Ghiberti Foundation / Grace Cathedral Since 2012
Mark is writing original and renewal grant applications (funded from $5,000 to $15,000) and grant reports; advising on fundraising strategies and program planning; and assisting with prospect research.
San Francisco Opera Since 2000
Mark is San Francisco Opera’s "go to" freelance writer for special projects. His writing has been used extensively to raise money; sell tickets and subscriptions; and keep patrons informed about company activities. 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.
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 1992-2005
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 $650,000); grant management and reportage; content creation for marketing and capital campaigns; program planning; and prospect research.
California Shakespeare Theater 2001
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library 2008
Magic Theatre 2002
Merola Opera Program 2001-2005
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 2004-2007
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
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