A Little About Us
As marketing and funding development strategists, we specialize in consulting with organizations in a start-up or transitional stage, often beginning a formal fund development program for the first time and considering options as far ranging as individual giving, grants, impact investing, tax credits, loans for microenterprise, and earned income ventures.
Located in Northern New Jersey, midway between New York and Pennsylvania, we have been serving nonprofits and social entrepreneurs since 2003.
Organizational and Funding Development
Most people come to us initially seeking grants to fuel their start-up or growth, and the first step we take is the Grant Readiness Audit™. During the Grant Readiness Audit™ we measure your organization's preparedness against the factors grantmakers consider when making investments.
We may also recommend an Entrepreneur's Environmental Scan™ to help you best position yourself in the market, identify potential competitors and partners, and look broadly at the types of funding that could fuel your growth.
Building Relationships, Building Brands™
Building collaborative relationships with people, online and off, provides a foundation for brand building and fund development. We can coach you through the process identifying and connecting with the influencers in your field and building better relationships with your board, staff, volunteers, beneficiaries, community supporters, online followers, and donors.
Current Areas of Interest
A Leader in the Grantmanship Field
As a leader in the field of grantsmanship, we seek to uplift the entire nonprofit sector by sharing our knowledge with others and producing vital change in the grant writing field.
Our founder, Melanie R. Negrin, was the sixth in New Jersey to received the GPC (Grant Professional Certification), which recognizes a grant professional's combination of knowledge, dedication to the field of grantsmanship, and leadership in the community.
As a testament to her commitment, Melanie launched the For GrantWriters Only community in April 2009, which now connects nearly 2,500 grant professionals from around the globe.
Training & Speaking Engagements
Mrs. Negrin has been honored to present at both regional and national conferences of the Grant Professionals Association (GPA), and to appear as a guest lecturer with the Masters of Library & Information Science program at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She has also presented group workshops for several regional library cooperatives within the State of New Jersey.