About Susan Knobler

Susan Knobler is a consultant specializing in grant-writing for not-for-profit organizations and  digital photo book creation for individuals and families.  She recently relocated from Cincinnati to South Florida.

Susan became a grants professional after a rewarding and diverse career as English teacher, Corporate Communications Manager, international charity founder and Development Director.  She is known for her positive attitude, creativity, enthusiasm, intelligence, and perseverance.

Susan has leveraged her intelligent, persuasive, and clear writing style to persuade newspapers to carry stories, consumers to purchase products and supporters to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to worthy organizations.  She persuaded an international optical company to focus on giving away its products around the world, then established a 501(c)(3) charity and helped fund it, partly through grants.  (www.onesight.org)


Susan earned her BA at Brandeis in English and American Literature and MA in Education at Stanford before teaching high school English in Palo Alto and Jerusalem.  She settled in New York City in 1975 where she worked at several national non-profit organizations before moving to the mid west.  In Cincinnati, she served as the first Public Affairs Director at Planned Parenthood and earned an MBA in Marketing at Miami University of Ohio.

Pioneer in Corporate Social Responsibility
Reading and Writing Companion

Upon landing a job as Corporate Communications Manager at the young LensCrafters chain, Susan focused on how to leverage the company’s unique resources to help the world see.  She founded a signature corporate philanthropy to provide free optical care worldwide.  For more than 23 years, Susan grew the program into an international charity on four continents helping nearly one million people annually.  In 1995 she created a separate not-for-profit charity and served as its Development Director until 2008 – building a small department that raised more than $2 million in cash and $3 million in goods annually – about 10% coming from grants.  Formerly Give the Gift of Sight, now called Onesight, the program has delivered optical care to 8 million people.  (www.onesight.org)

From Health Care to the Arts and Education

As Development Director at Cincinnati Ballet, Susan gained experience in writing for the arts and has spent the last year writing grants for Cincinnati’s Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education.

In Her Spare Time

Susan and her husband of 34 years raised two children now living in Boston and Manhattan.  They share their home and life with a ten-year old lab named Dewey and a lab pup named Dylan.  Susan enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga and has recently begun writing poetry.


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