OUR CLIENTS

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Proven Grant Results

Bridging Whole Health
Project Quest
Project Quest
The Chosen
Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas
Curtain Up Cancer Foundation
InsideOut 4 Jesus
The Health Collaborative
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Mexican American Unity Council
LiftFund
LiftFund
Ransomed Life
San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside
Vet Triip
Angel Kids Foundation
Community Enrichment Center
Dream Spring
El Centro De Amistad
Guardian House
Kailee Mills Foundation
New Earth
Students of Service
St. Michael’s Learning Academy
San Antonio Community Resource Directory
Waterloo Greenway
World Affairs Council
Youth Code Jam

TESTIMONIALS

Hear What Our Clients Have To Say About Our Services.

“By using Ascend NBS, we have received the services of a full development team for less than the salary of one full-time grant writer. Each grant proposal they have written has been of exceptional quality because they took the time to get to know our organization and what makes us unique. As such, they have been able to impactfully articulate our mission to a variety of funders from foundations, corporations, and government agencies.”
Letter of Support

Elizabeth Lutz
Executive Director
The Health Collaborative

“When our Committee was assessing the feasibility a new bold, initiative, Ascend NBS provided us with the community insight and understanding that we needed. Thanks to Ascend NBS we were able to pull together key community members to formulate our plan and were able to obtain lessons learned from organizations that were leading efforts of similar scope as our ideal. Thanks Ascend NBS.”

Bobby Blount
Chair, San Antonio Area African Community Fund

“As an Executive Director of a new nonprofit organization in San Antonio, Arlene was a wealth of knowledge, and happy to make connections throughout the community.  Moreover, her encouragement was a lifeline to get our fundraising strategy on the right track.”

Celebrate Dyslexia

Jasmine Dean
Executive Director, Celebrate Dyslexia

“Arlene briefed our group of providers, sharing tips and best practices on grant writing and being prepared to apply for a grant.  Her tips were easy to digest for a fundraiser at any level and practical to implement at any non-profit.  So thankful for her time spent with us..”

Lyndsey Hodkinson
Community of Practice
D’Aniello Institute for Veterans and Military Families

 

“Bridging Whole Health wholeheartedly endorses and recommends Arlene Siller and Ascend Nonprofit Business Solutions. As a start-up medical nonprofit, our Board of Directors continue to benefit from the firm’s unique consultative approach. Arlene has been instrumental in shaping our funding framework and providing a clear strategic blueprint by which to build from. Her strong ability to build strategic partnerships and connect organizations has brought fortified unity in the nonprofit sector by challenging community organizations to work together and reach across the aisle on programs and initiatives where common mission/vision and objectives align. This has been key to unlocking funding opportunities and we are grateful for the firm’s wisdom and counsel.”

Lisa Welsh
Chairwoman of the Board of Directors, Bridging Whole Health

“I run a very small non-profit, and can’t afford a full-time development officer.  So, it can be overwhelming to try and raise funds all by myself.  I was never more relieved than to be able to call on Arlene Siller and the Ascend team.  They work quickly, and professionally.  They research funding opportunities thoroughly, and help you think through all aspects of your request before you submit.  They understand that you are developing a long term relationship with your funder, and they’re there to help.”

Lisa Cortez Walden Ph.D.
Executive Director,
Inspire Community Fine Art Center

“As Executive Director of Social Venture Partners San Antonio, we have been very fortunate to have Arlene work with us to support the nonprofit community across South Texas. She leads our training sessions for nonprofit leaders on grant writing and grant strategy. Her high level thinking and experience has proven to be invaluable to those fortunate enough to learn from Arlene.”

Becky Dinnin
Executive Director,
Social Venture Partners San Antonio

“Arlene and her team at Ascend NBS have a wealth of experience. They are a go to resource for my business when seeking expertise in the grant space. From research to reporting and everything in-between Ascend NBS can help get you where you need to go.”

