I’m a different kind of non-profit consultant. My services are designed specifically for small-medium sized organizations. My practice is based on experience leading a small shop and developing and managing strategies for making a difference with little resources!
Since founding SSBI in 2014, I have worked with 25+ NGOs and charitable organizations, helping them to build capacity for inclusive, gender-responsive, community-driven project design, strengthen monitoring and evaluation practices, and tap into funding opportunities – including through private foundations and institutional funders such as the Fund for Innovation and Transformation, Public Health Agency of Canada and Global Affairs Canada.
I have 20 years’ cumulative experience specializing in fundraising, grant writing, and impact assessment. I have worked with charities and NGOs in Canada, East Africa and India focused on advancing gender equality (with a focus on gender equality in education, integration of gender-equality strategies into project design and gender-responsive monitoring and evaluation), strengthening food security (with a focus on sustainability and climate change adaptation), promoting health (with a focus on HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights), and livelihoods (with a focus on vocational training, entrepreneurship and, more recently, climate-smart enterprise development).
I also provide training and coaching for participatory and results-driven project design, proposal writing and monitoring, evaluation and learning strategies for community projects, including through privately offered workshop series, through partners, including Spur Change, the Fund for Innovation and Transformation, and Egaale, and as a past course facilitator with UBC’s Extended Learning program.
I have a passion for grassroots participation and the efficacy of community-based initiatives as both a means of advancing community development goals and effectively engaging with community partners. I hold a B.A.H in International Development from Queens University, an M.A. from the University of Toronto, a Certificate in Impact Assessment for International Projects from the University of Victoria and stay current with sectoral trends through regular participation in workshops and online courses.
James Arron, Former Executive Director
Students Offering Support (SOS)
Claire provided invaluable contributions to our organization over multiple years while supporting with a number of engagements where we utilized her expertise in project design, grant writing, and monitoring and evaluation. In addition to bringing a tremendous degree of expertise, Claire was responsive and reliable in her communications, and always undertook projects in a manner that helped to build long-term capacity within our organization. She helped facilitate a space where learning was encouraged and supported. On a personal level I gained so much from working with her and would whole heartedly recommend her as a consultant to anyone seeking the services she offers.