Tikkun Grant Advancement, LLC was founded in 2016 by Emily Greenwald Johnson to pursue Tikkun Olam - Hebrew for preparing the world. This social justice concept underpins all aspects of our practice. We see ourselves as allies that work alongside communities in the pursuit of equity and one of many channels that can represent each community’s voice through its strengths and experiences.

As a firm focused exclusively on grant-seeking, our goal is to empower clients with knowledge about how institutional and government funding can support their missions. We provide clients with the effective grant-seeking strategies and high caliber of writing that leads to success.

Our Values

  • Empowerment - Our founder actively works to diversify the field of fundraising by mentoring grant professionals who are Black, Indigenous, and other people of color.

  • Fairness - As a small shop, we are able to charge fees that are accessible to nonprofits with a range of resources while recognizing the importance of paying our writers a fair rate.

  • Learning - We offer our clients and our own writers avenues for professional growth.

  • Transparency - Our clients know how our time - and their money - is spent.



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. 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.



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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).