Mark Hernandez

Experience, Skill, and Passion — On Stage and Off

CURRENT CLIENTS

Ghiberti Foundation / Grace Cathedral Since 2012
Mark is assisting the Ghiberti Foundation (the secular arts and culture foundation of Grace Cathedral) as it pursues its first grants from public funding agencies and process-driven foundations; his duties include prospect research, grants writing, and program planning. In addition, for Grace Cathedral he is writing original and renewal grant applications (funded from $5,000 to $15,000) and grant reports.

San Francisco Opera Since 2002
Mark has been San Francisco Opera's "go to" writer for special projects for over ten years. In this capacity, he creates content for foundation applications, triannual newsletters, program magazines, solicitation letters, marketing campaigns, and major individual gift proposals. His writing has been used extensively to raise money from institutional and individual donors; sell tickets and subscriptions; and keep patrons informed about company activities. Depending on project requirements, he works independently; in collaboration with individuals or departments; or as manager of small teams.

FORMER CLIENTS


California Shakespeare Theater 2001
Mark wrote proposal templates covering all major organizational activities, plus original and renewal grant requests to private foundations and public funding agencies (funded from $1,000 to $50,000).

Cantabile 2000
Working for the organization while it was still under the auspices of the Baroque Choral Guild, Mark wrote the proposal that led to its first-ever foundation grant (in the amount of $2,500). He also wrote proposal templates for all organizational activities.

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library 2008
Mark wrote original and renewal grant requests (funded from $2,000 to $25,000) and assisted staff with prospect research.

Magic Theatre 2002
Mark wrote proposal templates for all major organizational activities; contributed to the formulation of fundraising strategies; and identified and solicited a foundation donor, resulting in a new $10,000 grant.

Merola Opera Program 2001-2005
Mark created content for annual reports, a promotional brochure, and solicitation letters; performed a comprehensive review of grant history and suggested fundraising strategies; and wrote a renewal request to the California Arts Council (funded at $6,000).

Mexican Museum 2000
Mark wrote an application to the National Endowment for the Arts (not funded) and a draft prospectus on a major digital conservation project.

Museum of Craft and Folk Art 2004
Markwrote renewal grant requests to public funding agencies (funded at $10,500 and $55,200).

Saint Brigid School Honor Choir 2011
Mark wrote the organization's first-ever proposal.

San Francisco Ballet 2001-02
As Interim Institutional Gifts Manager, Mark managed a full institutional gifts portfolio for nearly a year. His duties included writing new and renewal grant requests (funded from $1,000 to $650,000); prospect research; maintaining relations with foundations and public funding agencies; managing reportage and record-keeping; ensuring that grant terms were fulfilled; writing proposal templates for all organizational activities; drafting a case statement for an endowment campaign; and assisting senior staff with fundraising strategies.

San Francisco Classical Voice 2011-12
Mark wrote original and renewal grant requests (funded from $3,000 to $10,000), solicitation letters, and reports to foundation funders; and also advised on fundraising strategies.

San Francisco Conservatory of Music 2000, 2010
As Interim Foundations Coordinator for four weeks in 2010, Mark managed a full institutional gifts portfolio. His duties included writing original and renewal grant requests (funded from $5,000 to $43,000), and assisting senior staff with fundraising strategies. In addition, in 2000 Mark created the initial foundation prospect list for the organization's capital campaign.

San Francisco Lyric Opera 2004
Mark created an analysis of the organization's strengths and weaknesses and provided a written evaluation. In addition, he created an initial foundation prospect list, with suggested strategies for each foundation.

San Francisco Opera Since 2002
As Interim Director of Institutional Gifts for four months in 2005,
Mark managed a full institutional gifts portfolio for over four months. His duties included writing new and renewal grant requests (funded from $2,500 to $250,000); prospect research; maintaining relations with foundations and public funding agencies; managing reportage and record-keeping; ensuring that grant terms were fulfilled; and assisting senior staff with fundraising strategies.

As Interim Gifts Processing Coordinator for six weeks in 2008,
Mark processed all contributed income (donations by check, credit card, and stock, plus pledges), managed complex financial records, and generated reports.

San Francisco Symphony 2004-2007
Mark created content for major donor solicitation letters and brochures.

EDUCATION AND SPECIAL TRAINING

San Francisco Conservatory of Music
• Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance, 1992
• Bachelors of Music degree in Vocal Performance, 1990

University of Notre Dame
• College of Arts and Letters, no degree, 1983-85

The Grantsmanship Center
• “Program Planning & Proposal Writing” workshop, 1998

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Pacific Singers and Actors Workshop Since 2014
• Member, Board of Directors

Each One Reach One Since 2008
• Volunteer Performer

San Francisco Conservatory of Music 2010-14
• Volunteer, Scholarship Advisory Committee

San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocates 2001-05
• Volunteer Advocate

Latin American Chamber Music Society 2001-2004
• Member, Board of Directors

WRITING SAMPLES AND REFERENCES

Available upon request



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Information about Mark's experience with grantmakers will be furnished in response to direct inquiries only.