I will work with your organization to provide excellent services at a reasonable
cost. Depending upon the scope of work and your needs, fees are usually structured in one of the following three ways:
This is available for short-term or long-term work. The rate is $50 and invoices will be sent every two weeks for large projects and once per month for small projects, with payment due within 15 days.
This is also available
for short-term or long-term work. The specific fee is determined by the scope
of work and the length of the project. Usually, one-half the fee is payable upon
signing the contract and the balance is due within 15 days of completion of the
is best-suited for on-going work, although no minimum time period is required.
A range of hours per month is agreed to, and the fee is paid on a monthly basis.
Flexibility and cost savings are the primary benefits of such an arrangement.
If you have other needs, just ask! I'm flexible and willing to set up any reasonable alternatives. I can also help you find the funds to pay for Consulting services.
A Note (or Two) About Commissions
Adapted with permission from "Ethics and Commissions," by Goodwin Deacon, Ph.D., Founder, Puget Sound Grantwriters Association
Fees for freelance
proposal writers or Consultants present a constant problem. At least once a week
someone asks, "Can I hire a proposal writer (or agree to work for an organization) for a percentage of the grants awarded?" The answer, simply, is no. Commissions are considered unethical by almost all professional organizations and funders. They are also a bad idea for both organizations and proposal writers.
upon contingency fees, and many will not fund your organization if they find out
you pay Consultants on this basis. Funders seldom allow a proposal writer's
fee to be included in the program budget.
proposal writers and Consultants are professionals who are paid for their time
and their expertise, even if the proposal is not successful. They may be paid
either by the hour or by the project.
how is that fair?" an organization may ask. "Why
should we pay the proposal writer if we didn't get the grant?"
succeed or fail for a number of reasons, most of which are out of the writer's
control. Among these are:
strength of the project: its feasibility, whether it meets a clear community need, and whether it has a well-planned budget.
well the project fits the funder's interests.
nonprofit's reputation, track record, and financial history.
how well the funder knows and trusts the nonprofit's Board and staff.
how many other requests the funder has received.
and Timing: how much money the funder has available in this cycle.
a key element is the quality and persuasiveness of the proposal. This is the part the writer controls, and it is important. But even the most beautifully written proposal will fail if other factors are not in its favor.
a small organization, just starting out. How are we supposed to pay a proposal
writer if we don't have any money?"
you don't have any money, you're not ready to apply for a grant. Grants
should never be an organization's first dollar. You need to raise funds from
individuals first: people who believe in your organization and are willing to
make a contribution to get you started. A good place to begin is your Board.
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