SUZANNE M. COHEN
A seasoned nonprofit professional and cultural worker, I possess substantial arts administration, program management, communications and resource development experience, with a record of consistent accomplishment.
Since receiving a BA in Humanities with an emphasis in Drama and a minor in English/Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, I’ve obtained certificates in Grantwriting, Strategic Fundraising and Public Relations; I remain one class shy of completing a certificate in Technical Writing and Editing. I earned a Master’s degree in Not-for-Profit Leadership from Seattle University in 1998, and in June 2015, I completed my MA in Cultural Studies at University of Washington Bothell.
Proposals I’ve written have secured funding for capital, general operating and program expenses, from both public and private funders. I assist clients in making their projects more fundable, help them with budgets, and identify prospective foundation, corporate, and governmental funders.
I’ve led successful strategic planning initiatives, as well as major gifts, staff giving and corporate sponsorship campaigns, in addition to writing hundreds of grant proposals. I specialize in strengthening and streamlining the case statement, distilling the essence of what makes an organization and its programming unique. I follow and adhere to the Association of Fundraising Professionals Code of Ethical Principles and Standards.
I am also a theatre artist who understands the business of making art, and how to leverage minimal resources for maximum impact. My academic research focuses on how audiences construct meaning, incorporating questions of representation and identity formation.