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Danielle May

A seasoned development professional, Danielle May brings over a decade of experience in grants and proposal development to the Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN). As the Grant and Proposal Writer, May focuses on preparing grant proposals and securing new funding opportunities to support the meaningful work of MFAN.

May hones her craft as a storyteller and connector to effectively and efficiently serve military families. She has successfully secured grant funding for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations including Heartline Ministries – Haiti, Heels to Heal, Sprint’s 1Million Project, Samaritan Community Center, Freeman Health System, and NorthWest Arkansas Community College. May’s past performance also includes collaborating on advocacy efforts that led to the enactment of the National Child Protection Training Act and subsequent Congressional appropriations to establish and expand the National Child Protection Training Center. In addition, she provided overall proposal, project, contract, and financial management of government contracts totaling over $1 billion.

As an Air Force Veteran spouse, May has personal knowledge of many of the complex challenges many military spouses and families face. Originally planning to pursue a career as a paralegal, May quickly learned that coordinating an overseas assignment and subsequent moves was a full-time job. Through her own service as a spouse, however, May discovered a new passion for creating safe spaces for military spouses through an online community where lifelong friendships and support groups were formed. She and her husband served at Aviano Air Base in Italy prior to his medical discharge. 

May and her husband volunteer with military families through FISH (Friends in Service of Heroes), their local community through a mobile food pantry, and disaster relief efforts with Convoy of Hope. May also works with the University of Arkansas Community and Family Institute on their annual Point-in-Time Homeless Census.

Originally from Texas, May now lives in northwest Arkansas with her husband and their two children. She is also a proud Air Force and Army granddaughter. 

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