Shaun MollicaGrant Writer and Researcher
“To me, philanthropy means building a safer, stronger community through compassion. It’s not just giving money, but also giving time and expertise, with the goal of creating a better future for us all.”
A knack for words and a gift for bringing clients’ dreams to life on paper, Shaun is PiP’s grant writer and researcher. She should also be known as a reliever of headaches for our clients, most of whom detest grant writing and welcome Shaun with open arms since she actually enjoys the challenge (seriously, we’re not joking).
Shaun has more than 20 years of experience in grant writing for various nonprofit and governmental organizations, with extensive experience in preparing federal, state, local, and foundation grant applications. Her expertise has led to millions of dollars of funding awarded to nonprofits at all stages of their organizational life cycles.
Shaun has developed numerous successful applications including City of Las Vegas and Clark County Outside Agency, CDBG, and ESG funding; HUD; the Administration for Children and Families; the U.S. Department of Justice; Bank of America; Dignity Health/St. Rose; Nevada Women’s Philanthropy; the Engelstad Family Foundation; and the MGM Resorts Foundation. Noteworthy awards have included a $1.7 million capital grant from Clark County; $1.4 million from the State of Nevada Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Agency; a $2 million grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) for HIV/AIDS and mental health services; and a Founders’ Grant (2011) from Nevada Women’s Philanthropy. And that list doesn’t even count the smaller grants!
When she’s not helping nonprofits with grants, she’s busy fulfilling her other passions. Shaun has provided advocacy and support for domestic violence and rape survivors, indigent populations, HIV/AIDS infected/affected individuals, undocumented immigrants, and family court petitioners and children. We all want to be like Shaun when we grow up!
Shaun holds a Bachelors of Science in Public Administration from the University of Arizona and is a graduate of City University of New York School of Law. She is also a devoted wife and mom, an animal lover (did we mention it’s one of the criteria to work at PiP?!) and a junior high basketball coach.