FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is Jelly Nonprofit Consulting?
Jelly Nonprofit Consulting is a Texas-based nonprofit consulting firm but as a virtual and remote business, we provide services all across the U.S. We collaborate with nonprofit organizations that benefit the public and address identifiable current needs, demands, or problems in their service region. We accept clients based on their mission, project, and our ability to meet their needs.
We do not provide services to religious organizations for religious purposes. We may consider providing services if the proposed project of the religious organization is non-sectarian, benefits a broad base of the community, and has a separate 501(c)(3) designation. The proposed program must not promote a specific religion/theology or discriminate against non-believers.
Okay, what exactly is a nonprofit organization?
A majority of the clients we serve are designated as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). IRS Section 501(c)(3) of the tax code refers to “public charities” (also known as charitable nonprofits) that are “corporations, funds, or foundations that operate for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes.”
Furthermore, a nonprofit organization does not operate to make a profit and does not have an owner or owners (also referred to as shareholders). More specifically, the one common condition of the IRS for nonprofit organizations is not paying out net profits to any private individual (or shareholders); hence the term, “nonprofit.” Should a nonprofits make a profit, and they should try to have some level of positive revenue, it should be used to build a reserve fund to ensure sustainability.
What services does Jelly Nonprofit Consulting provide?
Jelly Nonprofit Consulting partners with nonprofit organizations to make the world sweeter through grant writing, customized project management, and bookkeeping. Learn more about what we do on our 'Services' page.
What can Jelly Nonprofit Consulting do for my nonprofit organization?
Our team can lead or assist on short-term projects, such as writing a grant proposal, or on large projects that require special attention and management. We pride ourselves on providing an objective perspective, bringing new skills and outside market knowledge, and devoting our time to your project, while you focus on what matters most, which is carrying out your mission.
Is Jelly Nonprofit Consulting a good fit for my organization?
We want to ensure that we can provide each client with the best service and outcome for their organization. Our client list is small by design. We partner only with organizations in which we are a good fit. We stay small and selective so that we can provide each client with the attention and service they deserve.
How do I get my free consultation with Jelly Nonprofit Consulting?
Claiming your consultation is easy. Please fill out this form and one of our team members will contact you within one business day to schedule a time that works for you.
What will my consultation be like with Jelly Nonprofit Consulting?
Consultations are up to an hour long and will include a conversation about your organization, your need, and your goals. We will ask questions about your organization, project, staff, board, budget, and timeline. This information will allow us to assess your need and develop a quote or proposal. We will take the opportunity to tell you about our organization and our team, and answer any questions that you may have about us.
What can I expect from Jelly Nonprofit Consulting after my consultation?
We will follow up the consultation with either a:
Customized, Detailed Quote (for grant writing and bookkeeping services); or
Customized, Detailed Proposal (for project management services).
Both outline the deliverables, hours needed to complete the work, and cost estimate. The proposal also includes a detailed scope of work and project timeline. Our goal is to be transparent with our fees for services. If you accept the quote or proposal, we ask you to sign it and our contract for services, to indicate our notice to proceed with work on your project.
What if I do not have the budget to pay Jelly Nonprofit Consulting for services?
At this time, we are not in the position to donate in-kind services or provide pro-bono work. If now is not the right time considering your budget, let’s connect again when the time is right. We look forward to partnering with you in the future. In the meantime, we invite you to check out our 'Resources' page.
Can I pay Jelly Nonprofit Consulting after receiving a grant award?
The answer is 'no' for a few different reasons.
First, grant makers expect for grant award recipients to use grant funds only for the project proposed in the grant application. Most grant makers will not reimburse organizations for grant writing services.
Second, according to the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Grant Professionals Association, paying a commission on grants awarded is unethical and can lead to the revocation of grant awards. It is also in contrast to Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) for nonprofit fundraising.
Third, Jelly Nonprofit Consulting cannot guarantee that any grant application will be awarded. Our team is committed to developing a high quality, competitive grant application for you. Unfortunately, even with the best effort put forth, a grant application may be denied funding due to numerous variables beyond our control and because of the competitive nature of applying for grant funding. Regardless of whether or not your grant application is selected for funding, we expect to be compensated for the provision of our services.
Can Jelly Nonprofit Consulting help my for-profit business secure grant funding?
Jelly Nonprofit Consulting does not provide services for traditional for-profit business as there is very rarely grant funding for these entities. We recommend that you reach out to your regional Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and take advantage of their free business consulting services. Find a SBDC near you here.
Can Jelly Nonprofit Consulting help me start a nonprofit organization?
Jelly Nonprofit Consulting can assist with some aspects of forming a nonprofit organization including developing a plan of action, but we are not the best firm for every burgeoning nonprofit. If we feel that we are not the perfect fit, we will be honest with you about that during your consultation. At that point, we are happy to refer you to a consultant in our network that might be a better fit for you. We strongly recommend consulting with an attorney and accountant before forming a nonprofit organization. Check out our 'Resources' page to learn more about establishing a nonprofit organization.