Writing and Creative RESUME Allan Shore 707-297-6452 / AllanShore@msn.com http://www.VentureCharities.biz Fate has a way of turning good intentions into great possibilities. For many years I’ve worked as a writer, consultant and nonprofit administrator for agencies and businesses dedicated to what is currently deemed socially responsible innovation. Now I’m seeking ways to use my skills to ensure that this teeter-totter of bottom line possibilities fairly balances the values of profits and social justice for change. I write as much as I can about and in favor of innovation, progress and creativity. In many instances, this is a new field that often relies upon experts (such as programmers, social media wizards, gamers) to be all things as they develop businesses or products. I help them use words and add flavor to their work in order to make them effective and smart business agents. Here is an amuse-bouche of my work and my talents: New / Multi-Media Business Initiatives Divorcing Obama: A Progressive Manual for Overcoming Irreconcilable Differences. Conceived, researched, written and posted for sale in print and digital format in three weeks, this project came about in consideration of our need to react immediately to a series misstep by the First Family. Their good intentions seek to sympathetically help military families in need, but in doing so in the manner they have choose (by ordering top-down change), they are actually undercutting better community empowerment strategies. Our book (co-developed with Erick Martinez, who is working on Spanish translations) seeks to demonstrate precisely how the First Family could be more effective by staying true to their vows of change we can all count on. GREEN GOLD: Honey & Cheese Pairing. Authored original book on this topic to demonstrate community empowerment potential of linking natural, farmstead food making and gourmet food sales sectors. Currently serving as writer, founder/project coordinator for this global effort to develop an online educational, promotional and sales portal. Project includes use of various online approaches as well as television and interactive applications. Expected to be announced in 2011. Shirocos.com. Co-developer/Owner of innovative small retail store model that seeks to integrate interactive technology into brick-a-mortar gourmet and home accessories store in Northern California. Model seeks to empower Main Street commercial enterprises with added tools for developing economies of scale and to demonstrate how creative technologies can be used by the smallest of small businesses. RECENT Nonprofit / Community Service Initiatives (Selected) Professional Development Consultant, First 5 Solano County. Helped write the draft and project narrative elements of the State of California’s local CARES Plus Phase I initiative to offer college and professional skills advancement to early childhood educators and childcare personnel. Project includes sections on using online training and gaming tools for learning. This proposal was identified as the best proposal ever submitted on the topic and was awarded start-up funding; program dollars will be determined shortly through an additional plan for action. Consulting Grant Writer, Grant Writing Partnership. Currently serve as a consultant who is periodically assigned to various writing and proposal packages for diverse clients, mostly Title 1 (Low Income) schools. Recently completed a school library and multi-media resource proposal for $250,000 Professional Writing Resume – Allan Shore
equipment, software and neighborhood networking Literacy for Life Initiative for Dollarway Schools in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. I was informed that the grant was not funded. Proposed innovative gaming component for rural community. Grant Writer, Latino Resource Center on Alcoholism, Addiction and Community Involvement, Latino Commission on Alcohol & Drug Abuse (Alameda County). Developed and wrote a 5-year NIH/NIAAA Specialized Alcohol Research Center grant application for $8 million to focus core scientific research within community-service alcohol & drug settings for Latinos. Over two years, I prepared approximately 20 packages averaging $250,000. December 2007-November 2009. Proposed use of social media tactics for organizing against drug sales and supportive of recovery. Grant Writer, Benicia Historical Museum. Prepared basic funding applications and City funding documents seeking special project and operational money for local historical initiatives. Outlined innovative middle-school game writing contest. 