Think and Ink Grant Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia
Grant Writers and Nonprofit Consultants

We help nonprofits strategize and "think" about grants
by transforming grant-seeking strategies

We help nonprofits "ink" competitive grants
by optimizing grant writing

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Hey, I'm Shavonn.

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It's nice to meet you. 

 

Why are you here?  You are here because grant writing is hard work.  It takes time and talent to find and write grants that win.

My team and I are here to help your organization increase your ability to win grants. Learn more about me here.

In service,

- Shavonn

Shavonn Richardson, MBA, GPC

Founder, Think and Ink Grants™

About Think and Ink Grants™ 

Founded in 2016 in Atlanta, GA, Think and Ink Grant Consulting™ (Think and Ink Grants™) specializes in helping 501(c)(3) nonprofits supporting women, children, health, and education. We provide customized solutions to help nonprofits “think” then “ink” strategies to solve problems, find grants, connect with funders, and deepen community impact.

Think and Ink Grants™ provides outsourced grant writing and nonprofit consulting services to nonprofit clients including large 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, municipalities, and health organizations. We provide full service end-to-end grant-seeking support under one roof through five in-house services: grant seeking strategic planning, grant research, grant writing, grant management, and evaluation support. We are a women-owned, black-owned business.

Our newest initiative, Get.Grants.Better.™ provides training, education, and discounted services to underserved emerging 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

What makes Think and Ink Grants™ unique?

#1. We help your nonprofit "think" then "ink" your next grant opportunity:

 

"Think" - our grant-seeking strategy and evaluation support help your organization think strategically about how to increase funding and demonstrate impact.

 

"Ink"- our grant writing, grant research, and grant management support help your organization infuse new funding into your organization.

 

#2.  Our team has over 150 years combined experience proving real-world, practical advice as former program managers at major foundations, nonprofit leaders, federal grant reviewers, and more.  Many of our team members have a successful track record of winning grants and are Grant Professional Certified grant writers and/or Grant Professionals Association Approved Trainers. We uphold the grant profession's Code of Ethics as members of the Grant Professionals Association. 

 

#3. We specialize in writing grants supporting women, children, health, and education. We believe if we focus on improving these four focus areas, we can help change the world.

 

#4.  We support all of your grant-seeking needs under one roof - we consult,  find grants, write grants, manage grants, and evaluate programs all within our firm.

 

#5.  We teach nonprofits and train grant writers on how to write grants.  As a result, we provide our clients with the most advanced and cutting-edge techniques in the grant professionals industry- our curated and time-proven approach to composing grant proposals is unmatched.

Who is our typical client?

We are not a firm that simply churns out grant proposals hoping for a win.  We work with clients committed to entering a partnership of applying thoughtful strategies to grant seeking.  

Most clients outsource their grant-seeking efforts to our firm.  We either operate as an outsourced grant office or fill in as little or as much as you need us as we work in collaboration with your existing team.  Our clients often have operating budgets of $3 million or more and include state and county municipalities, K-12 schools, organizations committed to building community wealth, institutions and universities of higher education, organizations supporting underserved women and children, health and behavioral health care centers, and more.   

 

Does this sound like you?  Talk to us today.

 

We also have Get.Grants.Better.™, our subsidiary providing training, education, and discounted services to underserved small-sized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.  Adapted from our traditional client offering Think and Ink Grants™, Get.Grants.Better.™ is designed to meet the unique needs (and budgets) of emerging nonprofit organizations. Learn more or sign up here.

We do not currently offer services supporting for-profit entities.

 

Your journey starts now.

 

Are you looking for grant writers in Atlanta, Georgia or across the United States, to fuel your specific organization’s needs?

There are thousands of different grants available through funders.
 
Yes, it's a long list—but there are a few things you can do to hone in on the ones that will specifically support your goals.
 
Based in Atlanta, GA, Think and Ink Grants™ helps you "think" then "ink" your next grant opportunity.  Our team has over 150 years of combined experience and has leveraged over $25 million for our clients.  We even have an on-staff evaluator in-house.
 
Our mission is to find the perfect grants, win them, and manage them so our clients build a consistent and strong relationship with funders. 

 

If you’re interested in getting the right grants for your organization and building amazing funder relationships, continue reading...

Let us help your nonprofit maximize your grant seeking.

