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Our Services

Scribe, LLC  was created with a vision to help nonprofits grow their community impact through powerful storytelling, strategic thinking, and creative solutions.  Our comprehensive grant writing services allow nonprofits to more effectively serve their constituents.

Grant Readiness Assessment

We will conduct a comprehensive review of your organization and provide a detailed action plan to help you become grant-ready.

Grant Research

We will research funders that align with your mission and programs.  Our goal is to provide your organization with up to 20 prospective funders.

Grant Strategy and Proposal Development

This service includes prospect research, developing strategies for funding, and building relationships with funders.  We will also write a concise proposal detailing your organization's impact on your clients and community.

Grant Management

This overall management plan includes all of our services listed above plus managing your grants calendar and completing grant reports.

Grant Coaching

We will train your development staff to establish and grow your grants program.  We will work with your organization to develop a compelling story for funders, design a grant management system, and review existing grants.

Grant Transition Services

We will provide short-term grant services to your organization during an employee leave or during the hiring process for a full-time staff grant writer.

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Scribe, LLC is dedicated to helping each client achieve their fundraising goals.  Some clients come to us without having ever submitted a grant before while others have thriving programs.  Our work is centered around the individual client's needs and goals for their organization. Ultimately, our goal is to help nonprofits gain the funding they need to carry out their mission.  Here are some of the organizations we have been honored to work with recently:

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About Scribe, LLC

Our mission is to connect nonprofits to the philanthropic community by effectively sharing the organization's impact on the people they serve.

Scribe is led by Autumn Keck, a fundraising expert with over 20 years of experience in the areas of grant writing, major gift solicitation, event management, and communications.

Autumn, a graduate of North Carolina State University, began her fundraising career at Neighborhood House, a nonprofit in Wilmington, Delaware.  She went on to work at the American University Washington College of Law, The JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University, and Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines.  

Headquartered in North Carolina, Scribe has been assisting nonprofits with our grant writing services since 2011. We have raised millions of dollars by telling each organization's compelling story with a focus on the people they serve.

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Jess Pastore

Grant Writer

Jess Pastore has been supporting nonprofits as a skilled writer and fundraiser for over 15 years. She holds a Masters in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors in Urban Studies from Bryn Mawr College, and is passionate about advancing social justice, gender equity, and literacy access for all. Prior to joining Scribe, she directed fundraising at an environmental elementary school, advanced donor engagement at the national headquarters of the ACLU Foundation, and designed and implemented literacy programming at the Free Library of Philadelphia and youth writing nonprofits. Originally from rural Virginia, she currently resides in Philadelphia. 

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Ryan Rattliff

Grant Writer

Ryan Rattliff, MSW, is a Grant Writer with Scibe, LLC. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri's Social Work program with a special interest in Policy, Planning, and Administration. She has a background in mental health services and creative writing. In alignment with her personal and professional values, she is committed to increasing access to vulnerable populations through social justice and racial equity frameworks.

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Sara Cortes

Grant Writer

Sara Cortes is a strategic storyteller with a decade of experience in nonprofit development and communications. A graduate of Harvard University, she helped shape institutional messaging to engage donors and cultivate a culture of giving during the school’s $9.6B capital campaign. At Austin's Blanton Museum of Art, she expanded proposal development by 65% during COVID and led the museum's first successful proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities. As a fundraising consultant, she's led change management and corporate partnership strategy, structuring stakeholder outreach to drive these partnerships to sustaining support. She is a graduate of Harvard University and Emerson College.


Shakira O'Kane

Grant Writer

Shakira O'Kane is a graduate of Binghamton University and Emory University School of Law. She was admitted to the Illinois Bar and served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago in the Torts Division until she could no longer ignore the call to serve and give back to her community in a more substantial way. Shakira moved back to her hometown, New York City, and received a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University, and the rest was herstory. Shakira has worked in and for small and large non profit organizations, foundations and government in a variety of capacities. She is passionate about youth development, women's empowerment and social justice. She is an expert in program development and management and an experienced grant writer receiving six figure awards. She is not only a big idea person but also loves process and is a self proclaimed Data Junky. She believes that her mission is to help as many people as possible who have ideas to change the world, go from idea to implementation, making sure that they continue to put mission first.

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I thoroughly enjoyed working with Autumn Keck of Scribe LLC during my time at KIPP Charlotte Public Schools.  Autumn is the grant writer every Director of Development dreams of working with because she is an excellent thought partner, team player, and advocate.  Honestly, grant research, writing and reporting are my least favorite aspects of fundraising.  I knew I needed to hire someone who was not only strong in grant writing and management, but also loved doing it. Autumn was the perfect fit! She elevated our grants program with her detailed research, strategic thinking, and organizational skills.  Autumn helped us uncover new sources of revenue, as well as strengthen current relationships with foundations, which resulted in more dollars raised for our organization. She breathed new life into our grants program. Without a doubt, our grants program would have suffered if it wasn’t for her expertise and wealth of experience. This world needs more champions for non-profits like Autumn Keck!

Heather Moeller, Regional Director of Philanthropy, Children's Home Society

Resources for Nonprofits and Grant Professionals

Candid GuideStar

Guidestar features the most up-to-date information on more than 2.7 million nonprofits. It can help you find important data and research behind the nonprofits you are looking into.

Grant Professionals Association (GPA)

The Grant Professionals Association is the unifying body for all of those working in the grant writing field. From ethics to certification to mentoring, the GPA is an amazing resource for those getting started in grant writing.

Foundation Directory

The Foundation Directory gives the most up to date and detailed information about professional grant makers and the grants they’ve made. The Foundation Directory is a valuable resource for grant writers as it gives details that you might not be able to find anywhere else.

Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy is a magazine that covers the entirety of the nonprofit field. It can help you stay up to date on all the important happenings in the nonprofit world, and it can be a valuable resource in providing data and research.

Association of Fundraising Professionals

The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising. The core activities through which AFP fulfills this mission include education, training, mentoring, research, advocacy and certification programs.

Foundation for the Carolinas

The Foundation for the Carolinas is a valuable resource for Carolina-local grant writers and nonprofits. It features valuable resources from data to grant listings.

SHARE Charlotte

SHARE Charlotte is a valuable community hub for Charlotte based nonprofits and grant writers. The site gives up to date information on the happenings of the nonprofit industry within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region.

NC Center for Nonprofits

The North Carolina Center for Nonprofits is a great resource for NC local grant writers to stay up to date and informed with. From event listings to business finders, the NC Center for Nonprofits is a valuable tool for any grant writer.

Kids Count Data Center

Kids Count Data center is the premier source of data on children and families. The site allows users to filter and search through data that could be invaluable in writing grants or conducting nonprofit research.

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