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Our mission is to help nonprofits harness their grant potential. 

About Our Founder

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Jacquee Kurdas

Founder & Principal Consultant

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Inspired by fireweed - nature’s purposeful solution to fire or flood - I founded Bloom Grant Consulting to help nonprofits harness their grant potential. What started as a solo venture has grown into a small but mighty team of passionate people.  We offer a range of services that include: leading all grant writing efforts as your outsourced teammate, building new grant programs, developing content or boilerplate, creating grant trackers and calendars, researching and qualifying funders, providing coaching, and more. 

As Principal Consultant, I collaborate with others to offer efficient services to my clients. Our team of experts work to provide excellent services to our clients.

Meet the Team


Alex Selvey | Grant Consultant

Alex brings a programs perspective to fundraising. Prior to working at Bloom, he managed several environmental restoration projects focused on river restoration and salmon habitat recovery- program execution, tracking grant deliverables, and seeking funding for new and existing projects. At Bloom, Alex work with clients to use these skills to craft compelling proposals and has secured over $1M in funding. He holds a Bachelor of Science with focuses in Anthropology and Natural Resource Management from Ball State University. His hobbies include climbing, biking, and cooking. 

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Allison Roberts | Prospect Researcher

Allison joins Bloom with over 20+ years of non-profit experience in strategic planning, management and
prospect research. She has worked on a variety of fundraising campaigns ranging from $2 million to
$125 million. She enjoys weaving together the “science” of fund development with the “art” element to uncover funders and create meaningful donor engagement strategies to discern what inspires donors to make significant gifts for the greatest impact. A life-long learner and graduate of the University of Washington in International Relations, Allison
enjoys exploring the world around her. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, her hobbies include
hiking, gardening, and travelling.

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Terri Pimblett | Administrative Assistant

A skilled communicator and Jack-Of-All-Trades, Terri is Bloom Grant Consulting's Administrative Assistant. Coming to us from Faria Virtual Assistants Inc., Terri and her team help business owners to stay on top of their game and strive for greatness. Terri studied formally at Carleton University in Ontario, Canada, exploring both Communications and Film Studies. Being a performer at heart, she also trained as an Actor at the George Brown College Conservatory for Theatre Performance. When away from both the stage and her laptop, Terri is a foodie-extraordinaire and social butterfly.

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Cecily Upton | Grant Associate

Cecily joins Bloom with 15+ years of nonprofit experience ranging from executive leadership, strategy, policy and advocacy, programs, and fundraising. Most recently, as the Co-Founder of FoodCorps, Cecily helped grow the organization to a budget of $20 million, connecting thousands of kids to healthy food in schools across the country. At Bloom, Cecily supports clients by powerfully communicating their impact, finding new funding opportunities, and ensuring effective grant management. Cecily co-owns Friends & Family, a wine bar in Portland, ME. She enjoys hiking, skiing, gardening, and adventuring with her partner, Michael, and her 7-year old, Lola.

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Mindi Gandara | Grant Consultant

Mindi Gandara is a native Texan with long-time connections to the Pacific Northwest and Hawai'i. Her grant writing and development work centers inclusion, access, and maximizing resources for nonprofit organizations in the Pacific Northwest and Hawai'i. Mindi is also a program designer and project manager for organizations like East Creek Art (Willamina, OR), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and Pu'uhonua Society (Honolulu, HI). Outside of work, Mindi can be found making small hand built sculptures and/or swimming to the windsock at Kaimana Beach.

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Interested in joining the team? Contact us to learn about our open positions. 

"Jacquee is an inspiring visionary. She brings grit, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, and integrity to her work and has one of the most outstanding work ethics of anyone I know."

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