Our History

Robert J. Miller & Associates, Inc. was founded in 1976 by Robert Miller, M.B.A., a former management analyst with the U.S. Department of Defense and grants development specialist with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (formerly the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare).  Prior to these positions, Mr. Miller served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, working as a hospital administrator and combat medic.  He was awarded the Army Commendation and Bronze Star medals for his meritorious service while attached to the U.S. Army Headquarters in South Vietnam.

During his federal service, Mr. Miller served as a grants review specialist for over $150 million in federal health and education grants annually.  He also participated in the design and implementation of the U.S. military’s first worldwide alcohol and drug abuse prevention and treatment program.  During this period, Mr. Miller prepared U.S. Congressional testimony leading to the passage of the Health Programs Extension Act of 1973, which preserved the nation’s public investment in the health care delivery system during the turbulent final years of the Nixon Administration.

Following his departure from government service in 1976, Mr. Miller pulled together several of the most experienced grant writers in the nation to form RJMA.  We were the first known consulting firm in the United States specializing in providing grants development services to the nonprofit sector.  One of our first and most successful initiatives was the securing of $115 million to continue the work of the Regional Medical Programs.  These programs eventually led to the formation of a national network of health systems agencies, which pioneered the development of certificate of need legislation for the healthcare industry.

RJMA was quickly recognized for its innovations in the acquisition and management of the vast amounts of information pertaining to the nation’s over 70,000 private and corporate foundations, as well as federal and state government grant making agencies.  Our uniquely designed computerized database management system enabled us to identify and track grant opportunities that the U.S. nonprofit community could otherwise only find through time consuming and labor intensive analysis of printed materials.

Today, RJMA has grown into a highly respected grants development and fundraising consulting firm, headquartered in Buffalo, NY.  We serve education, healthcare, and community-based human service organizations throughout the United States.  Having generated over $500 million in discretionary competitive grants for our clients over the past 40 years, RJMA’s depth of grant seeking experience is unparalleled by other individuals or firms.

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