My Sister's Place

Mercedes faced a common problem: despite having an active donor base, grant writing left her with no time to think about strategic fundraising. In need of quick and affordable advice, she completed a Spark Time assessment, and received actionable recommendations that she could immediately implement to achieve her fundraising goals.

When we met with Mercedes at My Sister’s Place–DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter–we learned that 75% of their fundraising revenue came from government grants.

Despite having an active donor base and strong reputation with peer organizations and clients, government grant writing left Mercedes with little time to engage new, lapsed, or existing donors.

In need of quick and affordable advice, Mercedes chose Spark Point’s Spark Time assessment. Spark Time is a strategic, cost effective, and efficient evaluation of an organization’s fundraising strategy. We asked Mercedes to complete an online questionnaire, and then set about analyzing the data. After presenting our findings to Mercedes and her team, we discussed our recommendations, answered their questions, and left them with actionable advice that could be implemented quickly to achieve their fundraising goals.

The Spark Time assessment gave Mercedes an insight into her organization’s strengths and weaknesses, enabling her to identify unnoticed challenges and considerable opportunities.

It also gave her the data and information she needed to convince her board to invest in more fundraising support. Fully persuaded, she now has the board's backing to hire a Development Director. With this new role, Mercedes will be able to move government grant writing off her plate, and focus on strategy and growth.

“Our experience with Spark Point’s Spark Time assessment 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.”


Mercedes Lemp, Executive Director
My Sister's Place, Washington DC