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Certified Dream Builder, Inc.

Empowering Visionaries and Changemakers

Founded in 2016 by Dr. Barbara Wright, Certified Dream Builder, Inc. (CDB) stands at the forefront of empowering non-profits, churches, and community-serving organizations. We specialize in unlocking funding opportunities and fostering growth for entities dedicated to making a significant impact in their communities. Our services extend beyond borders, touching lives on local, state, and national levels.

At CDB, we don't just write grants; we build dreams. Our suite of services includes expert grant writing, strategic contract services, and comprehensive strategic planning. We understand the unique challenges faced by non-profits and community organizations and tailor our services to meet these needs, ensuring our clients are always funding-ready.

Our innovative approach, spearheaded by Dr. Barbara Wright, includes the groundbreaking Canvas Grant Writing System and user-friendly Grant Writing and Budget Apps for IOS and Android. These tools are crafted to streamline the funding process, aligning your organization's mission with the latest funding trends and priorities.

Transforming Dreams into Tangible Successes

Certified Dream Builder is more than a service provider; we are partners in your journey to make a difference. Our commitment to your success is reflected in our hands-on workshops, personalized consulting services, and events focused on contract and loan application readiness. Let us be the architects of your vision, turning your dreams into funded and sustainable realities.


Dr. Barbara Wright




Architect of Dreams and Funding Maestro

Dr. Barbara Wright, the visionary founder of Certified Dream Builder, Inc., is a distinguished figure in grant writing, fund development, and educational training. With over twenty years of expertise, she has become an instrumental force in securing substantial funding for a variety of entities, amassing over $150 million in grants.

Her career spans influential roles such as Program Manager for the Housing Authority of Kansas City and Grant Manager for Kansas City Public Schools. .

Dr. Wright's innovative contributions to the field include the One Hour to Grant app and the 1 Hour 2 Funds Budget Scaling app, along with her acclaimed Canvas Grant Writing System. These tools reflect her dedication to efficiency and effectiveness in grant writing. Her educational prowess is showcased in over 30 developed courses and their accompanying curriculums and workbooks, covering essential grant-related topics.

As a holder of a Lifetime Missouri Certification in Business Education, a Bachelor's in Business Administration, a Master's in Education-Curriculum & Instruction, and a Ph.D. in Religious Education, Dr. Wright stands as a beacon of knowledge and inspiration. She's not just a grant writer; she's a transformational mindset motivational speaker, inspiring organizations to achieve their highest potential. Join Dr. Wright and Certified Dream Builder, Inc. on a journey to turn visionary ideas into funded realities.

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