Allison Shirk is a Grant Professionals Association Approved Trainer and an instructor of grantwriting. She is the founder of Spark the Fire Grantwriting Classes and has more than twenty-five years of experience in grantwriting and nonprofit management.
Allison consults for 501 Commons, Washington Nonprofits, the Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Idaho Nonprofit Center, and the Montana Nonprofit Association. She is also a columnist for Candid.org.
Teaching Style & Approach
Devoted to teaching, Allison's classes have a friendly and inspiring tone. She explains, "My teaching practice centers around a highly interactive, student-centric learning experience."
Classes feature case-based discussions, reading, quizzes, and writing assignments. She is particularly interested in working with students "who are passionate about making a positive impact in our community and have strong writing skills.
Her online classes meet weekly via Zoom for group discussion and use course communication systems for written assignments and group discussion. Students must create an account in the online course. Google Drive is utilized for peer review of writing assignments.
"I walked away with all I expected and more! I'm inspired."
"I learned so much from your grant writing classes - can't wait to make use of my new skill and have a positive impact. I met some lovely classmates (virtually) too!"
"The class was well organized and informative, the tools and resources shared were applicable to real world scenarios, and class discussions were casual and interesting."
"Great! The coursework and videos are high quality. I appreciate how easy it is to use the coursework site."
"Allison put together a fantastic and informative course."
"Great, approachable, organized instructor. Class is great!"