David (aka Coach Dave) is a self-professed nonprofit nerd with over 25 years of experience in the sector. During that time he has played virtually every role possible in an organization: volunteer, direct service provider, program manager, grant writer, development director, founder, executive director, board member, and, for the past seven years, management and fundraising consultant. He established ASSIST Consulting in 2015 as a way to achieve his life’s mission, which is to help charitable organizations achieve their missions.
During his career Coach Dave has designed and raised millions of dollars in funding for programs and initiatives that have benefited tens of thousands of individuals nationwide. His experience includes work with startups (Power Moves, Leadership through Sports, Harbor Lights Theater Company), community-based organizations (Project Reach Youth, Youth Empowerment Mission, Fresh Youth Initiatives, Sesame Flyers International), intermediaries (Partnership for After School Education, Up2Us, Youth Development Institute), government officials (NYC Council, U.S. Department of Justice, AmeriCorps), and major corporations (Dick’s Sporting Goods, Mercedes Benz).
In a past life, Coach Dave was a freelance writer and editor and covered professional sports, arts, politics and held editorships at two award-winning community newspapers, Gotham Gazette and Black Reign News. He has written and published poetry, short stories, maintained a literary website and curated a short fiction competition. A lifelong sports lover, Coach Dave has spent his entire adulthood mentoring young people through sports and has volunteered as a basketball, soccer and football coach. In 2009 he co-founded LTS, Staten Island’s first and only sports-based youth development organization. His sports background has had a major influence on his professional work, as it fuels his desire to be a team player, use positive coaching strategies to develop talent, and to always try to make the “pass that leads to the score.”
David studied communications at Howard University and has a certificate in Child and Youth Services from Baruch University’s Emerging Leaders Program. He also completed the internationally-recognized Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential program and is a member of the Association for Fundraising Professionals, the American Grant Writers, Association, and the Association for Nonprofit Specialists. He lives in Staten Island, New York with his wife and two children.
Ross Miranti, Associate
Grant Writer’s Corps, 2014-15
Ross has been constantly involved in the nonprofit sector since the early 2000s when he was an idealistic undergraduate advocating for social justice in Latin America. Since then, he has done research, fundraising, and program management on a range of causes that matter to him, such as sustainability, the environment, economic development, and animal rights. With an MA in international affairs from the New School and experience living, working, and studying on four continents, much of his work has focused on these issues from a global perspective. His last stint abroad was in Liberia as program manager for Imani House, inc. from 2012 to 2013. He continues to support Imani’s health and literacy programs as a board advisor.
Ross has a knack for prospect research, development planning, project evaluation, and grant writing. He has recently helped raise funds for organizations in such fields as youth development (Fresh Youth Initiatives), animal protection (the Humane Research Council), and the performing arts (the Harbor Lights Theater Company). His varied experience in the nonprofit world has helped him to understand how important a ‘culture of philanthropy’ is in the process of creating social change; organizations have a greater impact and attract more supporters when their staff and board can clearly articulate their needs-centered case for support and there is open collaboration between development, communications, and program operations.
Jane Nopachinda, Associate
Grant Writer’s Corps, 2014-15
Jane has been immersed and invested in progressive change of America’s social sector since 2010, concentrating in community development of underserved neighborhoods New York City. She has experience in grant writing, prospect research and strategic development. Jane spearheaded her first fundraising campaign as an Events Planner for the Dietetics Club at CUNY Lehman College where she encouraged local food and urban farming in the Bronx. Since then, she has provided new sources of revenue for charter schools in the South Bronx and Harlem through restoration of local community gardens with The Bubble Foundation. She also utilized government resources in public beautification projects with title I middle school students to improve quality of life in her hometown of Queens.
In 2013, She began her venture as a Freelance Grant Writer while simultaneously attaining a Certificate in Fundraising at New York University’s School of Continuing Professional Studies. She has worked with organizations of all scopes and in fields such as youth development, health and arts & culture. She has aided organizations (Time In, Up2Us, Fencing in the Schools, Tender Touch, and more…) in expanding their fundraising portfolios through prospect research, paired with evaluation-based proposal writing. She also provides guidance on how to successfully leverage new and existing resources such as online crowdfunding with a goal of modernizing philanthropic processes in the workplace.
Jane continues to engage in community development through her interest in the culture of coworking spaces in New York City. She has enriched the networks of socially minded businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs through her volunteer work at The Centre for Social Innovation and QNS Collective to create meaningful collaborations and leverage existing resources that facilitates social impact.