Steve Yandell

Business Development Writer

“The greatest virtues are those which are most useful to other persons.” - Aristotle


As a Business Development Writer, Steve Yandell is responsible for writing and editing a range of client-facing materials, including business proposals, sales presentations, marketing collateral, and client deliverables. In this role, he partners with consultants to understand client needs in order to develop solutions and translate those solutions into compelling proposals for partnership.

Prior to GG+A, Steve worked as a grant writer in both the Arts and Culture and Social Service sectors at a number of Chicago institutions, including the Ounce of Prevention Fund, Northwestern Settlement, and The House Theatre of Chicago. He has a track record of securing and stewarding six-, seven-, and eight-figure gifts and driving continued institutional investment through quality writing, management, and reporting. He now uses that experience to articulate GG+A’s unique and substantial value to clients who are looking to advance their missions through fundraising.

In addition to working as a grant writer, Steve is active in Chicago theatre as a performer, writer, fight choreographer, and producer. Steve worked in theatre management at Piccolo Theatre and Steppenwolf Theatre prior to moving to fundraising, and is currently a producer with Laughing Stock Theater.

Steve graduated with honors from Loyola University Chicago and holds a B.A. in philosophy with minors in psychology and theater. He is an alumnus of Steppenwolf Theatre Co.’s apprenticeship in Theatre Management, and holds a certificate in project management through the Cornell University College of Engineering.

Areas of Expertise
  • Foundation and Corporate Relationships
  • Government Grants and Contracts
  • Grant and Report Writing
  • Nonprofit Finance and Management
  • Project Management
  • Public Speaking

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