Public and private sector (government units, businesses)
Overage Rate (hours beyond base contract)
*Less than 72 hour turnaround requested by client, or we have to request information, documents or a response 3+ times.
Notes on Rates
Sometimes discounts are offered to small nonprofits (less than $250,000 annual budget). Discounts are not typically offered to large organizations unless we’ve worked together successfully on a project before and there is a significant amount of work involved.
Organizations who are referred by NAO will pay a slightly higher rate than what is posted here (an additional 5%), due to referral fees our company must pay as an NAO member.
Regional rates for development consultants and grant fundraisers in small and medium-sized cities typically range from $60 to $150 an hour.
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We develop custom contracts to meet the needs of each organization served. The timeline and deliverables are based on the requested scope of work, applicable deadlines, client’s budget, 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.
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
There is a $500 minimum on any contract for services (~5.5 hours of services provided and paid for).
All types of consulting services are billed at the same rate in 15-minute increments (.25 hrs).
Regular communication and good engagement is required from all key parties for successful outcomes.
The following clauses are in all contracts, though we hope to avoid using them:
20% penalty fee for clients ending contracts early (before ~85% is paid for) without extraordinary cause.
Fees apply if clients breach the contract, extend the timeline, and/or cancel meetings without notice ($75-250).