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At Spark Point, we’re focused on getting results for our clients.

From strategy and research to grant writing and grant management, our energy and expertise will help you achieve your fundraising goals and empower you to make progress on the work that matters: igniting social change and building a more equitable world.

Curious to learn more? Here’s what our clients say:

Testimonials

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Michele Booth Cole

Executive Director – Safe Shores – The DC Children’s Advocacy Center

When Safe Shores was experiencing staffing changes in our development team, I reached out to Spark Point for support navigating the transition. Their thoughtful and systematic approach helped keep us on-track during our hiring search, and they helped us consolidate and organize all of our foundation deadlines and materials to set us up for continued success. They took time to listen respectfully, quickly understood Safe Shores’ mission, and worked seamlessly and calmly to manage deadlines. Just as importantly, we were able to build a strong rapport in a short period of time, making our work together productive and even enjoyable!

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Stephanie Sneed

Former Executive Director – Fair Budget Coalition

Fair Budget Coalition hired Spark Point to help us build our foundation grants pipeline and do grant writing. I was optimistic, but realistic, in my expectations of what we would achieve. Once the pandemic hit, we like many other small organizations feared the financial repercussions to our organization and our ability to secure new funding in the midst of a global crisis. However, Spark Point went above and beyond for us. The results we got blew our expectations out of the water. Not only did Spark Point help Fair Budget Coalition raise more than $165,000 in six months, their team guided me through a number of conversations with new foundation funders that gave me much greater confidence in my fundraising skills and ability to ask for the funding the organization needs for its work. The project had a high return on investment - both financially and operationally. We are now on the precipice of onboarding a second new hire within the past six months, doubling our staff size and capacity!

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Koube Ngaaje

Executive Director – District Alliance for Safe Housing

DASH began working with Whitney and her team in 2019. Throughout that time, I've been impressed by their collective skill in the full-cycle of non-profit fundraising - from strategy design to implementation and stewardship. With a lens on equity and impact, Spark Point took the time to learn the unique needs of DASH and effectively assisted in the delivery of successful high-yield campaign that surpassed year-end target goals by over 20%!

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Kristen Kozlowski

Associate Director of Development – Bread for the City

In almost four years working together, Spark Point and Bread for the City have built a strategic and high-impact partnership that has supported our growth from a budget of almost $11 million to more than $15 million.  During that time, Spark Point's team has raised almost $12 million to support our programs and to help us build our Michelle Obama Southeast Center, which opened in early 2021.  Not only are they great partners, but they are truly a joy to work with.  We love Spark Point Fundraising!

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Serra Sippel

President – CHANGE (Center for Health and Gender Equity)

At a time when we are in most need to diversify our donors, Spark Point did a great job at understanding the specific needs, values and priorities of CHANGE. We are incredibly appreciative of the professionalism and dedication shown by Spark Point's team- from developing a list of prospects, to writing letters of interests and proposals for CHANGE to pursue with prospect donors, to thorough follow up on tasks.

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Chelsea Geyer

Executive Director - DC127

I was worried we were going to get a distant consultant who would try to apply cookie-cutter solutions to our organization. Instead, Spark Point provided intensely individualized plans, took time to understand our organization, and created workloads that matched our available resources. They made sure we walked away with a plan that we could implement on our own. They were responsive and gave me the tools to be a better fundraiser.

Elizabeth Gardner

Rev. Elizabeth Gardner

Former Interim Rector - The Church of the Epiphany

I love Spark Point. They are nimble and results-oriented. They were able to look at the whole picture—the people, the programming, and the day to day cycle of having multiple people come through the doors -- and see where we had opportunities to make even more of a difference. They made me feel emboldened, renewed, and that I could do more for the community.

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Stacy Lewis

Chief Program Officer - Young Survivor Coalition

In working with Spark Point, we gained a relationship with a team that understands our mission and wanted to use their skills and expertise to further that mission. I felt that Spark Point was invested in our work, even though they weren't here full time, and they are approachable, enthusiastic, and professional. Ultimately, we didn't just win a big grant, we gained a partner that we could run things by and a new level of knowledge.

Theo Adamstein

Theo Adamstein

Founder - FotoDC

I thoroughly appreciate the creativity, responsiveness, and professionalism that Spark Point brings to their work with FotoDC. I know we are in good hands with them leading our grant writing efforts.

