Strategic Grant Consulting

Tikkun Grant Advancement, LLC is a strategic consulting practice focused exclusively on grant-seeking. Our philosophy is to deliver a strong return on investment by identifying and providing only those services that benefit your organization the most. Tikkun Olam, Hebrew for “repairing the world,” guides our practice. We see ourselves as allies who work alongside communities in the pursuit of social justice. We seek to empower organizations with the knowledge of how to develop and carry out effective grant strategies and to represent each community’s voice through its strengths and experiences. We value:

  • Transparency

  • Empowerment

  • Learning

  • Efficiency



Founder and Principal

Ms. Johnson is a grants specialist with over a decade in the field. A professional with an excellent track record of securing major foundation and top-scoring government grants, Ms. Johnson develops grant-seeking strategies, helps agencies develop new programs, and creates compelling narrative that aligns with her client’s unique services, strengths, outcomes, and strategic vision. She is adept at writing about complex organizations and issues. Prior to founding Tikkun Grant Advancement in 2016, Ms. Johnson led grant-seeking at Lifetrack where she increased foundation giving by 17 percent in her first year as Grants Manager and managed a portfolio of $4.4 million in private giving and government contracts. Ms. Johnson founded Tikkun Grant Advancement to bring her expertise to the wider community to better engage in social justice work. She is knowledgeable about many different spheres, particularly human services and higher education. Her areas of specialty include racial equity, poverty, child and youth development, workforce development, and education from birth through postsecondary. She has a B.S. in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.





Grant Writer

Kelly Winters is a non-profit sector consultant specializing in grant writing, prospect research and grant management services. In addition to grant services, she brings 25 years of experience and academic training in organizational leadership to coaching agencies on board development, organizational storytelling, strategic planning, mission and activity alignment, and program evaluation. Her innovative research on social justice, intersectional policy analysis, community engagement, and equity in higher education has been published in top peer-reviewed research journals. Kelly holds a B.A. in English (St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN) and an Ed.M. in higher education administration and leadership (Harvard University, Cambridge, MA). She is currently an ABD (all but dissertation) Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development at the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN).

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