Founded in 2013, Elevate has grown to be a leader in grants and institutional fundraising.
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Elevate’s signature service is comprehensive grant writing and strategy. We build, revive, and boost grant programs.
Ideal for nonprofits that want to apply for a specific grant or grants, but lack the capacity to take it on themselves.
GAPs help jump-start a sustainable grants strategy for new nonprofits or programs.
Learn from the pros! Elevate’s workshops are designed to be interactive and experiential.
Check out the full schedule of upcoming workshops and webinars with Elevate.
These are free events, designed to bring local nonprofit professionals together to learn about in-demand topics.
Free trainings on how to write your first grant, and lay the foundation for a successful grants program.
We’ll work with you to plan and execute a customized, interactive grant training for your nonprofit staff.
Get to know a few of our clients and learn what their partnership with Elevate has done for them.
Read what our clients are saying about their team, our process, and most importantly, the results.
We’ve been privileged to work with 200+ nonprofits across the sector. See a selected list here.
March 18, 2020
Concrete tips for continuing to fundraise effectively, even when ‘normalcy’ has been disrupted.
February 13, 2020
Avoid common mistakes, create a plan, and make the strongest possible case for funding.
January 31, 2020
Our favorite tools for staying organized, well-informed, and effective in our work year-round.
January 27, 2020
How to go from “I’m responsible for hitting this fundraising target” to “we’re all in this together.”
December 9, 2019
Tips and exercises to help you set meaningful goals for your grant program in the coming year.
November 21, 2019
Practicing gratitude with your institutional funders doesn't have to feel forced, complicated, or dry.
November 6, 2019
How to put together a thoughtful prospecting strategy to help guide your organization's research.
October 28, 2019
Three key reasons it's important to adopt empowering, strengths-based language in your fundraising strategy.
How to craft compelling proposals for advocacy activities, particularly as a complement to direct services.
October 21, 2019
Put together a job application that avoids common pitfalls, and helps you stand out for the right reasons.
September 23, 2019
Advice from funders on how nonprofits can engage before, during and after an executive transition.
September 16, 2019
Tips and tricks of strengthening funder relationships throughout an executive transition.
September 9, 2019
In this post, search consultant and former grantmaker Carlyn Madden examines different types of transitions.
August 9, 2019
Do's and Don'ts from funders across the country, for how to get the numbers right and make a winning ask.
July 29, 2019
Tips to help you speak up about important subjects in a way that’s both honest and clear, while still keeping...
June 26, 2019
Building strong relationships with individual donors can transform your fundraising strategy.
May 23, 2019
Consultant Derry Deringer shares insight about what corporations want out of a partnership with a nonprofit.
May 22, 2019
In this interview, Derry Deringer shares what goes into making a successful corporate-nonprofit partnership.
March 21, 2019
What it means to build resilience in your grants program, and how to start moving in the right direction.
March 15, 2019
What the winemaking process and a successful grants program have in common.
February 13, 2019
Our answers to four frequently asked questions to help you craft a strong, fiscally-sound program budget.
January 10, 2019
Five strategies straight from the nation’s leading funders, on how to write a grant proposal that stands out.
November 26, 2018
Do's and Don'ts to ensure your organization’s Giving Tuesday campaign is part of a larger strategy.
October 31, 2018
Providing donors with suggested donation options is a tried and tested way to make a compelling ask, and increase donations.
October 24, 2018
An introduction and brief history of the global giving movement, and how to make sure your nonprofit doesn't miss out.
September 28, 2018
Celebrating our clients who work to ensure education in the U.S. is effective, accessible, and equitable.
September 12, 2018
7 strategies to help you to effectively engage your CEO in your fundraising activities and goals.
July 5, 2018
Planning tips to help staff enjoy time away from the office, without negatively impacting their team.
June 15, 2018
Regular feedback is a great way to improve overall team performance.
May 11, 2018
A look at the many ways our clients serve mothers.
April 11, 2018
Why differentiation is a winning strategy.
March 22, 2018
Strategy is key to achieving both efficiency and results.
March 1, 2018
Plus a free downloadable template to get you started.
February 8, 2018
Demonstrating that your program is stable, but that you still need funding is tricky.
January 18, 2018
Four ways to systematize the grant writing process.
December 11, 2017
How to factor in common apprehensions.
November 17, 2017
Practical tips and tricks to make your forecast more accurate and useful.
November 2, 2017
Tips to help you keep your grant attachment files organized and up to date.
October 19, 2017
How to equip and guide your Board members to be an effective part of your grants strategy.
October 6, 2017
The skillful use of inclusive language in grant proposals can lead to positive social change.
August 10, 2017
You are going to be asked to explain who leads your organization and why they are qualified. Here's how.
July 7, 2017
A strong need statement uses data to explain the problem your organization solves.
June 13, 2017
5 tips for staying on your funders' radar and seeming eager to collaborate, without being obnoxious.
June 1, 2017
Create a system to stay on top of deadlines, find new opportunities, and maximize your resources.
May 9, 2017
Don't let the allure of social media distract you from building a strong, focused grants strategy.
March 10, 2017
Our clients benefit from AmeriCorps members’ service and we're lucky to have a few alumni on our team.
January 26, 2017
While most of Elevate’s posts focus on how to win grants, it’s also important to know how grants are lost.
January 12, 2017
As a leader, you have to predict the future—and prepare your organization to respond. Here's how.
January 1, 2017
Your job is to translate the importance of your organization to donors, partners, and volunteers.
December 29, 2016
Deciding whether or not to accept a grant you won can be difficult. Having a giving policy can help.
December 1, 2016
What is too much information for one funder might be expected information for another.
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