Rebecca Brown, MA, CFA, CFRE, Founder and President of Further The Work, has spent the last decade helping nonprofit organizations do their work, and do it better. She is a facilitator, trainer, organizational development and strategic planning consultant, philanthropic advisor, and highly experienced grantwriter, having served as sole or lead author on numerous innovative program proposals that have become recognized as exemplary in their fields. Over the years, she has raised more than $15 million for her clients, who range from small community nonprofits to some of the Bay Area’s leading social service providers, youth development and arts organizations, and philanthropies. A Certified Fund Raising Executive, she holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from California State University East Bay, reflecting her commitment to ongoing education and training in best practices.
Rebecca has extensive experience as senior staff in the nonprofit sector; prior to founding Further The Work, Rebecca was Chief Advancement Officer at Family Service Agency of San Francisco, serving on the three-person senior management team for this $12 million nonprofit organization, which provides more than 30 social service programs to meet the needs of a wide array of high-need, hard-to-reach populations.
Some of her proudest work is in designing (and successfully raising funds for) innovative new programs to meet the needs of the most fragile among us. At FSA, Rebecca conceived and wrote four successful proposals to the state Mental Health Services Administration for programs to engage San Francisco’s hardest-to-serve residents (dual-diagnosed seniors, transition-age youth, and adults). She also wrote FSA’s proposal for the city’s innovative Back on Track program for first-time drug offenders, and she helped design, named, and wrote the concept paper for PREP (Preventive Recognition of Early Psychosis), a partnership of FSA and leading researchers and doctors at UCSF to identify and preventively treat young people at risk for emergent schizophrenia.
In her former life, Ms. Brown was an institutional money manager on Wall Street. She earned her BA with Highest Distinction from UC Berkeley, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and recognized as Outstanding Woman in the Humanities. Awarded both the Mellon Fellowship and the Javits Fellowship for Graduate Study, she completed her PhD coursework at Stanford University, where she first studied the history of incarceration in America.