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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about working with The Accion Group

If you’re located in Florida, can you help us if we’re located in a different state?

Absolutely. While we’re located in the State of Florida, The Accion Group has helped many organizations across the country and around the world.

Is it possible for The Accion Group to write the grant proposal and receive a percentage-based commission once it’s funded?

Over the years, we have worked with thousands of organizations of all budget sizes—from startups with minimal budgets to multimillion-dollar organizations—and different lifecycles. Our clients include community and faith-based organizations, businesses, government and educational institutions. Our criteria for working with you is whether we believe we can help you advance your goals and become successful.
Having said that, please do not call us if you espouse hate against any particular individual and group. We do not advocate hate against anyone and we will not help advance that goal for any reason.

Are there any kind of clients you won’t work with?

Over the years, we have worked with thousands of organizations of all budget sizes—from startups with minimal budgets to multimillion-dollar organizations—and different lifecycles. Our clients include community and faith-based organizations, businesses, government and educational institutions. Our criteria for working with you is whether we believe we can help you advance your goals and become successful.

Having said that, please do not call us if you espouse hate against any particular individual and group. We do not advocate hate against anyone and we will not help advance that goal for any reason.

What are your rates?

Projects are highly customized to your needs and budget. Once you have your complimentary call with one of our client specialist or another team member (at no cost to you), we will quote you a fixed cost for your project, with several options. So that we can do the best job for you, it is helpful if you let us know what you have budgeted for various projects.

Our situation is sensitive. Will our conversations with you be confidential?

Absolutely. Every staff person, intern and consultant at The Accion Group signs a confidentiality agreement when he or she begins work with TAG. We have facilitated sensitive conversations between family members, partnerships involving friends, organizations serving as fiscal agents, merger conversations, challenging situations with staff and boards, financial challenges, new fundraising campaigns, searches and many more sensitive topics. Every conversation is held in the strictest of confidence. We will not discuss conversations or release anything to the public or others without your expressed verbal or written permission

How soon can we start?

Once you accept a proposal, we’ll turn it into a quick letter of agreement (LOA) for your signature and we can get started. Most projects start within two days to a week of an LOA being signed.

OK, so I’m ready to find out how TAG can help me. What should I do?

Call us at 888.991.1863 and we will talk through what you’re looking for—then, based on the outcomes and results you’re looking for, we may set up a meeting with some of our team members who are experts (e.g., fundraising, evaluation, grant writing, strategic planning, social enterprises, communications, social media, brand development) so that we can develop a highly customized approach and proposal for you.

Need to schedule a call later? Click here and fill out our contact form, letting us know a little bit about you and your project and times that you’re available for a TAG team member to contact you.

Why should we pay a grant writer upfront if we aren’t guaranteed to get the grant?

Proposals succeed or fail for a number of reasons, most of which are out of the grantwriter’s control. Among these are:

• The strength of the project: its feasibility, whether it meets a clear community need, and whether it has a well-planned budget.
• How well the project fits the funder’s interests.
• The non-profit’s reputation, track record and financial history.
• Relationships: how well the funder knows and trusts the non-profit’s board and staff.
• Competition: how many other requests the funder has received and from whom.
• Funds and timing: how much money the funder has available in this cycle.
• The state of the economy and the funder’s finances: whether their assets are growing or shrinking.

Finally, a key element is the quality and persuasiveness of the proposal. This is the part the grantwriter controls, and it is important. But even the most beautifully written proposal will fail if other factors are not in its favor. Grantwriters are skilled professionals who deserve to be paid for their time and expertise. They are an important part of the fundraising team, but it takes the work of the whole organization — as well as favorable circumstances — for a grant proposal to succeed. That is why the grantwriter’s fee should not be tied to the success of the proposal.

How are we supposed to pay a grantwriter if we don’t have any money?

The direct answer to this objection is: “If you don’t have any money, you’re not ready to apply for a grant.” Grants are rarely an organization’s first dollar, nor should they be.
Most funders are wary of start-ups, and many require an organization to have its 501(c)(3) for two or three years before applying. Grants are not the bread-and-butter of nonprofit revenue; most unrestricted contributions come from individuals. The Giving USA chart of private (non-government) giving for 2002 shows that 84% of contributions come from individuals (including bequests), while only 11% comes from foundations and 5% from corporations. New nonprofits don’t need a grantwriter who works on contingency; they need to develop a long-range organizational plan, including a plan for building their membership and raising funds from individuals. For their first dollar, they need to get support from their board.

I noticed that you work with high profile clients however we are just starting out and have a small budget to work with. Can you help us?

Yes we can. A really high-value way for you to tap into TAG’s expertise on a small budget is through our Training Memberships. Each of our fun and engaging trainings is facilitated by a TAG staff person with specific expertise in the area—you can benefit from her or his expertise and insights into the challenges you are facing as a startup, whether it’s recruiting board members, fundraising, communications and marketing, program development or evaluation.

For a fixed fee, you can send up to two people to unlimited trainings; TAG has over 100 trainings annually. Click here to choose the membership level that is right to you.

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