Sheldon Bart

Private Foundations

Sheldon Bart

Specialties:

  • Grants management, creative corporate solicitation, writing, and editing.
  • Sheldon writes grant proposals that don’t put the reader to sleep. He strives to combine the reportorial skills of A.J. Liebling, the verve of Alexander Dumas, and the human insights of William Shakespeare to craft stellar proposals and Letters of Inquiry that tell compelling stories and make persuasive arguments.
  • He is also adept at designing corporate solicitation strategies for nonprofits that might initially appear to be completely out of the running for major sponsorship appeals.

Heroes

Richard E. Byrd, Roald Amundsen

Quote

According to Sheldon, “One of the most bizarre things I’ve witnessed in fundraising was a panel discussion where corporate philanthropy executives discussed deals with the likes of the U.S. Tennis Open. A long line of people from down-to-earth nonprofits then peppered them with variations on the same question, ‘How can we get in on the game?’ There was no answer. Of course, the real takeaway was what the panelists were unable to offer.”

Credits and Affiliations

Sheldon is a member of the Board of Governors of the American Polar Society, chair of the Board’s Development Committee, and president and founder of Wilderness Research Foundation, a New York City-based nonprofit bringing authentic science from the ends of the Earth to the classroom.