The mission of The Grant Advantage is to help organizations unleash their strengths to embrace tomorrow's opportunities. 

We value...

  • Strength-Based Approaches 

  • Engaging and Persuasive Storytelling

  • Collaborative Relationships

  • Dependability and Trustworthiness

Alice Ruhnke, Founder and Owner

Alice has a passion for all things grant writing! Over the past decade, she has worked with hundreds of nonprofit organizations to help them increase their organizational capacity and secure funding. She has raised over $28 million writing grants and has been in charge of awarding and monitoring federal funds to nonprofit organizations throughout West Virginia. If Alice is not at her computer writing, she can usually be found facilitating trainings, workshops, and webinars. Alice is also the author of the manual "Mapping the Course: A Practical Approach to Grant Writing."

Alice received both her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Relations and Master of Arts degree in Education/Counseling from the University of Connecticut. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, she is married to Tim and has two amazing sons, Michael and Luke.

Jaime Chaffin, Grant Specialist

Jaime has been working with The Grant Advantage since January 2015. She transitioned into grant writing from a career in advertising to fulfill her passion for working with nonprofits. Jaime can be found writing and editing awesome grant proposals, developing funding strategies, and diving deep into all kinds of research. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Relations from Drury University. Jaime lives with her husband in Springfield, Missouri. Alice and Jaime collaborate remotely with ease.


The Grant Advantage was founded in 2006 to help nonprofit organizations have a greater impact on their communities through funding. Our mission is to help organizations unleash their strengths to embrace tomorrow's opportunities. 




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