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Martha L.P. Heassler
Lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts


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Martha L.P. Heassler is currently available to take on new work, based on her substantial experience as a communications, development and grants professional who has worked on the West and East Coasts, serving in both consulting and staff capacities for a number of leading national and international institutions.

She recently completed a consulting assignment as Major Gifts/Grants Officer for Hagar USA, Inc., supporting Hagar International's long-term holistic recovery services addressing the complex needs of women and children who are survivors of human trafficking and gender-based abuses in Cambodia, Vietnam and Afghanistan. Her work with Hagar USA included serving as grants officer for TIPCAP and JTIP grants made to Hagar International's work in Afghanistan from the U.S. Department of State's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP).

Martha Heassler's grants experience also includes foundation relations and capital campaign responsibilities within two nationally-renowned institutions of higher education based in New England, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Gordon College. There, she played a key role in major grants awarded to these institutions by The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, The William Randolph Hearst Foundations, The Pew Charitable Trusts, The Kresge Foundation, The Lilly Endowment, Inc., and The Henry Luce Foundation.

Martha’s early career featured marketing, public relations and fundraising responsibilities within the field of international relief and development, particularly as a staff member with World Vision in California within the height of the "Ethiopia Crisis” in the mid-1980s and then as a grants consultant working from Boston with World Vision’s domestic and international programs in the late 1980s.

She has also served in transitional roles as part-time Grants Supervisor/Consultant with Beverly Bootstraps Community Services, a leading community service agency on Boston’s North Shore; served as a family spokesperson for the Open Door Food Pantry in Gloucester, the Greater Boston Food Bank and Feeding America, and the Cape Ann chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Families Organizing for Change (MFOFC) and other disability advocacy groups.

Martha is best reached at or by phone at 978-337-9900. Her mailing address is 3 Trask Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.
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Martha's portfolio includes grant proposals and other foundation relations program materials; annual reports, background papers and case statements; collateral materials such as brochures and catalogs; articles and features for institutional publications; and corporate communications and media relation resources. She has done professional work in industries and fields as diverse as higher education, international relief and development, management consulting and social services, executive search, financial services, graphic design, health care, manufacturing, publishing and technology.
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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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3 Trask Street, Gloucester, MA 01930
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