Cliff Sanderlin

"After we hired Cliff Sanderlin as counsel the (fundraising) situation improved dramatically.  With training, planning and inspiration, the campaign took on a new life....Checks continued to arrive well past the deadline."

-- Carolyn M. Palmer, Executive Vice President , Washington Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (now retired). 1996 campaign to support the Ted Phillips Professorship in Family Medicine at the University of Washington

Call or email Cliff
for a free one-hour consultation about fundraising, grantwriting or board training.  Cliff, a certified public speaker, is also available to speak on a variety of topics, including community building through fund development.

Cliff Sanderlin & Associates

10522 235th Pl. S.W., Edmonds, WA 98020-5732

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Consulting, Strategic Planning & Training

To Empower Visionaries, Philanthropists and Board Members

"Philanthropists care at least as much about the good they can accomplish through giving as for the material things they accumulate. That's why fund development is so rewarding."  

--Cliff Sanderlin

Cliff presents

Cliff Sanderlin has worked with people of good will for more than two decades to advance higher education, health care, public broadcasting, the environment, and human services.   As a consultant and trainer he helps nonprofits with strategic planning, board building, grantwriting and business plans.

"I can't tell you how much our planning session helped me on my donor call last week. I felt very well prepared. Your suggestions -- even the smallest--are helpful." 

  -- Dwight Wilson, Executive Director, World Corps (2003)

Organizations where Cliff has worked (Seattle)--

  • American Lung Association of Washington-- Director of Development
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center-- Director of Foundation Relations
  • Harborview Medical Center-- Director of Development
  • KUOW Public Radio-- Director of Development
  • University of Washington School of Medicine-- Director of Medical Alumni Affairs
  • University of Washington College of Engineering-- Director of Regional Gifts
  • World Corps-- Director of Development

Consulting, Training, Grantwriting (a partial list)--

  • A Contemporary Theatre (ACT)-- capital campaign consulting
  • Center for Wooden Boats - board training
  • Edmonds School Foundation-- consulting
  • Family Medicine, University of Washington  - grantwriting (federal)
  • First AME Child Development Center - management consulting and training
  • Habitat for Humanity of South Snohomish County - board training
  • Health Sciences Library, University of Washington-- grantwriting (federal)
  • Kent School District-- grantwriting (federal)
  • Northwest Podiatry Foundation-- training and campaign planning
  • Rotary Boys and Girls Club of Seattle--training, management consulting
  • Washington Academy of Family Physicians Foundation-- consulting

Conference Presentations--

Public Radio Development Exchange
Presentations at conferences in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Seattle, St. Louis

Puget Sound Grantwriters Association
Presentations at Seattle (twice); Mt. Vernon, WA


Cliff grew up in the lush agricultural and timber region of the Willamette Valley.  He received a B.A. in journalism at the University of Oregon and worked on newspapers in Eugene and Salem.  After graduating in 1968,  he headed for Brazil as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer.

In the arid northeastern corner of South America, he organized a farmers' cooperative for marketing and sharing planting ideas.  In the process he fell in love with Brazil, its people, and its language (Portuguese.)  Following his volunteer service he was hired by the Peace Corps to help train new volunteers for a cooperative training program.

Back in the states, while continuing  studies at the University of Oregon, he worked part-time as a newspaper reporter.  In 1976 he moved to Seattle with wife and two sons where he pursued a career in the nonprofit sector,  beginning with the American Lung Association.  Most of Cliff's career (more than two decades now) has been dedicated to successfully raising funds for nonprofits.

From 1980 to 1988 he worked as director of development for KUOW 94.9 FM, Seattle's National Public Radio station, where he helped the station shift from university support to community support.

On a sunny in August of 1983, after three hard years as a single father of two small sons, he married Heather Marks.  Heather is an Illinois-born journalist, illustrator, web designer, cartoonist, and all-around wonderful person. 

An interest in science and medicine led Cliff to other assignments at the University of Washington, including the College of Engineering and Harborview Medical Center--Seattle's trauma and burn hospital--where he set up and ran the development program.

Later, as a consultant-grantwriter for the University of Washington, Cliff wrote successful proposals for a four-state telemedicine project based at the School of Medicine.  In 1997, he became director of the UW Medical School's Office of Alumni Affairs where he directed educational and social activities for alumni and medical students, edited MedAlum magazine, and did an alumni history project.  He was recruited to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in 2000, where he served as director of foundation relations, writing grants for cancer research.

In 2001, a life-long interest in international work led him to a job at World Corps, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides business and technical training to young adults in developing countries.  Cliff is still involved with World Corps and other NGOs, as a consultant through Cliff Sanderlin & Associates, a consulting business for nonprofits based in the Seattle area (Edmonds, Washington).