Mark Hernandez

Experience, Skill, and Passion — On Stage and Off

CURRENT CLIENTS

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Mark is writing the case statement for the
Strategic Vision and Plan.

San Francisco Opera

Since 2000, Mark has been the Company’s "go to" freelance writer for special projects. His writing has been used extensively to raise money; sell tickets and subscriptions; and inform and entertain patrons. He has created content for proposals, grant applications, newsletters, program magazines, solicitation letters, marketing campaigns, and public remarks. Depending on project requirements, he has worked independently; in collaboration with individuals or departments; or as manager of small teams.



FORMER CLIENTS


San Francisco Ballet 2001-02

As Interim Institutional Gifts Manager, Mark managed a $2.5 million portfolio of foundation and public funding grants for nearly a year. His duties included writing new and renewal 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 Conservatory of Music 2010, 2000

In 2010, Mark served as Interim Foundations Coordinator for four weeks, managing a $1 million portfolio of foundation and public funding grants. His duties included writing original and renewal requests (funded from $5,000 to $43,000), managing reportage, and assisting senior staff with fundraising strategies.

In 2000, Mark created the initial foundation prospect list for the organization's capital campaign.


San Francisco Opera 2005, 2002, 1992-2000

In 2005, Mark served as Interim Director of Institutional Gifts for over four months, managing a $3.5 million portfolio of foundation and public funding grants. His duties included writing new and renewal requests (funded from $2,500 to $250,000); prospect research; maintaining client relations; managing reportage and record-keeping; ensuring that grant terms were fulfilled; and assisting senior staff with fundraising strategies.

In 2002, Mark served as Interim Gifts Processing Coordinator for six weeks. In this capacity, he processed all contributed income (donations by check, credit card, and stock, plus pledges), managed complex financial records, and generated reports.

From 1992 to 2000, Mark held full-time positions, working his way from Administrative Assistant to Grant Writer to Development Staff Writer and Associate Manager of Institutional Gifts. His major duties included co-managing a $2.5 million portfolio of foundation and public funding grants; writing original and renewal requests (funded from $2,000 to $850,000); tending to reportage and record-keeping; prospect research; assisting with fundraising strategies; and creating unified written content across multiple departments.

Other Freelance Experience

Mark has worked for other Bay Area institutions, listed below. His duties have included grant writing (new and original asks funded from $1,000 to $15,000); grant management and reportage; content creation for marketing and capital campaigns; program planning; and prospect research.

California Shakespeare Theater 2001

Cantabile 2000

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library 2008

Ghiberti Foundation / Grace Cathedral 2013-14

Magic Theatre 2002

Merola Opera Program 2001-05

Mexican Museum 2000

Museum of Craft and Folk Art 2004 (since closed)

Saint Brigid School Honor Choir 2011

San Francisco Classical Voice 2011-12

San Francisco Lyric Opera 2004

San Francisco Symphony 2004-07


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.