Nonprofit organizations (501c3 and fiscally-sponsored organizations, school districts)   $150/hour
Public and private sector (state and local government units, businesses) $175/hour
Evenings and weekends
Rush Rate* $200 to $250/hour

 *Less than 2-day turnaround requested by client, or when we request information, documents or a response 3+ times.

Notes on Rates

Sometimes we offer discounts to smaller nonprofits (less than $250,000 annual budget), BIPOC-led groups, and nonprofits in rural areas. Sometimes we donate hours instead. Discounts and donations are offered at our discretion.

Upward Development charges the same rates for all types of services.

Regional rates for nonprofit development consultants and grant fundraisers typically range from $100 to $250 an hour.

We do not work on a commission or percentage basis with grants because it is not ethical or in the best interests of nonprofits. The Puget Sound Grantwriters Association has a great resource with more information.

Please contact Andi to discuss your needs and get a free quote.

Rogue River – Rainie Falls Trail – Oregon

We Use Written Contracts

We develop customized contracts to meet the needs of each group or organization served.

Timelines and deliverables are based on the requested scope of work, applicable deadlines, the organization’s budget for services, and the availability of all parties.

Contract Types and Project Examples

  • Hourly rate contracts
    • A cap on hours is included to protect all parties.
    • These are best for writing letters of inquiry, and for developing small and medium grants. They are also used for editing, researching funding partners, and making recommendations for a few grant leads to pursue.
  • Flat fee contracts
    • These also include a cap on hours, as well as rush rate provisions and overage rates for additional time that may be necessary to complete the scope of work.
    • Better for medium to large foundation grants, federal and state grants, assessments, strategic planning, training workshops, and ongoing technical assistance.
  • Retainer contracts
    • These are typically used for clients with whom we’ve established a good working relationship.
    • May include writing multiple grant proposals, grant pipeline development, award management support, and/or major campaigns.

Requirements for all contracts

  1. There is a $1,500 minimum on any contract for services (~10 hours).
  2. All types of consulting and fundraising services are billed in 15-minute increments (.25 hrs).
  3. Regular communication and good engagement is required from all key parties for successful outcomes.
  4. The following clauses are in our contracts, though we hope to avoid using them:
    • Early termination fees on larger contracts, if less than 3/4 of the work is completed and/or paid for.
    • Fees apply if clients breach the contract and/or cancel meetings without notice ($75-500).