Grant Writing and Marketing Communications Services
Howie Marketing and Consulting, Inc. is a consulting firm providing grant writing, marketing communications and development support to nonprofit organizations in the lower Hudson Valley area in NY and the Delmarva Peninsula (eastern shore of Maryland/Delaware). Founded in 1999, we have served dozens of clients helping them raise millions of dollars.
Howie Receives National Honor
The Grant Professionals Certification Institute (GPCI), presented Lydia S. Howie, MS, GPC, with its 2019 Pauline G. Annarino Award, the grant writing industry’s highest national honor for impact on the grant writing industry and profession. The award was presented on November 8, 2019 in Washington, DC at the national Grant Professional Association’s annual conference, which was attended by 880 attendees.
Ms. Howie was recognized for having founded the Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson (now with 234 members and “friends”) and for her contributions to the grant writing industry including guest speaking regularly on grant writing locally and nationally; authoring numerous industry articles; encouraging/supporting over 10 individuals who have become grant writers/consultants; promoting/helping three other writers obtain their Grant Profession Certification (GPC); and having fielded hundreds of calls from nonprofit agencies and grant writers seeking advice and individuals considering a grant writing career.
Through the Grant Professionals of Lower Hudson (GPLH), Ms. Howie has firmly established a grant writing legacy in Westchester County, NY. GPLH has become one of the major regional nonprofit support agencies in the County providing quarterly education, a Meet the Funders event, an internship program to “breed” grant writers, free counseling to individuals interested in becoming a grant writer and nonprofits who seek grant writing advice, job/consultant referral, speakers bureau, free website resources, and networking.
Ms. Howie was in the first in Westchester County, NY, to earn her Grant Professional Certification -- the “CPA” of the grants industry. She is one of ten in the State of Maryland and one of two in Cecil County to possess the credential.
Julie Assel, President of the Grant Professionals Certification Institute (left) presents Lydia Howie (right) with the grant writing industry award
In six years, Howie Marketing and Consulting (HMC) has had three Impact 100 Westchester quarterfinalists (Country Childrens Center, Community Center of Northern Westchester and Cerebral Palsy of Westchester), two semifinalists (Cerebral Palsy of Westchester and Westchester Exceptional Childrens School) and eight finalists (Teatown Lake Reservation, Gilda's Club Westchester, Songcatchers, Westchester Exceptional Childrens School, YWCA White Plains & Central Westchester twice, Lifting Up Westchester, Cerebral Palsy of Westcheser). In 2020, the two finalists (YWCA and CPW) each won $24,500. In 2016, Latino U College Access and in 2019, Gilda's Club Westchester, each were awarded one of their $100,000 grand prizes. Congratulations all!
Five Howie Marketing and Consulting (HMC) clients won 11 Westchester County Youth Bureau awards ranging from $21,921-$46,000 a year for three years. That's $1,397,763 in grant funding! HMC's 11 awards are 19% of the total of 57 awarded.
Congratulations to three Howie Marketing & Consulting clients for winning NYS Nonprofit Infrastructure Capital Investment Program grants. Lifting Up Westchester won $174,583 for a technology upgrade, the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester won $500,000 for a roof, and the YMCA of Central and Northern Westchester won $1,000,000 for a roof. Congratulations, all!
Lydia speaks at GPA Conventions
At the 2018 Grant Professonals Association's Conference in Chicago on November 9, 2018, Lydia spoke to a packed crowd on the Pet Peeves of Funders. She provided the audience of over 120 and 85 "streaming live" attendees the results of a survey done with dozens and dozens of funders about the "issues" they have with executive directors, development managers and grant writers. In 2017, Lydia spoke on Vetting for Success: Grant Seeking Skills, and in 2016, she spoke on Subcontracting: A to Z. See guest speaking tab under "Services" for more information.