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Grantwriting Strategy & Assistance

Grantwriting Assistance

The landscape is shifting in nonprofit grants, with many funders changing their approach and priorities. We can help you navigate diverse guidelines and application procedures to submit well-crafted proposals and increase your chances of securing funding.

Grantwriting Assistance is provided by Elizabeth Benedict, an expert fundraising, grantwriting, marketing, and board development consultant with a who brings a proven track record of diversifying revenue, creating new philanthropic initiatives, and growing major donor/planned giving programs.

This service is not out-sourced grantwriting. Elizabeth employs a collaborative coaching approach that gives you the guidance, support, and insight to develop grant proposals on your own. We can help you articulate and document your organization’s story, demonstrating community needs and your ability to meet those needs.

She will help you develop or strengthen your case for support and improve your organization’s ability to make a focused and compelling pitch targeted to the funder's priorities and guidelines. You know your organization best. We know proposal preparation and writing!

Our services include:

  • Grant strategy planning
  • Identifying potential funders and grant opportunities
  • Help determining if an opportunity is a good match for your program
  • Ensuring proposal questions are answered clearly and concisely
  • Responding to Request for Proposals/Qualifications/Information
  • Support clarifying a project budget aligned with the proposal narrative
  • Developing case statements for support
  • Prepare to manage a grant and provide compelling reports

Lack of funding can be stressful but grantwriting doesn’t have to be. Let us help you streamline the application process so that you can submit funding requests more confidently. For more information or to get started, please complete a Request for Assistance and we will be in touch to set up an initial call.

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Jan Burrell, Consulting Services Manager, at

Fundraising Assistance

501 Commons provides Washington Gives, a year-round fundraising platform and sponsors two annual fundraising events: GiveBIG Washington Giving Tuesday.  Washington Gives provides a website payment portal and to gives you year-round access to peer-to-peer fundraising.  Visit the Washington Gives website to find out more and to sign up.

Online fundraising has been growing and is really kicking into high gear because of the pandemic. Peer-to-peer campaigns, like the FUNdraising pages that are a part of GiveBIG, are driving much of the growth in online giving.

When you sign up to participate in GiveBIG you pay a participation fee that gives you access to the fundraising platform for the year and received free fundraising trainings and a bi-monthly Fundraising Accelerator from May - May to help you prepare and execute a successful fundraising campaign.