Bright Star Grant Consultants work with wide-ranging clientele to advance important social and environmental issues through organizational effectiveness.

Winrock International

Lead program, strategy and finance model design for development of new funding streams in Africa collaboration with Winrock leadership and senior management. Created clear communications for highly complex ideas for diverse audiences. Major proposal development with providing the context, strategy, funding intelligence and technical advisory for a high profile USAID proposal for north Kenya for resilience and private sector development of livestock markets and value-add supply chains.


Renee participated in the strategic plan and global scale up strategy for Ashoka Fellows in a team of consultants from London, Vancouver, Singapore, and New York.

COSA The Committee on Sustainability Assessment

COSA was a unit of the United Nations until a few years ago when it became a non-profit. Founder and Executive Director Daniele Giovannucci is working with Renee to scale-up this fast growing international organization with program, organization, and fund development.

  SVP001  Social Venture Partners International

Segment and prioritize program and organization funding needs, prospect research for funding “bundles” to support priorities, program and evaluation design advice, funder approach strategies, and write case statements and proposals. Social Venture Partners International

Whidbey001  Whidbey Institute

Holistic capacity building for organizational systems, budget analysis and financial strategy, fundraising and prospect research, case statement and proposal writing, planned giving development, logic modeling, and program articulation for effective funder communication. Whidbey Institute

“Working with the Bright Star team brought insight and wisdom into the core of our development process. They are inspirational and driven to deliver. They pose some of the best questions I have been asked in my 30 years in development work. They evaluate areas we have not. It is key to note that Board and staff like working with them. Renee is focused and clear about deliverables.”

Jerry Millhon
Executive Director
Whidbey Institute

NWAAM001  Northwest African American Museum

Board President Norman Rice and Executive Director Rosanna Sharpe worked with Renee Bourque to re-frame messages, redirect financial strategies, develop major funder meeting communication points and strategies, and articulate the five year expansion plan. Renee also wrote a grant proposal and strategy documents for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation resulting in a 1.1 million grant over two years.

“Renee is a gifted strategist who brought fresh perspective to effectively communicate our vision and case statement. I admire her philanthropic acumen, respect for and sensitivity to our mission, and style of delivery. She delivered the goods!”

Rosanna Sharpe
Executive Director
Northwest African American Museum

KIT001  Kalispell Tribe

Conduct a community-wide feasibility study, gap analysis related to child victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Work with community partners to create a strategic plan and training program based on findings for intervention, treatment response and prevention strategies. This model will be reported to Congress through the US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to determine future funding for comprehensive coordinated community responses for Tribal children and youth.

“The time has gone by so quickly it is hard to believe that we are already at the end of our project deadline.  We so really appreciate you and your team’s assistance on this project. Your professional and courteous communications, input and document preparation as been exemplary. We have all enjoyed working with you and the staff with Bright Star Grant Consultants and we look forward to working with you again on future projects.”

Kathleen Kinter
Kalispel Tribe

AWCC001  Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

Capacity building for fund development, strategic plan, case statements and core communication strategies and products, annual report writing, project and grant proposal development, messaging for funding requests to the Alaska Legislature and corporations, and budget analysis and development. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

W211011  Washington State 211

Prospect research for grant funding leads targeted to program and organization priorities. Developed case statements tailored to funding sources, and write grant proposals in funding “bundles”. Washington State 211


Bright Star is assisting iLEAP with articulating budget priorities, prospect research for international funding opportunities, and proposal development.

 UW Bothell  University of Washington Bothell

University of Washington Bothell leadership are working with Renee to formulate a strategy to scale-up the organizational structure, programs, infrastructure and funding for this award winning campus that is getting national attention.

“The funding successes we have enjoyed working with Bright Star are the result of more than just their professionalism and their insights into the national philanthropic community. Of equal value is their sincere commitment to our mission of wildlife conservation, and the personal connections between our respective staffs.”

Tom Yeager
Director of Operations
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center