2009 Grant Writer, Priority ONE Licensed Family Child Care Initiative, Solano County Licensed Family Childcare Network and Solano County Office of Education. Developed and continue to refine series of foundation and business LOIs for a Priority ONE family child care initiate to reduce the eligible waiting list and to empower family care providers. Original application sought $400,000 to create a network of family child care services to enhance and expand the availability of critically needed services while integrating research-supported educational elements that facilitate transition to public schools. Grant Writer, Mom’s In Bloom. Developed initial grant application materials and project descriptions for the creation of a new peer and professional doula birthing and lactation support consultant agency serving Southern Solano County mothers and families-in-need. Secured $5,000 from Solano First Five project for writing fundraising strategy. November to December 2007. Grant Writer, Benicia Unified Schools, Put together Career Technical Education/Physical Education Enhancement grant applications for the Calif. Dept. of Education. Prepared separate application proposals seeking funds earmarked for outstanding extensions of existing school programs. Both applications received funding, with a CTE grant of $19,000 to purchase equipment and supplies, and Physical Ed. Elementary school grant of $70,000 to increase health/wellness activities at 4 schools. June-Oct. 2007. EARLIER ACCOMPLISHMENTS (Writing and Administrative): May 2001- March 2004 Executive Director, California Coalition for Youth/California Youth Crisis Line (www.CalYouth.org), Sacramento, CA. Fully responsible for all agency management, board interaction, fund raising, public policy oversight, legislative liaisons, and youth empowerment directions. Also successfully maintained and completed the program elements of widely acclaimed teen pregnancy and violence prevention initiatives with a focus on giving voice to young people in the California legislature. Co-edited and created the book Young Enough To Matter, a manual for teaching advocacy and empowerment techniques to adults seeking to work with young people to generate community change. February 1998 – April 2001 Assistant Director, Xanthos, Inc., Alameda, CA. (www.Xanthos.org). Primarily responsible for general, ongoing fund raising for seven major program components, community partnerships and capital purchase/renovation campaigns for family counseling, education, mental health training and project services for runaway/homeless youth. Helped double the agency’s overall operating and program revenues from about $2 million to nearly $4 million. September 1992 – September 1995 Professional Writing Resume – Allan Shore
Executive Director, Oakland Men’s Project, Oakland, CA. Served as first executive director, where I helped increase budget from $80,000 to over $250,000 while implementing several recognized anti-violence and genderawareness initiatives, including helping coordinate the boy’s component of the first Take Our Daughters To Work Day activities. January 1986 – July 1992 Development Director, Rubicon Programs, Inc. Richmond, CA. (www.RubiconPrograms.org). Undertook the full-scale development of fund raising campaigns that included securing federal and state funding for transitional and supportive housing, critical care counseling, money management, and education/vocational training skills for persons with severe mental disabilities and formerly homeless men. Agency’s annual budget was about $600,000 and has grown to nearly $14 million and is now recognized as a national entrepreneurial project for highly vulnerable populations in need. For-Profit Business Packages (Representative) Marketing/Advertising Development, Shiroco’s Fusion Décor Commercial Enterprise. Developed multi-faceted writing, promotional, investor and sales/partnership package for small-town retail store with emphasis on integrating new media technologies into successful growth and sector integration. Business Plan Writer: Circle of Friends Child Care Center. Prepared investor loan package. Includes project overview of existing business. Developed idea statements, core marketing, sales, outreach/marketing, implementation and graphic financial cost and ROI spreadsheets in Fairfield, CA. Business Plan Writer, A Place to Grow, Green-Learning Sustainable Child Care Center. Prepared startup loan/investor loan package for new business in Concord, California. ON-LINE SAMPLING:
(Blog and Online regular and “instant” postings) http://DivorcingObama.com; http://Scribd.com http://honeycheesemoney.blogspot.com/ http://www.suite101.com/profile.cfm/epowerscribe http://www.gather.com/allan+shore http://www.happynews.com/news/4182006/US-Piano-Paralympics-Artisan-Tim-Baley-Plays-HisAbilities--.htm http://www.happynews.com/news/1172006/Montana-business-invests.htm OTHER BOOKS & PUBLICATIONS: Editor/Designer, Young Enough To Matter, a facilitator’s manual for addressing youth empowerment and pregnancy prevention. Developed as a train-the-trainers book for California Coalition for Youth, http://CalYouth.org. Contributing Author, When Love Lasts Forever: Male Couples Celebrate Commitment, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5545182-when-love-lasts-forever.
Professional Writing Resume – Allan Shore