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Ella Mahler

About Ella

I leaped into fundraising through the performing arts, honing skills in events, donor relationships, and grant writing for dance, theatre, and contemporary arts organizations around the Puget Sound. As my passion for community impact grew, I ventured into health and criminal justice with Yoga Behind Bars, then joined The Ostara Group in 2013.

With a focus in grant strategy, research, and writing, I always see the big picture ahead, while creating a detailed plan for how to get there. I build customized tools to help target funders right for you, create a timeline that keeps your goals on track, and showcase the unique change you make in our world to each grantor. Additionally, my history as a fundraising generalist brings a comprehensive understanding of how grants will best serve your organization.

Since working with Ostara, I have supported over 20 organizations, including ACT Theatre, Bellevue Arts Museum, College Success Foundation, Northwest SEED, Cancer Lifeline, OneWorld Now!, Tasveer, and the University District Food Bank.

Fun facts about Ella :

  • I am a descendant of the Late-Romantic Austrian composer, Gustav Mahler.
  • I took my first dance class at age 17, and now work professionally as a contemporary dancer and choreographer. Yep, it's never too late to pursue your dreams.
  • When I was 6, I begged my mom to let me change my name to Star-Stepper.

Large fundraising events can be chaotic, so having team members who are organized, on top of their responsibilities and calm, cool, and collected makes all the difference in the world. This perfectly describes the crucial role Ella played at our annual dinner event. Her presence at the event was incredibly grounding and her support with day-of logistics invaluable. 

Kirsten Rogers, OneWorld NOW!

When Ella figured out that we needed to better track and report our funding requests, she recreated our entire funder database without skipping a beat on her prospect research.

John Osebold, ACT Theatre

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