The social sector needs honest and impactful stories… and engaged and energized staff and leaders to tell those stories.


“I hired Katie McCleary as a grant-writer, but I got so much more. Katie brings deep expertise in strategic planning, program development, and community building. She has made our organization stronger and our impact greater all while bringing in critical financial resources.” —Emily Butler, CEO, Sacramento Splash


As the founding Executive Director of a successful social enterprise (916 Ink) I know what it takes to build a high-impact, well-branded, and robust business from NOTHING. I understand the stress of managing multiple projects, fundraising, marketing, rallying your overworked and underpaid team, and consistently being visible in the marketplace to gain the support of donors and champions.

A key part of this job is generating multiple stories of impact that show your mission and vision in action. Sometimes, these stories become stale and they need fresh eyes to see if they still resonate with your audiences.

Clients include:

  • Sacramento Region Community Foundation

  • American Leadership Forum, Mountain Valley Chapter

  • Mutual Housing California

  • Crocker Art Museum

  • Sacramento Splash

  • Sacramento Public Library Foundation

  • 916 Ink

  • Folsom Prison

  • University of the Pacific

I provide:

  1. Tailored writing workshops for organizations to help staff explore the importance of their work, why they give so much to the organization, and how they can tell their “why” story to donors and supporters.

  2. Tailored writing workshops for organizations who help young people tell their story. As youth development practitioners, we need to understand our own vulnerable stories before we can expect young people to open and tell their own.

  3. Tailored writing workshops for your clients. For example, I’ve offered scholarship essay writing workshops for young men of color to helping 40 men at Folsom Prison heal through writing.

Cost Varies.