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 a good deal of detail that might tell you about what I do, but if you are chomping at the bit to hear what someone else says, have a look at this link. Back when I was working more on nonprofit projects, I was provided this rather spontaneous news piece that I still think is rather nice.


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 I can do a lot with words. Here are a few summaries of creative adventures. They mirror what’s in my resume, which is downloadable above.


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 line business models and what is today called 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 grew from $600,000 to some $14 million today. 

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 for loved ones lost to 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 original 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 California legislature is returning to this realization and has begun looking for ways to do the same. Our model remains active and important.


  • 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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