WHOM WE SERVE
We partner with human service charities that serve vulnerable populations, including secular and faith-based organizations. Clients range from small charities to large institutions, from national offices to local chapters, as well as grantmaking institutions such as The Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities.
NOTE: We can support capital campaigns but our primary focus is on securing operating/program grants.
Where We Make the Greatest Impact
The Pain Points We Address
WHY WE CHOSE THIS VOCATION
Our hearts yearn to make a positive impact on the lives of our neighbors. While every employee volunteers personally, we realize that we can make an exponentially greater impact on the world by raising money to fuel mission-driven organizations. We cherish our time working directly with vulnerable people, but we believe that our highest calling is to raise money to allow others to do so. As Peter Drucker writes, “the fruit of our work grows on other people’s trees.”
Our Driving Values
WHAT WE DO
Our primary offering involves outsourced institutional donor development, which is different than contract grantwriting. The latter is short-term and project-based; our model has a long-term focus and is relationship-based.
Step 1: Cultivation
Step 2: Solicitation
Step 3: Stewardship
HOW IT WORKS
We offer a cost-effective alternative to hiring a full-time grantwriter. Our goal is to provide on-going support for your long-term institutional donor development efforts.
Our Team Approach
You will be supported by at least four members of our team:
- Managing Director, who guides the overall strategy of your institutional donor development efforts and provides ongoing support to your staff;
- Partnership Manager, who coordinates all deliverables, deadlines, and projects for your account;
- Lead Writer, who develops the proposal templates as well as your custom proposals, reports, and more;
- Administrative Assistant, who supports the donor research and project fulfillment related to your account.
How We Are Paid
We are paid on a retainer basis and offer discounts for longer term contracts.
We do not accept commissions or any form of payment that is related to a percentage of funds raised, including performance-based bonuses (a practice that has been deemed as unethical by the Association of Fundraising Professionals).
WHY IT WORKS
“Foundations are people.” Raising money from institutional donors involves far more than simply submitting a generic template proposal and crossing your fingers. Our process has been proven to work by focusing on meeting the unique needs of private foundation’s staff and trustees.
NOTE: We also support efforts to raise funding from major donors that would benefit from being treated more like a foundation — i.e. established families that give personally instead of through a foundation, but who donate strategically to achieve a desired impact on society.