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Beyond the Bio: Bill Bayreuther, Avid Outdoorsman

by Lydia Swann

Bill Bayreuther, CFRE, is a grant writing consultant to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and corporations in New England and beyond. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHis comprehensive services help clients to obtain sustainable general operating support and project, organizational capacity building, and capital funding from foundation, corporate, and government sources. His grant proposals have won funding for internationally acclaimed river restoration and land conservation projects, and for human services, museum, historic preservation, environmental advocacy, education, recreational trail, and innovative technology projects.

Bill has nearly four decades of nonprofit experience, has earned the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation, and is a New Hampshire-registered Fund Raising Counsel. He has worked on the grant making side of the equation as the Chair of the Maine Arts Commission’s Museum Advisory Panel and a Peer Reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

To help you get to know this regular SkillBuilder presenter, we asked Bill the following questions.

What’s something we might not know about you even after we spend a day with you?
I spent the summer after my freshman year of college as a river driver on the Upper Kennebec River, picking and sluicing pulpwood logs for the Kennebec Log Driving Company. That was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had, and black flies never have bothered me since.

What do you do for fun?
I hang out with my wife Gari and grandson Noah, and tie flies, fish, hunt, and read.

What’s your greatest strength?
Relentless sweating of the details (this also is my greatest weakness).

Coffee or tea?
Strong black coffee, although a mug of strong tea with honey and milk goes well when it’s sub-zero outside.

Who is your hero?
My late father, from whom I seem to have inherited some of my best and less-than-best traits.

Favorite part about living in Maine?
Having access to this state’s wonderful natural resources and having the opportunity to help facilitate their conservation and responsible management.

First job at, or with, a nonprofit?
My first full-time nonprofit job was that of Curator and Library Director of the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown, Massachusetts, the institution that collects, preserves, and interprets the stories of “Old Ironsides” and the people associated with her.

An article/blog/book you recommend?
I can’t limit myself to a single title! In addition to Paul Doiron’s Mike Bowditch series, I recommend William Warner’s Pulitzer Prize winner Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay; James Fenimore Cooper’s Leatherstocking Tales; Rev. Arthur Macdougall, Jr.’s The Trout Fisherman’s Bedside Book and his Dud Dean stories that feature the adventures of a colorful Maine Guide in the upper Kennebec watershed; Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea; and Martin Teitel’s “Thank You for Submitting Your Proposal”: A Foundation Director Reveals What Happens Next, republished with the unfortunate title The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Winning Foundation Grants: A Foundation CEO Reveals the Secrets You Need to Know.

What makes you laugh the most?
The antics of my three-year-old grandson Noah.

What is your favorite vacation destination?
Various sites in the Kennebec River watershed, from the shoreline of Moosehead Lake to the breakers at Popham Beach.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
I have two:  grammatical transgressions and institutional funders asking the same question four different ways in a single grant application.

What is your favorite childhood memory?
The freedom of summers on the water and in the woods at Pleasant Pond in Caratunk.


Learn more about (and from) Bill at his upcoming training Project Budgets for Grant Proposals: From Planning to Reporting.

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