About Tori O’Neal-McElrath

Tori O’Neal-McElrath brings more than 20 years of experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit arenas, having served in various capacities: board member, consultant, executive director, grantmaker, senior and mid level staff, and volunteer.

Prior to launching O’Neal Consulting Services in 2000, Tori was the Program Director for a funding collaboration in Southern California. Prior to that, she was the Director of Special Programs at The San Diego, where she was tasked to create a new department focused on individual giving (scholarships), community funds, and capacity building for nonprofit organizations with endowments at the foundation. Her nonprofit experience includes Executive Director for The Price Scholarship Program, Vice President for Development at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, and Associate Development Director at The College Fund/UNCF in Los Angeles.

Most recently, Tori was tapped by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management to write the 3rd Edition of Winning Grants, Step by Step. The book, published by Jossey-Bass, will be released in late August 2008.

Tori is a member of various philanthropic and nonprofit professional organizations including: Alliance for Nonprofit Management (the Alliance), Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Black Philanthropic Alliance (BPA), Maryland Nonprofits, the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers (NNCG) and Organizational Development Network.

She also participates as a leader and volunteer with nonprofit and civic organizations. Currently, she is a co-chair of the new 1KClub at the Washington Area Women’s Foundation. The 1KClub’s mission is to engage a new legion of women philanthropists and is targeting 1,000 women in the Washington Metropolitan Area to give $1,000 over two years, which will translate into $1 million in unrestricted revenue to The Women’s Foundation, and 1,000 women of all ages, races and ethnicities as philanthropists in their own right. Tori is also a Diamond Life member of Delta Sigma Theta, Potomac Valley Chapter and a member of Jack & Jill of Montgomery County Maryland Chapter.

Tori can be reached directly at tori@onealconsult.com.

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