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Nonprofit Consulting & Grant Writing Services

This is Us

Over twenty years of experience. Tens of millions of dollars raised.

We help nonprofit organizations bridge the gap between mission and money  by creating sustainable strategies to support organizational growth.


Every nonprofit organization has its own culture and community. We get to know you and build a partnership that is specific and intentional.

We are a high-touch consultancy. 

We don't speak cookie cutter.


Growth happens when organizations respond to the environment we live in today. We help you create sustainable strategies and flexible action plans with benchmarks for success.


No plans that sit on a shelf.


What will the world look like when your work is done? We help you clarify the answer and share it with your stakeholders. Be the change you want to see in the world* and others will follow.

*Gandhi, of course. 


Engage. Grow. Matter More.




Promote a Culture of Success

Adaptive Planning

Board Development & Training

Board Recruitment

Leadership Assessment
Meeting & Retreat Facilitation

Fund Development Solutions

Improve Fundraising Outcomes

Assessment & Readiness

Authentic Fundraising Events

Campaign Study & Planning
Case Development 

Supportive Content

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Grant Writing

Expand  Impact: Corporate - Government - Private Sources

Assessment & Readiness 

Narrative & Proposal Development

Prospect Research
Reporting & Compliance

Staff Training


Cecily Lerner

My passion for community service began at age 8 when I volunteered at a charity telethon. Since my professional nonprofit career kicked off in 1998, I've developed a comprehensive portfolio of experiences and skills that inform my practice. I’m a fundraiser at heart. That means I look at my work through a fund development lens. I can’t help it.

In my current capacity, I provide consultative, freelance, and interim services to nonprofit organizations of all shapes and sizes. I have my finger on the pulse of today’s impact sector and I’m good at helping clients develop more effective leaders, improve fundraising outcomes, and build capacity to do more meaningful work in our community. I care about your success. It's my world, too. 

When I’m not preoccupied with how to help you be even more awesome, I’m probably taking a writing class, reading a fiction novel, or spending time with my family.

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What Clients are Saying About Us

Cecily has worked with Safe Parking LA for over 5 years. She continues to be instrumental to our expansion and growth. Her leadership in grant making and fundraising has continued to support our impact. She’s thorough, on time, and proactive in her scope of work. She has worked with our board of directors and leadership team and we always learn something from her philanthropy perspective. As I’ve worked with her I’ve relied on her expertise as a strategy partner and trust her judgement. This year we hired our first professional development employee with Cecily mentoring us in the process. She demonstrates a commitment to the success of the agencies she works with. 

Silvia M. Gutierrez, EML
Former Executive Director
Safe Parking LA

We first met Cecily working on a music education project with the LA Phil and Fidelity Investments, which evolved into a nationwide initiative with tremendous impact for many schools and students. We sought her out a few years later, working as a consultant, to help us create a development plan. Since she knew our work and culture, she incorporated our unique program and human resources into a workable plan for success. Over the years, we've relied on Cecily's perspective and knowledge to help us work through issues and challenges - from board development and engagement to staffing needs, to overall strategy and succession planning. She's our go-to sounding board. I recommend Cecily highly - have coffee and pancakes with her and then get to work.

Felice Mancini
President and CEO
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation

Cecily is a creative, energetic and committed professional with a strong moral compass. Results oriented, Cecily is a life long learner and strong team player who is not afraid to speak truth to power. Cecily's innovative leadership has greatly benefited the Child and Family Guidance Center and it has been a privilege to get to know her.

Janice Hayes Kyser

Board Member

Child and Family Guidance Center

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