Hey, I'm Shavonn.
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.
Shavonn Richardson, MBA, GPC
Founder, Think and Ink Grants™
Based in Atlanta, GA, clients outsource their grant-seeking needs to
Think and Ink Grants because we provide end-to-end support under one roof:
Nonprofit Consulting, Grant Research, Grant Writing, Relationship Building,
Grant Management, and Evaluation services.
Our grant writers and nonprofit consultants specialize in grants supporting
women, children, health, and education. Our clients are large 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, colleges and universities, and government entities.
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Learn about our Get.Grants.Better. offering for Smaller Nonprofits.
Are you looking for grant writers in Atlanta, Georgia or across the United States, to fuel your specific organization’s needs?
Your journey starts now.
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 100 years of combined experience and has leveraged over $25 million for our clients.
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...
Maximize your grant seeking through our proven Think and Ink Grants™ Approach
Nonprofit Consulting and Grant Research
It all starts with finding the right grant opportunities to help you achieve your goals.
Theory of Change
Board of Director Engagement
Nonprofit Goals, Mission, and Vision Statement
Program Design (Goals, Objective, and Outcomes Development)
Community Needs Assessment
Mock Review and Editing
*Additional topics are available on request.
Potential Deliverables include:
Theory of Change Summary
Annual Strategic Plan
A Data-Based Statement of Needs
Capacity Improvement Plan
Partnership Identification Plan
Collaborative Application Strategic Plan
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.
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.
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.
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