Instructor: Matt Leighty

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Matt Leighty began his impactful journey in the world of grant writing back in 2013 as a freelance writer, building on his earlier experiences at Pepperdine University and the University of California, Los Angeles. Recognizing a recurring challenge within the nonprofit sector - the high turnover of trained grant writers - Matt founded GrantFlow. His vision was to create a firm that would provide stable, efficient, and successful grant writing services, ensuring consistency and reliability for non-profits. 


Under Matt's leadership, GrantFlow has become a beacon of support for non-profits, managing their entire grant portfolios, delivering measurable results, and fostering trust and stability in grant pursuits. The team's dedication to eliminating the stress of missed deadlines and last-minute rushes has been a cornerstone of their approach. 


With a remarkable talent for developing robust corporation and foundation portfolios, Matt and his team at GrantFlow have successfully raised over $155 million for clients, translating into significant social impact - from healthcare for the homeless to educational resources for students, support for veterans, and more. His expertise in large, technical writing projects and complex budgets has been a valuable asset to his clients. 


Matt's background includes roles such as project director for a multi-state probation system study and lobbyist for the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and a Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University. After a decade in Los Angeles and Long Beach, Matt returned to his hometown of Richmond, Virginia, in 2017, where he lives with his wife, Shannon, and their two children, Xander and June. 

Classes by this instructor

AI-Assisted Grant Writing
Attend our 8-hour workshop to enhance your nonprofit's grant writing efficiency. Discover how to integrate AI technologies, such as ChatGPT, for crafting effective proposals and utilize strategic planning to align your applications with funder expectations. This course is aimed at equipping nonprofit professionals with the skills to streamline the grant writing process, improve success rates, and support organizational growth.
January 23-24, 2025, TBD - UR Campus