Grant Writing, Marketing Communications and Development Services
Frequently Asked Questions Who are your current and recent clients? All of our clients are non-profit organizations. Our current and past clients include Abbott House, Boys and Girls Clubs of Northern Westchester, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, Canticorum Virtuosi, Center for Human Options, Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, Child Care Council of Westchester, Community Center of Northern Westchester, Country Children’s Center, Downtown Music, Gilda's Club Westchester, JCY-Westchester Community Partners, Lifting Up Westchester, Music Conservatory of Westchester, Ossining Children’s Center, Paramount Center for the Arts, Putnam ARC, SCORE Westchester, Sustainable Westchester, Teatown Lake Reservation, The Guidance Center, Westchester Exceptional Children's School, and the YMCA of Central & Northern Westchester, among others. Please see the Who We Work For section for a complete listing of clients. How do you work with staff? The difference between Howie Marketing & Consulting and many other grant writers and fundraising consultants is that we are able to take a project from start to finish with little assistance from the Development Officer or Executive Director. We will find suitable funders. We will do the necessary demographic research. We will create the needs assessment, project details, objectives, outcomes, target markets, evaluation techniques, methodology, etc. Once the proposal is written, you will receive a draft to circulate, complete with cover letter. After you make any necessary corrections, a final package will be prepared for you to sign and mail or we can submit it online on your behalf. Are you available for meetings? If you would like to meet with anyone on our staff to further lay out program details or feel more comfortable asking questions or relaying information face-to-face, we are available to do so at your convenience. On the other hand, if your time is limited, we would be happy to correspond with you via e-mail, telephone, or fax. What billing arrangements do you offer? Depending on your budget, we can offer you various options. If your finances are limited, we can bill you by the project, at an hourly rate. For those that know they want to submit grants regularly, we can agree to a specific number of hours per week, at an agreed upon hourly rate. For those who prefer to have a consistent monthly accounting entry, we offer a monthly retainer for a specific amount with a guaranteed minimum number of hours per month. Typically, bills are sent out monthly on the last day of the month. How do I get billed? Typically, bills are sent out monthly on the last day of the month. Do I need to sign a contract with you? Howie Marketing and Consulting will provide you with a contract before any work is started. However, there is no risk to you. After completion of all verbally contracted projects, you can cancel the contract by sending us a letter via email or in writing. What would I need to send you in order to get started? Most corporate, foundation, and government grants require the following items attached to your grant proposal: 501 (C) 3 tax exempt letter, financial audit, 990 tax return, organizational budget, list of current financial sponsors, board of directors list, annual report, organizational brochure or press kit, and recent newsletter. In addition, we would need a stack of letterhead, envelopes or address labels to have on hand if we need to send out a grant proposal on your behalf. Do I have to find my own funding sources, or are you able to find them for me? We are able to access the funders that are most applicable to your organization through online foundation databases, grant RFP e-newsletters and other sources. However, your organization might have direct knowledge of funders via your own correspondence or experience. We usually prepare a list of funders through a combination of our own searches and your knowledge. Do you ever work on a percentage basis? We do not work on a contingent fee basis. In most cases, grant preparation costs cannot be paid from a grant, unless specified as an eligible cost item in the RFP's budget instruction. Also, respected industry organizations such as the Grant Professionals Association frown upon the practice and consider it unethical. We charge a flat hourly rate or monthly retainer, regardless of the success of the grant application. Our bill will itemize the project(s) and the number of hours. Upon request, we will provide a price quote.
Do you have a special relationship with funders? Howie Marketing and Consulting knows many funders and can certainly provide contact information to a client that wishes to call ahead or follow up on an application. However, as a registered fundraising counsel with the NYS Charities Bureau, we cannot ask for money on your behalf. For the most part, funders typically do not know about our involvement in the proposal development process; in essence, we are a "ghost writer" for you. Our job is to provide you with high quality, technically correct, "fundable" proposals that have a chance at being funded.