Audacious Leaders in Education

Welcome Monster Piano potential owners.

We will write grants, coach grant writing, build rigorous strategic plans to entice grantors, and/or show you how to gather community support for your ideas. Click on the button below to talk to us about how we can help you realize your dreams.

Audacious Leaders in Education is about making great things happen in all aspects of organizational life. Since our lives depend on the educators and trainers in education, business, and government, we appeal to you to join us. From the voices of change agents, movers and shakers, and audacious thought leaders, we are connecting ourselves to one huge idea:

If we can dream it, we can do it!

Learn from, and learn with, Audacious Leaders.
Make a difference!

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams…
Yet we are the movers and shakers ,
Of the world for ever, it seems.

—Arthur O’Shaughnessy


About Us

As an applied behavioral scientist, Rick Olsen has pioneered numerous innovative programs to enhance human performance in both the academic and corporate world. Mr. Olsen has a wealth of experience and expertise in strategic management, leadership development, negotiations, and interpersonal and group effectiveness. Mr. Olsen has conducted corporate interventions in five countries and three languages. He published a weekly column on Strategic Development in both the US and Mexico for two years. Mr. Olsen worked as lead consultant and strategic analyst for many Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Olsen has consulted with numerous public schools, universities, government entities, and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Olsen offers a unique approach to grant writing. Participants learn new concepts and techniques not taught in standard grant writing courses. The capabilities, which are the focus of the first session, begin with solidifying a robust organizational strategy. Though most organizations believe they have a strategy, those strategies breakdown when reviewed closely. Funding sources detect weak organizational alignment which hurts any chances for funding.

The second capability focuses on a unique funding principle called the “Onion Strategy.” This strategy allowed a small private school to generate $800,000 per year for the last 10 years. The principal’s staff spends approximately 360 hours in grant writing per year. This is sixty 6 hour days. The income generated is over $2,000 per person hour.


David Bowman, MA, MBA, is the executive director of the Three Rivers Education Foundation. David began his education career as a teacher and project director with the Bureau of Indian Education. He later served at the NM Public Education Department to direct several state and federal initiatives, including the federal Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, Advanced Placement, and Instructional Materials Bureau, along with development of the English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science content standards. Later, he served as an education consultant, grant writer, program evaluator, and project director of a multi-state after school tutoring program. Along with his executive director position, he is the project director for two federal grants. Bowman is the owner of a private business and an instructor at the University of New Mexico Division of Continuing Education. His core competencies are in strategic planning, education systems development, research, and communications. He holds a NM administrator’s license.

Let’s face it: Most school, civic, and business reform models take funding. This means your team needs to become experts at writing grants. David Bowman, executive director of the Three Rivers Education Foundation, which just received more than $12 million in new grant funds, can help your team members learn to develop strong programs and make a compelling case for the funding your organization’s need.

What We Do

We offer a 6 and a half hour video series that dives deep into the grant writing process. This series is hosted by a regionally recognized expert in attaining million dollar grants. Everything one needs to know to capture large funding dollars is included in this series.

We will write grants for your organization or school. We specialize in writing grants for the Monster Piano. This also includes working with your organization to develop a robust strategy that will attract grantors.

For those who want to do it themselves but would like coaching, we offer on-line or in-house coaching. This includes helping you understand the intricacies of each aspect of the grant writing process. It also includes helping you write parts that are not comfortable for you, but with your continual input. We always bow to your expertise in the workings and vision of your unique organization.

Grant Writing Course (17 videos, 6+ hours)

This is the introductory video of the 17 video series.
The second video is an overview of the entire grant writing process.

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