DeaRonda Harrison is the founder and President of June First Firm, a grant writing company specializing in assisting black-led nonprofits who are in between grant writers or assisting a nonprofit’s current grant writing team during busy grant seasons.
DeaRonda has nearly 10 years of experience as a grant professional and is responsible for awards totaling $25M over the course of her career for nonprofits that provide K-12 education, workforce development, housing, and healthcare services. These nonprofits have been located across the east coast including D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Louisiana, and Georgia. The company delivers high-quality services and never misses a grant deadline
DeaRonda is a member of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA) where she served as Georgia Chapter President for two years. She obtained her Master of Business Administration from Ashford University and Bachelor of Science degree from the prestigious Tuskegee University.
DeaRonda immediately helped us complete grant applications to support our youth programs. She researched additional grants and new sponsor opportunities. Through her efforts, we were able to secure grant funding from Fulton County government. Her support was invaluable and allowed our small staff the ability to focus on their specific job duties.
DeaRonda came to Atlanta Mission in just the knick of time. She jumped right in and helped us manage our $1M grant program with a number of corporate and foundation deadlines that she helped to assist in a rapid manner. She did what it took to make sure we didn’t miss deadlines and continue to engage and develop relationships with current and new funders. I would recommend her to any organization that needs a grant professional with promising results that can hit the ground running to secure and manage funds.
DeaRonda led the grant management and reporting for our federal grants submission which funded a myriad of our programs. She helped us receive awards and manage $6M in funds for our agency in the District. I recommend her for any business needs as she definitely gets the job done in a swift and concise manner. She is a consummate professional and I am confident she will be an excellent contribution to any team.
DeaRonda is supporting Interfaith Works as we search for a full-time Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer and it is like having in-house staff. She quickly learned about IW's many programs and has created general operating and program proposals that are well-written, creative and responsive to the donors' requirements. She works easily and flexibly with our busy program and financial staff. She is extremely organized and completes proposals and reports well ahead of the deadlines. We are so pleased with her project management and writing skills that we have already contracted with her to help with a complicated government proposal that will be released months from now. I spent much of my career working on grants and I have tremendous respect for DeaRonda's talents. I wholeheartedly recommend her services.
DeaRonda Harrison and I worked together through the Grant Professional Association and she is nationally recognized as one of the leading practitioners in our field. As someone who practices in DC - "the belly of the beast" - DeaRonda has unique insights into the subtle nuances and ever changing political landscapes that affect federal funding. Most importantly, she is a heck of a writer.