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Tikkun Grant Advancement, LLC was founded in 2016 by Emily Greenwald Johnson to pursue Tikkun Olam - Hebrew for repairing 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 effective grant-seeking strategies, the high caliber of writing that leads to success, and professional development for agency's who prefer to have a grant writer on staff.

Our Values

  • Empowerment - We seek to increase access to the grantmaker networks that benefit organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and other people of color and actively work to diversify the field of grant professionals towards this end.

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

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

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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, supports internal operations, 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 and specializes in racial equity, poverty, child and youth development, workforce development, and education from birth through postsecondary. 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. She has a B.S. in Urban Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

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Senior Grant Writer

Tiffany Dykes is a grant writing and fundraising consultant, and an emerging nonprofit leader in the Twin Cities area. After ten plus years of working in customer service, she left the for-profit sector to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA, doing so for two years. During her time as an AmeriCorps VISTA she completed the Giving Project with Headwaters Foundation for Justice and began to pursue a career in fundraising. She spent a year with the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) as a Family Achievement Coach before transitioning to Catholic Charities to continue her career in fundraising as a Corporate & Foundation Relation Grants Officer. Her overall goal is to connect community members who are already doing work to improve their communities but need the capital to make a greater impact.

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