Who Have I Helped Recently?Two Examples:Charity Group 1 – Who Do They Serve?A nonprofit in Dickinson, Texas that hold a Backpack and School Supply each year in the underserved community. Dickinson suffered flooding over 70% of its homes in Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Two years later people are st... Read More
Who Have I Helped Recently?
Charity Group 1 – Who Do They Serve?
A nonprofit in Dickinson, Texas that hold a Backpack and School Supply each year in the underserved community. Dickinson suffered flooding over 70% of its homes in Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Two years later people are still trying to rebuild.
What Did I Do: I prepared a fully compliant application for a 501(c)3 Nonprofit status for their organization and prepared a full overview package they can use for grant applications once they get their nonprofit status.
How Did They Benefit: I charged them 50% of Market in installments.
Charity Group 2 – Who Do They Serve
A nonprofit in Galveston Texas that specialized in providing basic skills, literacy skills, job training, job application training for those leaving the prison system. Many are homeless and this organization helps them get back on their feet. Clients receive holistic services that include helping them to cope with substance abuse issues.
How Did They Benefit: I charge them well below market per grant application. I call funders, meet with funders and look for grant resources.
I utilize the same skills I used to help my former employers. My grassroots clients get the same expertise that resulted in several million dollars in grants from the State of Texas and the Federal Government. Grassroots leaders are dedicated to their mission. Most have no idea how to blend Adobe PDF documents from an Excel spreadsheet. Nor do they have $960 per year to buy the software. Small charities have no idea how the government standards for performance measures have seeped down to foundations. Donor-advised funds, which are often by invitation only have also narrowed the funding pools. Income inequality is pushing more and more families into a state of poverty. The need for social service and faith-based safety nets is more critical than ever. And yet, technology and the increasing complexity of guidelines continue to raise the bar for charities to start and stay compliant.
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Marsha Wilson Rappaport
Marsha Wilson Rappaport
Marsha is a published author and writer with 4 decades of experience in grant writing. She has an M.A. and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Funded grants include foundation, city, state and federal grants.
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