More and more these days, funders are looking to invest in collaborative efforts ranging from the intensely structured “Collective Impact” approaches to a simple requirement that there be partners involved. While working independently can allow you to be more streamlined and reduce the headaches of obtaining multiple signatures, conducting endless meetings, and considering different approaches, […]
About Sheila Simpson
Sheila Simpson is the Manager of GrantsEdge. For the past 17 years, Sheila served as a Program Manager for the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Sheila has reviewed thousands of grant applications and brings a funder’s lens to her work at GrantsEdge. She is a co-creator and facilitator of the GrantsEdge Live workshop and shares her knowledge of grant writing through her posts on the GrantsEdge blog. Sheila’s also our resident GrantsEdge Coach. Using her experience as a funder, Sheila provides detailed feedback to GrantsEdge coaching clients to help them improve their grant applications. Sheila was raised on a farm, and even though she has lived over two-thirds of her life in the city, she’s really a country girl at heart.
Entries by Sheila Simpson
In my previous work as a funder, I always looked forward to seeing progress reports and final reports. Report time provided an exciting opportunity to celebrate the success of the projects that organizations had worked so hard to implement. It also proved to be a time that strengthened our relationships with agencies, as we took […]
When I was growing up my mother always told me not to use the word “hate”. I remember the passion with which she would scold us when she heard it slip from our lips. Over time, and as I grew older, the word “hate” just wasn’t part of my vernacular. It wasn’t until about 10 […]
It was a rainy and cold Tuesday morning and I had just made my way into the office. As a funder, I loved my job. I loved connecting with community organizations and doing everything possible to support them in their incredible work. But this particular Tuesday, I felt tired and wasn’t at all energized about […]
Many of my favourite memories, from working as a Program Manager at the Ontario Trillium Foundation, relate to meeting with potential grant applicants. I’ve sat in coffee shops, at kitchen tables, on park benches, and in boardrooms meeting with people who had ideas to transform the community. There were lots of laughs, a few tears, […]