Allan Shore  INNOVATION RESUME. View below a few tidbits of my experience, or enjoy the full PDF version: ASHOREJuly2016InnovResume

  • Freelance Grant / Contract / Project Developer
  • Writing and Business Innovations
  • Empowerment FICTION, Scripts, Short Stories 

My resume contains but if you are chomping at the bit, here is a sample reference of sorts. A story of me offered by a fine person I had the chance to work with a while ago:

Innovation has returned as a hot commodity. While I like that for many reasons, it mostly validates the concept that the future will be a place where nonprofit, for-profit and advocacy blend their values in the hunt for a balance of profit and purpose. My primary skill set revolves around writing grant proposals, developing business enterprise packages and enveloping advocacy and communication materials with effective smart messages of change.

Then again, I’m a freelance consultant writer. Which means that while I’ve been fortunate in my career to have demonstrated my passions in many ways, including by engaging millions in worthy projects, securing millions of dollars in grants, and by showing that caring and compassion have a place in the emerging games and technologies of opportunity, I can do a good deal with words. 

Here are a few examples of creative adventures. They mirror what’s in my resume:


EARLY SOCIAL AND HEALTH ROIs (1989-1992): Early in my career, I helped set the stage for what has become a teeter-totter of the power and potential of fair and balanced financial and investment change – the idea that is the girding for double or triple bottom lines and ultimately some of what is today Impact Investing. I wrote one of the first grant requests (to Jed Emerson, that put Rubicon Programs (.org) in Richmond, CA, on the course of using business enterprise approaches to secure money for their forward-looking nonprofit commercial ventures. The agency built on these early efforts, and we grew the agency from $600,000 to some $14 million today. The key part of this is that these early efforts affirmed the importance of making sure that the nonprofit enterprises have a balanced place on the teeter-totter of this new perspective on venture investing.

IT TOOK VILLAGES BACK THEN (1994-1997): Before there was a World AIDS Day (what some see as corporate-comfortable activism), thousands of people took to their villages, towns, and urban neighborhoods on a given day to march in the light of their candles of justice to give recognition to those living with the often horrible sentences of AIDS. For two years I coordinated out of San Francisco the hundreds of events that were the basis of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorials – a major event that could have given the Bush presidencies their conviction to deal with global HIV concerns. (We got them to put candles in the White House windows at a time when so many refused to acknowledge the issue.) As of last year, this project was still happening in over 1,000 locations at a much less visible level than other celebrity presentations for dealing with those who live out the consequences of poor and uninformed health challenges.

TAKE YOUR DAUGHTERS TO EQUALITY (1998-1999): As the first executive director of an Oakland-based gender and racial justice nonprofit, I had the sometimes frustrating pleasure of being part of the team the created the first Take Our Daughters To Work Day events. The Oakland Men’s Project was asked to fulfill one of the underlying advocacy intentions of this event: designing workshops to help men and boys learn how to be champions and allies for gender fairness, respect and justice in the workplace. Over 40 million people have participated so far.

EARLY CHILDHOOD ENTERPRISES (2002-2004): In the year 2000, regional Bay Area governments were starting to fight for a goal that remains paramount today: having sufficient resources and strategies to ensure Preschool for All. As a consultant for Solano First 5, I helped design and secure funding for an original home-based child care and academic professional development initiative that offered an impressive way for valuing local childcare businesses that were seeking to sell their models for academic readiness. Some 60% of families prefer these settings though they can be difficult to find. This year the Calif. Legislature is returning to this realization and has begun looking for ways to do the same. Our model remains active and important.


Here are some specific contract projects: 

  • Capitol Region Economic Council (Hartford, CT): Designed and detailed a complex federal grant application for bringing multi-site advances in physical and nutritional education programs to diverse magnet school campuses. The project’s design sought to integrate quickly advancing personal technologies into elementary and middle/high school PW and wellness activities. Our $750,000 request scored high but was not funded; it is to be submitted again in April/May 2014.
  • Black Economic Council, Pacific Gas & Electric (Oakland, CA): Created a demand-based services and energy efficiency proposal for bringing minority, women and disadvantaged small contractors and skilled workers of color into California’s mandated energy transformational steps. I wrote a comprehensive operational strategy plan (seeking $500,000) to radically modify the state’s implementation efforts to overcome discriminatory and unfair contracting, project award and consumer use strategies.
  • Musical Health Technologies (Santa Barbara, CA): Developed a successful LOI response package to enable this for-profit business to compete for nonprofit funding to develop software adaptations of a lyrical, song and singing therapeutic application for persons and caregivers living with degenerative brain conditions like Alzheimer’s. The LOI was approved but the final project was not funded.
  • First 5 Solano County (Solano County, CA): Wrote successful $630,000 grant to help provide quality improvement training and coordination for a collection of infant/toddler and preschools across Solano County. Drafted narrative elements of region’s California CARES Plus Phase II initiative to offer college and professional skills advancement to early childhood educators and childcare personnel. This project included sections on using online training and gaming tools for learning. The proposal was identified as being the best written and prepared package the state had received on this topic and has subsequently been used by other locales.



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