Valerie C. Nolan has been named director of sponsored programs and foundation relations at Niagara University, effective today.
Working collaboratively with senior university administrators and faculty, Nolan will provide leadership and oversight of a comprehensive system for obtaining, managing and stewarding external grant support for institutional priorities and professorial research.
Nolan, over the course of her career, has secured in excess of $20 million in grants and in-kind contributions for clients from private foundations and federal, state and local governments.
Since February 2013, Nolan has worked as an independent consultant to charter schools and not-for-profit organizations, providing technical assistance and grant-writing services. She previously spent a decade as executive director of the Chameleon Community Schools Project Inc., a local not-for-profit charter school management organization.
Nolan serves on fundraising committees for several community organizations, including Preventionfocus, the None Like You/We Care Neighborhood Block Club Association and Seven Chances Inc. She also participates as a mentor in the school-based mentoring program for Enterprise Charter School.
Nolan possesses a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
"We are very pleased to add Valerie's versatile skill set to the Niagara University community and the office of sponsored programs and foundation relations," said Mary Borgognoni, associate vice president for operations and outreach. "Valerie has demonstrated expertise in working with diverse groups of constituents to discern needs and offer creative solutions - and then identifying and stewarding funding opportunities to help fill those gaps. We believe she's a great fit for NU."
The office of sponsored programs and foundation relations conducts prospect research, establishes and maintains relationships with funders, prepares new proposals and coordinates grants management activities at Niagara University, with specific emphasis given to government agencies and foundation/corporate funders.
To learn more, call 716-286-8029 or visit www.niagara.edu/ospfr.