Susan L. Golden is a consultant who helps companies, institutions and organizations raise funds. Since 1986, she has been involved in raising over $800 million and has worked with over 150 corporations, institutions, and organizations. Clients appreciate the fact that over 80 percent of all requests prepared by The Golden Group are successful. She specializes in large, collaborative projects seeking contracts or grants from federal agencies or national foundations.
Dr. Golden is the author of the best-selling Secrets of Successful Grantsmanship, (Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, CA, 1997), and she contributed a chapter on grant seeking in The Handbook of Fundraising (John Wiley & Sons, 2000, Third Edition). For 10 years, she wrote a column on grant seeking for the national newspaper Contributions and she authored the entry on grant seeking in the three-volume Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia, (ABC-CLIO), 2004.
She presented an international audio conference on grant seeking under the auspices of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), which attracted more listeners than any other presentation until that point in the series. She is a frequently invited guest lecturer for graduate classes and faculty seminars at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, and AFP chapters throughout the U.S.
Selected Outstanding Fund-Raising Executive by AFP Greater Cleveland Chapter in 1996, she began her career in development at the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she served as Director of Development for seven years, tripling annual giving and securing the largest endowment gift in CIM’s history to date at that time.
Prior to her work in fund development, Dr. Golden taught college English for 10 years. At Cleveland State University (OH), she founded the Writing Laboratory, and at Dyke College (Cleveland, OH) she founded the Developmental Education Program.
Dr. Golden holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Duke University (Durham, NC) where she was a National Defense Education Act Title IV Fellow, and a B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH).
Susan has volunteered with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), where she served on the Board of Trustees, Greater Cleveland Chapter for over 10 years and on the International Research Council for several years. She served on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing (John S. Wiley & Sons). She has held membership in the National Organization of Research Development Professionals and the Association of Proposal Management Professionals.