Allison Shirk

Instructor Allison Shirk photo - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

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

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.