About Grants Northwest and Michael Wells

I’m in the process of retiring, after 27 years of consulting. I may occasionally work with clients in the Portland area who have interesting projects, but I am not seeking work. It’s been a great life, I’ve worked with amazing people and organizations doing wonderful things. I’ve been able to help them to develop new projects and get them funded, which I hope has made Oregon a better place to live. Thank you to everybody who helped make this wonderful career possible.  I’ll continue to write, including new editions of my Nonprofit Finances and Program Evaluation books.

Grants Northwest is the business name for professional grantwriter Michael Wells. Michael has been consulting on grants since 1987, helping over 100 nonprofit organizations, American Indian tribes and local governments to raise over $150 million. Clients have included organizations in the arts, aging, alcohol and drug services, community action, education, the environment, healthcare, housing, women’s services, youth and minority services.

Michael has a Masters Degree in Humanities and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive and Grant Professional Certified. He has taught Grantwriting at Portland State University since 1992 and has trained over 1200 students. He has been a presenter at national conferences for the Grant Professionals Association (several years), the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Council for Nonprofit Innovation. In the Pacific Northwest he has presented or trained for Technical Assistance for Community Services (TACS), Willamette Valley Development Officers (WVDO), Puget Sound Grantwriter’s Association, CNRG and the Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington among others.

On a national level, Michael is a former board member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) where he was Treasurer for 4 years and chaired the 2002 national conference in Portland. He is a past board member and president of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI) where he was heavily involved in developing the GPC certification process.

In other writing, Michael is the author of three nonprofit management books: Strategic Grantsmanship; Understanding Nonprofit Finances (out of print – being revised and reissued); and Successful Program Evaluation (which is for sale on this site). He was editor of Charity Channel’s online Grants and Foundation Review for seven years and is still a contributor, to see some of his articles click this link.

Michael loves to travel with his wonderful wife Julie — favorite destinations have included India, Bali, Machu Picchu, Europe, Thailand, the Galapagos Islands and the Serengeti as well as several places in the US, Canada and Mexico. Julie is Oregon’s premier yoga teacher. Besides travel, they love spending time with family and grandkids, dancing and going to theater and dance performances.

Michael has been a runner, dogged if not fast, for almost 40 years (his Hood to Coast team was the Running Dogs). He is a compulsive reader and generally has 2 or more books going. He also works out, does some yoga and meditates.

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About our affiliations

Those logos across the bottom of each page are outstanding organizations Michael belongs to, or which have granted him certification.
is the national membership organization of grantwriters.
is the membership organization of fundraising professionals in the Greater Portland area.
is an internationally recognized certification of competency in fundraising.
is the national certification of grantwriters.

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