 

Grant Seeking Strategic Planning and Grant Research

It all starts with finding the right grant opportunities to help you achieve your goals.

 

Our approach to Grant Seeking Strategic Planning and Grant Research helps you clearly articulate and define your organization's grant-seeking strategy with each specific funder in mind.

 

Our Grant Seeking Strategic Planning* services are vital in helping you align the internal working of your nonprofit and ensure every part of your organization supports grant seeking.  We help your organization meet your organizational goals of developing a(n): 

  • Theory of Change

  • Organizational Strategy

  • Capacity Building

  • Board of Director Engagement

  • Nonprofit Goals, Mission, and Vision Statement

  • Program Design (Goals, Objective, and Outcomes Development)

  • Community Needs Assessment

  • Identify Collaborators

  • Mock Review and Editing

  • Evaluation Planning

*Additional topics are available on request.

Potential Deliverables include:

 

  • Logic Model

  • Theory of Change Summary

  • Annual Strategic Plan

  • A Data-Based Statement of Needs

  • Capacity Improvement Plan

  • Evaluation Plan

  • Partnership Identification Plan

  • Collaborative Application Strategic Plan

Once the Grant Seeking Strategic Planning is completed, we examine each part of your organization and recommend a customized strategy of how your organization should pursue grants to improve your organization's ability to submit competitive proposals.

 

Our Grant Research services develop an initial funder list with funders with a history of supporting organizations just like yours.   We’ll take a comprehensive look at all the funders available to you, then match their giving history with your organization's initiatives. This results in a highly targeted list of funder opportunities that appeal to the funders’ interests while also fulfilling your organizational needs.

Grant Writing and Relationship Building

Wondering about the most effective way to win grants and find the perfect grant writer?  

 

One thing you probably know is that funders are inundated with grant applications. So, naturally, finding a way to stand out is important. That’s why we use a specific formula to create our competitive proposals through our Think and Ink Grants Grant Writing process. 

 

We know that funders are looking for a very specific set of items in each application they get—and the more aligned you are with what an individual funder is looking for, the higher your chance of success becomes.

 

Our approach involves developing a competitive proposal by writing and submitting grants.  Using the research we’ve gathered, our Grant Writing process handcrafts each proposal to clearly position your organization's missions and initiatives as a prime candidate. 

 

Competitive proposals must:

 

  • Align your program with the funder’s funding interests.

  • Explain why your program and organization are unique.

  • Incorporate your program's potential for community impact.

  • Demonstrate that you have the capacity to execute the project.

  • Demonstrate your past successes.

  • Clearly define the roadmap to success.

  • Explain how you will measure and evaluate success (short and long term).

  • Prove your program is sustainable beyond the funding period.

Our Relationship Building services help you be on the front line in building impactful relationships with funders.  We help you approach each funder with the confidence and knowledge to succeed.

 

Grant Management and Evaluation

Where do most organizations drop the ball when receiving grant funding?

 

After years of grant consulting we’ve seen all the struggles organizations go through to find, receive, and maintain funding.

 

What we’re about to share is one of the largest mistakes we see organizations make: Most organizations do not manage the funder relationship appropriately or set up the correct processes to keep funding relationships strong.

 

That’s why our approach to Grant Management and Evaluation is a game-changer.

 

One factor a lot of organizations overlook is the importance of having a comprehensive grant management system in place and the importance of evaluating and reporting the success of your program. 

 

All funder requirements are different. Some need varying levels of weekly or monthly reports, while sometimes funding installments are directly tied to your progress on specific initiatives.

 

Having a comprehensive reporting system that clearly shows the progress you’ve made toward your goals is critical to developing and maintaining a good relationship with funders.

 

If you don’t develop a comprehensive reporting system you could end up:

 

  • Not receiving the full amount of funding available to you.

  • Be excluded from future funding opportunities.

  • Undergoing legal and financial consequences.

 

This is why the Grant Management and Evaluation phase is so instrumental to your future funding opportunities.

 

Putting a defined process in place to easily measure, evaluate, and report your initiatives will allow you to develop strong funder relationships and tell your story. All of which, when done correctly, will make your future funding needs more manageable.

 

Think and Ink Grants can help you transform your grant seeking. 

Get in touch with one of our talented grant writers

in Atlanta, Georgia today:

 

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