How can I help you grow?

Committed and Customized to You

I value each of my client’s unique contributions to making our world a better place. In order to help you grow, I want to get to know you, your organization, your strengths, and your challenges. Contact me to schedule a complimentary Zoom call. If you are local to Dutchess, Ulster, or Columbia County, we can also meet in person a location of your choice. Let’s start building our relationship and laying a strong foundation for our work together. — Jennie Swantz, CFRE, Founder

Get Ready to Grow – Put the Basics Into Place

You’re part of an organization that you are passionate about, but now what? Are you drowning in to-do lists? Are you floundering trying to simultaneously build programs, create a vision, and obtain support for your organization? Just like a garden, organizations thrive (and gardeners relax) when there is a plan in place. Knowing what to do and when to do it keeps you from fighting all the fires at once and burning out. No matter what stage your organization is at, I can help you to clarify your vision and create your plan for fundraising, grant writing, and keeping track of your donors.

Ongoing Cultivation – Grant Writing & Fundraising

Whether you are asking for support from an individual or a foundation, fundraising is all about building relationships and sharing your organization’s story. You are the best person to tell that story, but sometimes you need an extra hand and a fresh perspective. Whether you need a new twist on creating your next year-end appeal, or a grant writer for a few months to help you get those proposals out the door, I can provide the support and solutions you need. In the past 20 years I’ve written more than 500 grant proposals, and created countless online and direct mail appeals that speak to donors and connect them to the heart of your organization’s work.

Master Gardening – Coaching & Training for Success

“Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.” – Hank Rosso.

Does your Board look at you with dread every time you mention fundraising? Do you find yourself overwhelmed by all the shiny new fundraising gimmicks and tactics, or pulling your hair out trying to come up with your own ‘ice bucket challenge’? Successful fundraising doesn’t chase the latest trend. Instead, like any good garden, it requires patience and care to plant the seeds of support and cultivate relationships. Let me guide you and your Board in the process of changing your fundraising mindset from one of asking for handouts, to inviting donors to join you in making the world a better place.