M Leslie Palmer Consulting

M. Leslie Palmer
Nonprofit Consultant |
Founding Principal, M.Leslie Palmer Consulting

“I needed Ascend NBS’ help in submitting two grant applications for funding within one month.  Ascend NBS saved my staff and I time. Immediately, they assessed our situation, we developed a strategy, they wrote the grants, we edited them and they were submitted.  The process was seamless and efficient. “

Letter of Support

 

Tuesdae Knight
President/CEO
SAGE- San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside

“Ascend Nonprofit and Business Solutions (NBS) is ABBA FATHER’S gift to The Inspiration Center. Our organization has benefited greatly from the expertise of the Founder and CEO, Arlene Siller, PhD. As a small nonprofit without a Developmental Director, we know that Ascend NBS will be our go to for all of our grant needs. We also believe that they are a tremendous resource for community nonprofits. Thank you Ascend NBS for what you have done and we will accomplish together. We are a match made in Heaven!” 

 

The Inspiration Center

Rev. Rosalind Harris
Executive
Director/Founder
The Inspiration Center

 

 

 

THE PROSTHETIC FOUNDATION

C H A L L E N G E: When we first met with The Prosthetic Foundation (TPF), a nonprofit based in San Antonio, Texas, which helps under-served amputees obtain prosthetic limbs and comprehensive aftercare, they had no Executive Director, Development Director, or Grant Writer. Despite having a great mission that makes a real impact in people’s lives, funding under their situation, without leadership, was a real concern.

A P P R O A C H: We quickly conducted an assessment of the organization and its readiness to apply for grants. Through this assessment, we identified the critical information, documents, and strategy needed for grant submission, and went to work. Our plan started with developing a checklist, utilizing templates from our database, and developing a statement to address the temporary leadership gap. 

R E S U L T S: The Prosthetic Foundation not only secured funding for that year and met its goals in serving amputees by giving them mobility and independence with a prosthetic limb, but they also secured funding for the following year, positioning themselves for organization and programmatic growth. They can now serve more people and will have the infrastructure to execute as they grow.

SOUTH SUDANESE FOUNDATION

C H A L L E N G E: A brand new organization, receiving 501c3 status in 2019, Ascend NBS started working with SSF in 2020. SSF, seen as the heart of an immigrant community, is not just a place to find assistance but is a home for people who have been displaced and find themselves living on the margins. With a small budget and not a lot of revenue coming in, they weren’t able to pay their ED and had an all-volunteer staff. They had a high demand for services in their New American community but not enough funding to get it down. Had attempted grants on their own but were unsuccessful.

A P P R O A C H: Ascend NBS conducted an assessment of the organization’s grant readiness. Through this assessment, we identified the critical information, documents, and strategy needed for quality grant submissions that had a greater potential for funding. Ascend NBS worked with the organization to design a strategy and specific task to improve their infrastructure. During the next 6 months, while Ascend NBS identified potential funders for the organization and developed and fine-tuned the narrative sections for grant applications, SSF worked on their financials, organization strategy, goals and objectives, and budgets.

R E S U L T S: After one year, SSF’s revenue from grants increased by 87%, and after year two, revenue from grants increased by 200%. SSF is now sought after for partnerships with state and local governments, nonprofits, churches and ministries, schools, and employers to help serve New Americans in Fargo-Moorhead.

CAPITAL IDEA HOUSTON

C H A L L E N G E: This existing organization has been around since 2009. Capital IDEA Houston is the only comprehensive workforce development program of its kind in the Houston area. They sponsor select, high-demand careers that pay a living wage of $17/hr or more with benefits and the opportunity for advancement. Capital IDEA Houston funds the cost of tuition, fees, books, and supplies toward an associate’s degree or technical training for credentials needed for those targeted careers. They hadn’t been able to increase their budget and expand services in the last couple of years due to a lack of funding for capacity building. They had a skeleton staff, committed to the mission but overworked and underpaid. Their funding wasn’t diverse and their board was concerned about the heavy reliance on government funding. The funding they had was mainly for programming, leaving very little opportunity for growth.

A P P R O A C H: Ascend NBS conducted new research prospecting for general operations dollars. Built general operations into every grant to cover administration and salaries, and design a strategy for growth based on input from all within the organization.

R E S U L T S: With our assistance, Capital Idea was able to increase its general operations funding, hire 7 new employees, and secure software that increases data collection and reporting. Additionally, this has led to staff taking real vacations and not working on vacation, and they’ve been able to streamline processes and operations with standard operating procedures. Now they can utilize interns and volunteers better, and they have increased investment in infrastructure, board training in fundraising, relationship building, and marketing/awareness of the organization within the city. All of these factors have also led to increased partnerships.