Episode 13


Episode 13 - AI's Impact on Grant Writing with Joanna Drew


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Engage with AI technology as a catalyst for positive change in grant writing! 

Meet Joanna Drew, founder of Hilo Consulting. Hilo Consulting boasts a decade of global expertise, facilitating over $1,000,000 in client funding. Their adept team orchestrates comprehensive grant processes—from research to administration—with finesse honed by diverse international engagements. 

Starting today’s conversation, Joanna shares her journey from navigating fundraising roles internationally to founding her consulting firm amid the pandemic. Also, she reflects on the challenges and inequalities in the philanthropic sector. As the discussion unfolds, she explores the implications of AI adoption in grant writing, from enhancing efficiency to potentially reshaping traditional grant funding structures. She shares her belief in the potential of technology to revolutionize the sector while acknowledging the importance of responsible stewardship and ethical considerations. 

Embracing a techno-optimistic perspective, Joanna emphasizes the importance of leaning into curiosity over fear and actively participating in shaping the future of AI development and utilization. Moreover, she envisions a future where responsible AI adoption leads to a more equitable distribution of resources and fosters authentic human connections within the philanthropic ecosystem. 





Nathan Chappell

As a thought leader, public speaker, author and inventor, Nathan is one of the world’s foremost experts on the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and philanthropy. Nathan serves as Senior Vice President of DonorSearch AI, where he leads AI deployments for some of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations. Nathan’s subject matter expertise has been featured in several publications, including Fast Company, University of Notre Dame and the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy. In 2021, Nathan founded Fundraising.Ai as a member-centric collaboration of nonprofit professionals with a focus on data ethics, data equality, privacy and security, sustainability. Nathan presented the first TEDx on the topic of artificial intelligence and the future of generosity in 2018. Nathan is a member of the Forbes Technology Council and holds a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from University of Notre Dame, an MBA from University of Redlands, a certificate in International Economics from University of Cambridge and a certificate in Artificial Intelligence from MIT.

Scott Rosenkrans

Scott Rosenkrans is the Assistant Vice President of DonorSearch Ai and has been with the organization for three years. He began his journey in the nonprofit sector twelve years ago as a prospect researcher. He quickly became fascinated with data as he noticed the organization that he previously worked for was amassing a wealth of information but was unsure how to efficiently use the data and resources to its full potential. This led him to become interested in predictive modeling and data analytics. During this time, he began to create an immense commitment to delivering tailor-made machine learning models to nonprofits.

The thing that Scott loves most about working for DonorSearch is the ability to prioritize what is best for the client and nonprofit sector above all else. He believes that growth is our most important core value because the DSAi team continuously evolves and brings a unique perspective that provides value to our clients. He stays ahead of industry trends because of his insatiable drive to constantly try out new things.

Favorite nonprofit: Shriner’s Children Hospital because of their extreme commitment to providing exceptional medical care, while also alleviating the financial burdens on families.