Svetlana Legetic

Svetlana Legetic

Co-Founder - Brightest Young Things and Presenting Partner for FotoWeekDC

As a small arts organization, funding is for FotoDC is a constant struggle and a high priority. Whitney really took a personal interest in our projects, which I believe gave her AND us the edge to be successful in these applications. Knowing that this part of the job was handled allowed us to focus on programming and our core mission. In effect, Spark Point helped us grow and mature as an organization.

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Steve Sagner

Former Associate Dean for Development - NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Whitney Brimfield is an excellent proposal writer, prospector, and strategist for approaches to institutional funders, and I know that many clients love and value her work. She undertook a complex diagnostic project for NYU's engineering school—identifying academic and programmatic areas where we might have potential fundraising success with foundations and corporations, and developing approaches for each field. I recommend her highly, and just this week gave her name to someone looking for a great consultant!

Marjory Moore

Former Chief Development Officer – National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association

Spark Point’s team has a lot of integrity and they really drive for results. They have the ability to establish credibility quickly, address tough challenges, and move things forward. They are very insightful about the ways that different people approach their work, which makes them a great resource and a real thought partner.

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Mercedes Lemp

Executive Director – My Sister's Place

Our experience with Spark Point’s Spark Time was invaluable. It gave us a clear picture of where our fundraising activities were lacking and a plan to move forward. The insights and recommendations we gained from the Spark Time presentation helped us make the case to our Board of Directors to increase our investment in fundraising resources. Overall, if you are looking for a solution that helps you take your fundraising to the next level with insight from a highly-experienced fundraising team at a great value, Spark Time is a great solution.

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Elana Kogan

Director of Development – JOIN for Justice

Spark Point was an amazing thought partner and helped us develop a strategy  that was creative, bold, and achievable, and would enable us to raise the funds needed to implement our strategic growth plan. They tailored their work to our unique circumstances, and they brought experience, expertise, and fantastic listening skills, and it led to an incredibly strong set of deliverables -  our growth campaign strategy and detailed plan to achieve our goals  Spark Point was responsive to us at every turn, and we really felt they were “in it” with us. They were great to work with throughout the process and I am grateful for our strong partnership.  If we need to go through another planning process like this in the future, we will definitely reach out to them.

Case Studies

Needing to expand their capacity, Bread for the City was looking to outsource their grant writing. With our Fired Up Grants service, they gained an experienced thought partner who has helped them generate nearly $12 million in revenue in four years. Learn More.

Growing your contributed revenue is hard. How, with everything else on your plate, are you supposed to find time to research the donor landscape, engage prospective investors, and convince them to see you as an asset? Fair Budget Coalition engaged Spark Point to help them build out their foundation funding pipeline, and with our Pipeline Push service raised more than $370,000 in new funding in just one year. Learn More.

My Sister's Place faced a common problem: despite having an active donor base, grant writing left them with no time to think about strategic fundraising. In need of quick and affordable advice, they completed a Spark Time engagement, and received actionable recommendations that they could immediately implement to achieve their fundraising goals. Learn More.

Having just completed a strategic plan, JOIN for Justice had a bold and ambitious vision to expand their reach. At Spark Point, we believe that having a clear vision of where you want to go is important, but you need to know how to get there. As JOIN for Justice discovered, our Strategy Spark service is designed to make your vision a reality. Learn More.

Byte Back was ready to grow, but rapid growth can be unsustainable. Without a strategic plan, they ended up relying on a few revenue streams that had the potential to soon dry up. At Spark Point, we worked to help them thrive, not just grow. By choosing our Fired Up Grants service, Byte Back earned $200,000 in two years. Learn More.

Global BrightLight faced a common problem: they needed fundraising help, but they weren’t sure where to start. Spark Point’s Spark Time service is specifically designed to solve this challenge. Armed with our Spark Time recommendations, Global BrightLight collaborated with us on a Strategy Spark engagement, and secured $50,000 in six months. Learn More.

When we first met with the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases, they were reliant on a dwindling base of corporate donors. Eager to reinvigorate their fundraising, they chose Spark Point’s Strategy Spark service, and identified a diverse set of funders ready to invest in their mission. Learn More.

To find out what we can do for you, contact us today.