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nDash Writer Profile for Catherine Ashton

Catherine Ashton


About Me

 am a results-oriented fundraising consultant and writer who thrives off the fusion of relationship building, business development writing, and marketing. I fell in love with fundraising and writing after completing my English Literature degree. I am as energized by asking a prospect for $50,000 as I am creating an Excel dashboard or writing compelling web content. 

I help nonprofit organizations and businesses increase revenue while creating authentic, lasting relationships with their constituents and telling their story.  Whether I’m writing a $250,000 RFP or project managing a major event, I thrive off of creatively solving problems. That’s how I increased event revenue 125% in one year while working as Development Director of a private school, and why I had 80% of my grant proposals funded while working with an education nonprofit in Chicago.

When I’m away from my desk, I’m searching out a great glass of whiskey, hiking with my rescue pit bull, or knitting a sweater for my infant daughter.  

Industries I Write About

Events Services

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Writing & Editing

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Civic & Social Organization

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Nonprofit Organization Management

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My Writing Samples

Nonprofit Annual Report

I wrote and produced this innovative annual report for a K-12 private school in Austin, TX.


Sponsorship Packet

I wrote and produced this sponsorship packet and secured $20,000 to underwrite a fundraising benefit.


Grant Boilerplate

I created this grant boilerplate for an education nonprofit in Chicago, IL.


Thank You Letter Template

I created a thank you letter template that could easily be customized by my client.


Fundraising Appeal Letter

I wrote an annual fund appeal letter that told a compelling story, and that could be customized for segmented mailing lists.


Crowdfunding Copy

I helped a client tell his story in a clear, compelling way to launch a successful crowdfunding campaign.



Fundraising Consultant and Grant Writer

Work with local and international clients on fundraising, grant writing, and content marketing. Write appeal letters, newsletters, capital campaign prospectuses, case statements, blog posts, and web content.Collaborate with clients to identify grant opportunities and populate pipeline; research and write grants; adhere to grants calendar to meet deadlines.Establish boilerplate proposals and reports; assess and strengthen grant proposals.

Company: Self Employed

I worked there from 1/2010 until now

Languages I Write In

Content I Write

Ideas and Pitches I Wrote

The Bataan Death March: A Heartbreaking Look at Forgotten History

Storytelling is at the heart of any nonprofit. The story of the Bataan Death March is vivid snapshot of WWII. This series of three 500 word blog posts will explore the history, implications, and learnings of the Bataan Death March including how a fight that lasted only 99 days led to the largest army under United States command to ever surrender. The blog posts will explore the history and significance of the death march as well as illustrate how this event impacts the way we remember WWII.

Content type: Blog Post

Keywords: blog post,nonprofit storytelling,nonprofit blog post