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The mission of Green Seeds is to help social change agents and organizations raise the money they need to transform the world.

The work of Green Seeds is to match powerful individuals and organizations engaged in social action and community service with equally powerful individuals and organizations seeking to provide money for just causes. Green Seeds is rooted in the premise that the fundraising process is a mutually beneficial exchange that rewards those who give as well as those who receive – and enriches the whole community in the process.

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about Terry Rumsey

Terry Rumsey is the founder and President of Green Seeds. Terry has been raising Terry Rumseymoney for social justice and community service organizations for more than twenty years. During that time he has helped local, state, regional, and national organizations raise over $15 million. Terry brings over two decades of experience to his business as a development consultant for organizations dedicated to healing and transforming the world. Terry Rumsey has a proven record for starting, solidifying, and sustaining the kinds of organizations who need his assistance.

Although Terry has experience with the full range of fundraising approaches, including annual giving drives, congregation-based campaigns, major gifts solicitation, and special events, his core area of expertise is in grant development. Terry has written successful grants for a wide variety of programs, such as community recreation centers, homeless healthcare services, prison to community reintegration initiatives, voter registration drives, and national anti-death penalty campaigns, just to name a few. He has secured grant awards from small family foundations, religious funds, prominent national foundations, major corporations; and local, state, and federal government agencies. The size of the grant awards have spanned the gamut from several hundred dollars for uniforms for an inner city basketball team to over a million dollars for a national mental health clearinghouse.

Terry has worked as a community organizer at the grassroots level, served as the executive director of several dynamic social justice organizations, and more recently managed grant development for the nation’s largest mental health association. From 2001 to 2006, Terry held the position of Director of Grants Management for the Mental Health Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Terry was the principal grant developer for an agency with an annual budget of $16 million that served tens of thousands of mental health consumers in the five-county Philadelphia region. From 1998 to 2001, Terry was the Director of Development for the YWCA of Chester, PA. He helped to raise a million dollars for one of the cornerstone institutions in a community devastated by poverty and social problems. During the 1980’s and 1990’s Terry served as the executive director of a voter empowerment organization in Chester, as the executive director of a local chapter of the national Jobs With Peace Campaign, and as the founding executive director of Pennsylvania Abolitionists United Against the Death Penalty. In the 1970’s Terry gained hard-won knowledge as a businessperson while owning and operating a vegetarian restaurant and a fruit and vegetable business based from an organic farm in central Pennsylvania. He has also served as chairperson and/or on the boards of a long list of peace, community, and environmental organizations.

Terry Rumsey has lived an extraordinary life, and he has been a change agent in his local community as well as at the national level. He has accumulated the right balance of activist, organizational, fiscal, and fundraising skills to make Green Seeds a vital, living resource for individuals and organizations determined to make the world a better place.

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about Robin Lasersohn

Robin Lasersohn is a Green Seeds associate who performs research, grant writing, robin lasersohn | www.greenseedsgrants.comediting, and organizational consulting services for the company.  

Robin, an activist, educator, and editor, works part-time as a teacher at The School in Rose Valley, one of the nation’s oldest and most influential progressive elementary schools.  Robin is also a contributing editor of Schools, a biannual journal that “explores the subjective experience of school life.”  For over twenty years, Robin has been a leader in the peace and justice movement in the Philadelphia region.  She was the founder and Executive Director of the Youth Organizing Project, served as the Chairperson of Delaware County Jobs With Peace Campaign, Co-Coordinated the Peace Center of Delaware County, co-founded Delaware County Wage Peace & Justice after 9/11, helped start Friends of Glen Providence Park, and initiated CD-7 United for Sensible Gun Laws.  Robin graduated from Swarthmore College in 1988 with a special major in Education and Social Change.   

Robin is Terry Rumsey’s partner, both in marriage and business.  Robin and Terry have two daughters, Meg and Hallie.  

Robin brings professional research, writing, editing, facilitation, and organizing skills to the Green Seeds team. 

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