Elevate is a great thought partner. I consider them critical members of my development team. Working with Elevate has expanded our grants portfolio and increased our foundation revenue.
Not only did Elevate help Imagine LA break the $1M grant funding ceiling for the first time, they are a true partner: actively working with us to achieve new levels of strategy, expertise, and clarity in terms of how we talk and write about our ever-evolving organization — and always in the service of our mission to break the cycle of family poverty and homelessness.
Elevate has changed my life as an Executive Director, who was the organization’s principal fundraiser for decades. We experienced continual turnover in the development department, and I was always picking up the pieces. Now, Elevate has helped us cultivate numerous new sources of funding, making it possible for me to focus on securing deep-pocket individual donors.
When we came to understand the need for a dedicated grants professional to complete our development team, we initially planned to make an internal hire. Despite a long search, we were unable to find the right individual to lead our institutional giving efforts, and we decided to go with Elevate. Looking back, we couldn’t be happier with this decision. Instead of one staff person, with Elevate we have a whole team of people who write grants, mine the field for new opportunities, and manage the administrative work of our grants program. It’s great bang for your buck. With Elevate’s support, we have raised millions of dollars and built a diverse and sustainable grants program.
With Elevate, you get a crew of dedicated, incredibly knowledgeable professionals who become a high-level strategy team for your organization. My conversations with our Elevate team have resulted not only in winning proposals, but also in re-envisioning some of the work that we do in the community to better fit with our own strategic objectives.
With Elevate, I know that I have a stellar team that is constantly thinking strategically about the organization and how to position us for success with grants. They write about our work in a way that is exciting to read, and we have brought in more funding with Elevate because we’ve partnered to make our best possible case to funders.