David Steven Rappoport is a non-profit professional with more than 30 years of experience. He works nationally with state, regional, and tribal governments, institutions, businesses, and philanthropies. His practice focuses primarily on opportunity research and the development of complex, high-dollar private and public proposals to fund health care, education, economic development, and other mission areas, as well as related facilitation, planning and analysis. He frequently works with institutions on special projects, such as capital campaigns and strategic planning. He has been both a grant maker and a grant writer, affording him a robust understanding of how funders think and operate.
He was the Senior Program Officer of Maine's largest health care foundation, the Maine Health Access Foundation. There, his responsibilities included design of the initial grant making processes for the Foundation, and subsequent management of grant making for more than 288 awards totaling $21,198,000. He also managed a number of evaluation efforts. His work also involved significant health care systems change efforts.
David has served as the Director of Development in an urban community health center system. Earlier, as a principal of Development Solutions Group, he worked with clients in thirteen states to develop programs, and wrote applications to HUD, HRSA, and other federal agencies, as well as state agencies. This work primarily involved HOPWA and Continuum of Care. As an administrator of community-based AIDS clinical trials in Philadelphia, he managed multi-million dollar private and public research contracts.
He also has extensive experience as a trainer and facilitator. He developed and taught workshops in change management, grant writing, and fundraising for more than ten years. He holds two Masters’ degrees – one a M.S. in Management from Antioch New England Graduate School, and the other a M.A. in writing and literature from Goddard College.
A client recently said of David:
“I had the opportunity to work very closely with David...on an incredibly complex and difficult project involving multiple agencies, diverse issues areas, a multitude of data and a compressed time frame not nearly sufficient for the scope of work, but David was unfazed. He did an expert job not only putting together a well-written, thorough, persuasive and professional final product, but he was completely dedicated to the project and put in long hours, kept us on schedule, translated tomes of data and dense policy into clear narrative and generally made order out of chaos – while maintaining his sense of humor!”
In his spare time, David writes mysteries. His short stories appear in several anthologies, and his novel, Husbands and Lap Dogs Breathe Their Last, was published a few years ago.
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