Child Left Behind: A Solution Guide for Educators magazine from Learning Services, Inc.; Writing Successful Government Grants published in the NCSC News; Developing Successful Partnerships with Your Donors, published in the AZ Nonprofit News, and Tell a Story to Make Grant Writing Easier, published in Managing School Business.

Current and former clients include UMOM New Day Centers, St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, Phoenix Rescue Mission, Junior Achievement, Educare Arizona, CASA, United Food Bank, Goodwill Industries, Benevilla, Joe Foss Institute, Arthritis Foundation, Elevate Phoenix, Cancer Support Community, Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association and Arizona Charter Academy.


Successes include:

  • Receiving numerous five-, six- and seven-figure grants totaling nearly $50 million for programs, operations and capital campaigns.
  • Increasing foundation grants at Food for the Hungry (an international relief and development agency) from $150,000 annually to more than $600,000 annually - while reducing the number of proposal sent and increasing donor cultivation
  • Conducting research for donors on foundation and corporate prospects and donors to help clients provide more targeted grant requests based upon the funders' mission and interests.
  • Developing direct mail, foundation, and major donor fundraising strategies for numerous nonprofits throughout the United States.​
  • Writing, managing and reporting on countless foundation, corporate, state, federal and other grants.
  • Receiving the 2013/14 and 2014/15 Board of Visitors Care Card grant.
  • Receiving two $100,000 Phoenix Suns Charities Playmaker Awards and an Arizona Diamondbacks Grand Slam Award.
  • Receiving a two-year Federal Research Grant ($750,000) and the only Charter School Program Dissemination Grant ($525,000) in the U.S. in 2005.

“I have worked with Kelly Hart as a contract grant writer for three high-profile non-profit organizations in Phoenix. In that time, we have raised literally MILLIONS of dollars. Kelly is a true professional and, oftentimes, comes to me with ideas of new places to go to for funding. Kelly is well known in the grants arena. She knows the funders and the causes they are most passionate about. She knows those small nuances that keep me from making a mistake, such as, ‘This donor does not like people to make a special trip just to see him, so please schedule your visit for a time when you will be in the area on other business.’  Although she is contracted, Kelly is very much a part of the fundraising TEAM at St. Mary’s Food Bank. Her organizational skills are stellar, her writing skills are excellent and she regularly ‘pings’ me with reminders to contact donors so that we are continually cultivating them.  I am confident that our fundraising is greatly improved with Kelly Hart on our side.”

Lisa Notaro

Chief Development Officer

St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance

"As the President of a local non-profit organization, I can say that Kelly Hart is the best grant writer I have ever seen. Kelly understands that helping you develop a relationship with the granters and foundations is just as important as the written grant proposal. Kelly is very well connected with all of the foundations, both locally and nationally, and is extremely knowledgeable in her field. I strongly recommend Kelly Hart for any business or non-profit looking to grow and expand their mission and effectiveness."

Gary Webb

President and Founder

OCJ Kids

"Kelly Hart is an extremely skilled and talented grant writer. She has vast experience and expertise in grant writing, fund development, cultivation of donors and the entire fundraising process. She provides high-quality services for her clients while helping them develop long-term relationships with funders. Kelly has a successful track record of writing competitive and winning grant proposals. I highly recommend Kelly Hart to anyone seeking a seasoned and award-winning grant writing professional."

Kim Joyce


Kim Joyce and Associates, LLC

“It has been my privilege to work with Kelly Hart for nearly 20 years while I served at three different organizations.  Kelly is the consummate professional who meets deadlines, delivers a consistently high-level product, and is a pleasure to work with.  If I had to pick one of Kelly Hart’s strongest attributes, it would be her commitment to excellence.  She is always attentive to detail.  She works tirelessly to ensure that our proposals, reports, and presentations are of the highest quality.  I unreservedly recommend Kelly Hart & Associates to any nonprofit organization who desires outstanding grant research, writing and reporting.”
John A. Scola, CFRE
Chief Development Officer
Phoenix Rescue Mission

​​“Kelly is one of the first grant writers that I recommend to my clients. She is professional, truly cares about her clients, and is terrific to work with!”

Jan Halpin
The Phoenix Philanthropy Group

 “I have known and worked with Kelly for years. She is a strategic thinker and excellent grant writer. Her clients have had great success in securing funds while working with Kelly. She is known in her field not only as a grant writer but speaker on the topic of fund raising in general.”
Elizabeth McHugh
Director of Prospect Development
Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation

 “Kelly provides experienced and professional grant writing services with great results. She helps us strategically research, write, track, manage and effectively report on grants received with a significant success rate. Her unique relationships based approach is very effective.”
Tim Cleary
Executive Director
Elevate Phoenix

 "Kelly built the foundation giving program at Food for the Hungry from $250,000 to over $600,000 a year in income during the six years I was the senior director there. I could depend on her to do the research, write proposals, appeal letters and clear budgets for some very complicated international development programs. She also helped develop effective materials I used to solicit large gifts from individual donors as well. After she set up her own company we worked together using the Philanthropic Quest to help several organizations successfully define their plan for the future and generate major gifts as well as submit proposals which were funded. She is one of the few professionals who fully appreciates the crucial role of relationship building and successful proposal submissions. Her patience, perseverance and attention to detail are amazing."
Mark Walker 
VP & Sr. Counsel

Carlton & Company

"I have had the pleasure of working with Kelly for the last six months, and I find her very knowledgeable about nonprofits and grant writing. She is also very organized and great to work with. I highly recommend her.”
Sam Alpert
Senior Vice President, Business Development
Junior Achievement of Arizona

"Kelly is very detailed orientated, extremely organized, a great "people" person, and always offers her very best!!! If you have any grant writing needs, she is the perfect person for you!"

Rachelle Pariseau


River Valley Home Care, Inc.

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