Denise Roberts

Denise Roberts brings decades of experience as a facilitator, community assessment expert, writer, editor, researcher, fundraiser, and classroom teacher serving the needs of diverse community members. She knows both perspectives of the nonprofit management and financing process, from those who provide funding to those who seek it.

Before moving to Sarasota, Florida, in 1994, Denise was Associate Executive Director for Cleveland (Ohio) Scholarship Programs, Inc., where she managed fundraising, strategic planning, and marketing and coordinated college application and scholarship advisors for low-income public high school students.

In Sarasota, Denise directed grant-making programs at The Venice Foundation — the predecessor of today's Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Here she facilitated the work of board members and hundreds of volunteers in assessing community needs, managed grant-making activities, and coordinated public relations. She later served as Chief Development Officer for Child Development Center — the predecessor of today's Florida Center for Early Childhood — where she directed all fundraising activities and led the agency in winning accreditation by two major national agencies. She served as Executive Director of Family Law Connection where she improved all systems and processes and worked with the board to find the right partners to facilitate a merger of legal aid service providers. Denise later directed special projects for Jewish Family and Children's Service, winning more than $30 million in grants supporting services to families, seniors, children, veterans, and other groups and lead the Council on Accreditation reaccreditation process.

As the owner of her own consulting firm since 2012, she has helped many nonprofit clients in human services, education, and the arts develop successful strategies; win grants to support programs and operations; develop strategic, fundraising, and communications plans; and create systems to guide community impact measurement.

Denise earned a Bachelor of Arts in English — Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude — from Kenyon College in Ohio and advanced continuing education credits in asset-based community development, fundraising, and nonprofit management. She completed coursework at John Carroll University to hold Ohio teaching certification in English (grades 7–12) and in Reading (K–12).

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