Our Founder

Shavonn Richardson, MBA, GPC

Grant Professional | Thought Leader | Speaker | Nonprofit Guru

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Relieve the oppressed.

Isaiah 1:17

"I am passionate about improving our communities, one grant at a time."


Shavonn helps nonprofits transform their grant seeking strategy and win grants.  As a fresh voice in grant writing, she injects a dynamic blend of funder experience, business savvy, and a family legacy of service into the grant professionals industry.

As Founder and CEO of Think and Ink Grant Consulting ™, Shavonn specializes in supporting nonprofits focused on women, children, health, and education.  Shavonn and her team have over 50 years of combined experience in grant research, grant writing, nonprofit consulting, grant management, and grant evaluation services. 

Her clients include universities, health care organizations, and large 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations across the country. Shavonn has helped clients deploy over $25 million in funding.

In her prior role as a Corporate Social Responsibility Project Manager at Bank of America, Shavonn helped distribute $1.2 million in funding to Atlanta nonprofits. She has reviewed countless applications forming an up close and personal view of best practices -- and common pitfalls -- that nonprofits make when applying for funding.

Shavonn regularly publishes on LinkedIn and is a thought leader in the Forbes Business Council. She continues to guide and engage her followers through her YouTube channel and blog topics like "Why are Logic Models Important?" and "5 Questions Every Funder Will Ask on an Application". She gives back by supporting emerging nonprofits in her Get.Grants.Better.® Facebook Group.

Not only does she talk the talk as an industry advisor, Shavonn walks the walk as a nonprofit leader. After losing her grandfather to prostate cancer in 2014, she identified a need for women and caregivers to access resources to support their loved ones. Shavonn and her mother, Valerie Crawford-Schiele, co-founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Blue Flowers Org a month after their loss. Blue Flowers Org's mission is to empower women and men in their lives against prostate cancer. Shavonn's work led Blue Flowers Org to win 100% of grants submitted.

Shavonn, the 4th generation of her family committed to giving back to the community, is preceded by women that were trailblazers and changemakers ahead of their time.

Her maternal great-grandmother, Odessa King-Jones, was a life-long member and secretary of the Negro Actor's Guild of America (NAG) founded in Harlem, NY, in 1936. 

Active during the height of the Harlem Rennasaince, the Guild's mission was to eliminate racial discrimination in the theatrical and movie industries. It was a benevolent organization that provided financial and social resources for African-American entertainers. NAG dissolved in 1982 as the entertainment industry became increasingly integrated.

Her paternal great-grandmother, Lillie Mereday Crawford-Walters, broke barriers by serving as the first female President of the Marcus Garvey Cultural Club in Harlem, NY, part of the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA). She previously was the only woman invited as part of the US delegation to Jamaica to participate in the unveiling of the bust of Marcus Garvey on Nov. 4, 1956. 

Shavonn's grandmother, Barbara Crawford, is a registered nurse by trade and regularly opened her home to those in need. Shavonn grew up watching her grandmother care and provide shelter to women and their children in transitionary phases of their lives, those experiencing impacts from strokes and similar experiences, and members of the senior community unable to care for themselves.

Shavonn's mother, Valerie Crawford-Schiele, is Co-Founder of the nonprofit organization Blue Flowers Org. She has dedicated her life to advancing the cause for caregivers and those they care for. She is an active member of the Junior League of Washington.

Negro Actors Guild

Odessa King-Jones (first seat far left, first row)

U.S. Delegation to Jamaica

Lille Mereday Crawford-Walters (middle)

Shavonn, continuing her legacy, gets grants for her clients successfully leveraging over $25 million in funding.


In 2015, Shavonn's work was recognized by President Barack H. Obama as she received the President's Volunteer Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service.  She has been featured in several media outlets such as Voyage ATL, Cure Magazine, and Health Connect South Radio

Shavonn has been a member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) and the Georgia Grant Professionals Association (GGPA) Chapter since 2016. In 2017, she was recognized as an Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Diversity Fellow. 

She has had the privilege to participate as a speaker at the 2017 and 2018 Southern Regional Grant Conference hosted by the Georgia Grant Professionals Association.  She continued her service and served as Chair of the Southern Regional Grant Conference Social Media Committee in 2020.  Shavonn is also a member of the Junior League of Atlanta and has volunteered her time as their Corporate Giving/Sponsorships and Grants Chair.

Shavonn earned an M.B.A. from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, and B.B.A. from Howard University in Washington, DC.  Shavonn is one of less than 400 grant professionals nationwide to earn the prestigious GPC (Grant Professional Certified) credential.

She enjoys spending time with her husband, two children, and dog Lynx in her spare time.  She practices yoga, prefers red wine over white wine, and loves to travel to remote vacation destinations to enjoy outdoor adventures.

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