Sheila Schat has secured millions of dollars in community development financial awards for Santa Cruz County.

Chime Nonprofit Communications Services

Stories can help you illustrate your organization's mission and articulate the solutions you provide. Conveying the positive transformation of individual lives through words, images, and sound has been a powerful, age-old way of connecting with people.

Chime Nonprofit Communications offers expertise in engaging your supporters and increasing your impact through your stories. We offer years of experience in digital strategies, program development, competitive and successful grant writing, and strategic communications.

Digital Strategy: As engagement with clients and supporters increasingly moves online, developing a successful online presence is critical to an organization's success. Chime provides expertise in creating and maintaining a digital strategy that embodies the right personality and tone of your organization and its products and services. We work with you to evaluate and clarify your online objectives and develop an affordable plan that leverages current technologies to achieve your goals and measure your success. We collaborate with you to develop a digital strategy that cultivates and grows your existing community of supporters, help you understand and utilize relevant social media tools to achieve your objectives, and effectively tell your story. We make it easy for users of your web site to find what they want.....quickly!

  • Web site architecture, design, and development
  • Multimedia production (audio/video podcasts)
  • Content creation
  • Social Media Management
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Site management and evaluation

Communications and Grant Writing: Chime offers expertise in crafting stories, messages and content by taking complex program or organizational information and synthesizing it into a clear and compelling narrative targeted for your audience. We can help you structure a program, write a competitive grant, and use your stories to engage supporters through a multi-tiered approach. We have raised millions of dollars through our grant writing expertise and we understand every step of the process - from narrative to budget development.

Chime can help you with all aspects of your communications and funding strategies:

  • Strategic communications
  • Government and foundation grant applications and reports
  • Program development - from research to strategy to implementation
  • Web site and blog content
  • Newsletters, press releases, brochures and annual reports
  • White papers and reports
Sheila Schat
is a partner of
Chime Interactive
and manages
its nonprofit
communications division.
Sheila brings a keen sense of storytelling and communications strategy to all aspects of her work. Prior to joining Chime Interactive, Schat worked for ten years for Santa Cruz Community Credit Union, a leading community development credit union, where she developed collaborative and innovative asset building programs for underserved communities and a triple bottom line organizational commitment with effective measurement tools. Under her leadership, the organization received over $6 million in financial awards, a record in its 34-year history. She also worked for ten years as a Program Manager for the Life Balance Institute in Marin County, CA.


Sheila did an outstanding job and substantially increased the funding of Santa Cruz Community Credit Union. Her strategic approach, extensive independent research and writing skills, and her ability to shape a successful program and proposal secured nearly $6 million in grant and loan funding within a 14-month period."
Ginger McNally, Principal, Mission + Money Matters and former CEO of Santa Cruz Community Credit Union