1. A new approach.
“After submitting two unsuccessful applications to the Minnesota Legacy Grant program we consulted with Mr. Zurn. He thoroughly reviewed our materials, provided a constructive critique, and recommended a new approach. After Jon’s review our Legacy grant was approved.”
— Dave Dahlen, Zumbrota City Council, Member, Vice-President, Zumbrota Community Trust
"After Jon’s review our Legacy grant was approved."
2. Unparalleled track record.
"While writing federal and state grant proposals for the Minneapolis Public Schools in the mid-90s, Jeannine established a track record without parallel. From the onset, she infused creative into her descriptions of the most mundane subjects—like mathematics, reading, and classroom management. She also understood the needs and challenges of the teachers and students in the schools and departments for which she worked. Once funded, the staff in the schools had to carry out the program. All federal funds for a school district were at risk if we failed to perform on promised outcomes.
A writer can promise the moon to get the money, but failure to deliver has consequences—Jeannine never lost sight of that, and centered her grants centered on practical, workable plans with measurable outcomes.
— Linda Bjorklund, Administrator for State and Federal Projects (1990-2005)
"A writer can promise the moon to get the money, but failure to deliver has consequences—Jeannine never lost sight of that."
— Linda Bjorklund
3. An excellent guide.
"Jon Zurn is an excellent guide to understanding the complexities of federal small business tech programs. He knows the grant game and has insights that I’ve never heard from anyone else. I’ll continue to work with Jon for all my company’s grant training and consulting needs."
— Sam Silverman, Vice President of Solution Strategy, Whiting House
"He knows the grant game and has insights that I’ve never heard from anyone else."
— Sam Silverman
4. Clear, well-written narrative.
"I have worked with Jeannine as a grant writer for the last four years and can speak to her talent for crafting a clear, well-written narrative. Jeannine has assisted me in editing manuscripts, which have been successfully published in key journals in my field, as well as grant proposals. A recent example of this collaboration is a project that was funded by the NIH—a 5 year R01 from the NIMHD; I am the principal investigator (PI)."
— Tetyana Shippee, associate professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota
"A recent example of this collaboration is a project that was funded by the NIH—a 5 year R01 from the NIMHD."
— Tetyana Shippee
5. A laser-focused lens.
As Project Director for the 21st Century Grant program and Manager for Minneapolis Schools Community Education programs, I relied on Jon Zurn's significant experience in grant writing and research to successfully secure multi-year federal and local grants. Jon understands the complexity of working within the education and non-profit arenas, and was able to connect the needs of the community with funders. His thought-provoking questions encouraged our programs to delve deep into the issues and brought clarity to our grant proposals.
Whether you are new to fund development, or an experienced professional, I highly recommend working with Mr. Zurn. You will come away with significant knowledge of the funding community, increased proposal development skills and a laser-focused lens on your program proposal.
— Colleen Sanders, Manager, Minneapolis Community Education, Program Leader,University of Minnesota Center for Youth Development
"Whether you are new to fund development, or an experienced professional, I highly recommend working with Mr. Zurn."
— Colleen Sanders
6. Expert knowledge.
"Jeannine was an excellent facilitator; open, sensitive, warm, and sharing of her expert knowledge.”
— Patricia Wylie, director of Sierra Madre Playhouse, Sierra Madre, California
"An excellent facilitator."
— Patricia Wylie