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About Ellen Karsh and Arlen Sue Fox

Ellen Karsh, now writing and consulting full time, was director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Grants Administration for more than seven years under both Mayor Giuliani and Mayor Bloomberg, and developed and wrote grants for the New York City Department of Education for five years before coming to the Mayor’s Office.  She has a doctorate in special education from Columbia University and taught for years in the New York City public schools and area colleges and universities.  She has won tens of millions of dollars for the City of New York by writing grant proposals to government agencies and private foundations.  In addition to developing and writing grant proposals, she has taught program development and grand grant writing to thousands of people representing not-for-profits, schools and colleges, and government agencies throughout New York City, using materials and resources that she developed over the years.  While working in the Mayor’s Office, she was the only public sector member of the City Connect Committee of the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers, comprising foundations and corporations interested in collaborating (among themselves and with government leaders) to address issues of interest to both the philanthropic community and government.  Karsh has written articles that have appeared in Newsweek, the New York Times, and other publications.


Arlen Sue Fox has many years experience in program planning and evaluation, writing, and editing (including editing social science textbooks for a major publisher).  Her background includes 10 years as the director of research, planning and evaluation for the New York City Commission on Human Rights and 12 years as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, from small grassroots groups to national organizations including AARP and The Lighthouse.  She spent three years as the coordinator of the City Connect Federal Grantmanship Network, a foundation-initiated project designed to help nonprofit organizations improve their ability to obtain federal funding.  She provided technical,assistance and training on the federal grant process to dozens of nonprofit organizations.  As part of this project, she wrote Preparing Federal Proposals: An Introduction and managed the development of an automated grants information system that alerts enrolled nonprofit organizations to relevant federal and state funding opportunities. Fox has written – and has taught her clients how to write – proposals that have brought them tens of millions of dollars for their programs.  Currently she is the associate executive director for development at Sunnyside Community Services, a settlement house that provides services for more than 18,000 children, teenagers, families, and active and frail older adults in Queens.

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