Contracts & Rates


Not-for-profit organizations (501c3 and similar)   $90/hour
Public and private sector (government units, businesses) $100/hour
Overage Rate (hours beyond base contract) +15%
Rush Rate* $125/hour

 *Less than 72 hour turnaround requested by client, or Upward Development has to request information, documents or a response 3+ time

Regional rates for development consultants and grant fundraisers in small and medium-sized cities are typically $60 to $150 an hour. We do not work on a commission or percentage basis. See this link for more information.

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Rogue River – Rainie Falls Trail – Josephine County, OR

We Use Written Contracts

We develop custom contracts to meet the needs of each organization. Their format, timeline and content is mutually determined based on the scope of work, any deadlines, available budget, and the scheduling constraints of all parties.

Contract Types and Project Examples

  • An hourly rate contract works well for smaller projects. A cap on hours is included to protect all parties.
    • Writing letters of inquiry, small and medium grants. Reviewing documents. Researching funding partners and making recommendations.
  • Flat fee contracts are better for large projects. They include a cap on hours, rush rates and overage rate for time needed to finish the contract and/or meet deadlines.
    • Medium to large grants, federal and state grants, assessments, strategic planning, financial analysis and budgeting.
  • Retainer contracts work well for ongoing development consulting and grant fundraising. We offer quarterly, 6-month or annual contracts with discounted rates.
    • Writing multiple proposals, grant pipeline development, award management, HR support, major campaign development and implementation.
  • Custom contracts
    • Policies updated, researched, analyzed and/or written, wage comparability studies, training workshops

Requirements for all contracts

  1. We use a written contract. We will gladly provide a sample upon request.
  2. There is a $350 minimum on any contract for services (~3.5 hours provided and paid for).
  3. All types of services are billed at the same rate, in 15-minute increments (.25 hrs).
  4. Regular communication and good engagement is required from all key parties for successful outcomes.
  5. The following clauses are in all contracts, though we hope to avoid using them:
  • 20% penalty fee for ending contracts early (before 90% is completed and paid for) without extraordinary cause.
  • Fees are imposed if clients breach our contract, extend the timeline, and/or cancel meetings without notice ($75+).