Working with the nonprofit sector since 2002, Karen Benning has provided extensive grant writing services in a variety of subject areas, with an emphasis in health and human services. She has also worked as a Community Action Director and as an Executive Director, with emphasis on capacity building, strategic planning, resource development and partnership building. Ms. Benning has also facilitated collaborative efforts to launch local early childhood initiatives, and provided technical assistance to startup and other nonprofit organizations. Her grant writing efforts have raised more than $8 million for government, tribal, and nonprofit entities. With an MFA in creative writing, she has also published a variety of essays and articles and has received national recognition for her writing. Her bachelor’s degree in business administration, combined with her early career as a CPA, give her a combination of skills that well serves organizations looking to build capacity and expand operations.