Productivity Rate Increases Again

The method of determining the worth of contract grant writing services can be a fluid thing.  For a small food bank that needs a truck to pick up donations from the community, receiving enough grant funds to purchase a small used vehicle can be a game changer.  That one grant is all that is needed to be successful in that case.  In order to develop data that can be updated on an annual basis, however, Hertlein Grant Writing has developed Productivity Ratios to help measure our successes.

In 2023, these Productivity Ratios have increased again.  Using a 5-year average (2019 – 2023), our numbers are 3-5% higher than they were at the end of 2022.  What that means for our clients is that for every hour of grant writing service that they paid for, they received an average of $2,527 in grant funds.  And for every $1.00 they paid to Hertlein Grant Writing, they received an average return of $37.67.

20 Years and Millions of Dollars for Worthy Projects

Hertlein Grant Writing is celebrating 20 years in operation in 2024.  We are incredibly grateful for the 300 nonprofit organizations that we have had the privilege of working with over the last two decades.  Some of our clients hired us for one specific project, and others have been with us for many years.  It is gratifying to be able to support the wonderful work of each of our nonprofit partners.

Some of the highlights over the last 20 years include:

  • Raising more than $77 million for projects and programs
  • Successfully writing more than 3,000 individual grant applications
  • Supporting small, volunteer-run nonprofits as well as large universities and international organizations
  • Earning certification as GPC, Grant Professional Certified, for both Robin Hertlein and Josh Martin
  • Being able to work locally on Whidbey Island, and remotely in Turkey and the Netherlands
  • Incubating a new grant writing organization, Maple Grove Grants
  • Celebrating with our clients when they receive funding that allows them to continue operations, build a building, or expand into new programs or areas

Thank you to all of our clients, partners, staff members, and supporters.

Successes from Our 20th Year of Operations

It’s hard to believe that Hertlein Grant Writing just finished our 20th year of operation.  Thank you so much for all of you who have contributed to our success over the years.  Our first client was SPARC, an early intervention nonprofit for children with disabilities.  It’s gratifying that 20 years later we were still writing grants for SPARC, and had raised close to $1 million for their programs.  We have a number of clients who we’ve been able to work with over the years, and many that we only do one or a couple of grants for on an as-needed basis.  Over the course of our history we have worked with more than 300 nonprofit organizations, and we are happy to support each one.

In addition to welcoming new clients, we had some other organizational changes at Hertlein Grant Writing.  After six years of remote working from Turkey, Michael left the firm to give his full attention to his work in the Middle East. Amanda also left Hertlein Grant Writing, but to start her own grant writing firm, Maple Grove Grants, that complements her work with Maple Grove Events.  Currently operating as an affiliate organization, Maple Grove Grants includes two part-time writers (Amanda and Vanessa) and they are growing their own client list. Due to these changes we have had to reduce our client load at HGW a bit this year, but we are pleased to report another year of great wins for wonderful nonprofits.

Total HGW grants for 2023 (not including MGG): 42 agencies won awards through 216 successful grants.  Total Received = $5,667,450.

Looking forward to another successful year in 2024!

Welcome Maple Grove Grants

We are pleased to welcome Maple Grove Grants as an affiliate program, launched in June 2023.  The new company was started by Amanda Hertlein-Martin, who has been working with and writing grants for Hertlein Grant Writing for more than 10 years.  Amanda is being joined by Vanessa Newell, who is located in Maryland but writes grants for nonprofits in Washington and across the country.  Amanda is also the owner of Maple Grove Events, which specializes in event planning and coordination.  More information about both companies can be found on their Facebook page.

Local, regional, national, international

What type of organizations do we work with?  All of them!  As long as it is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, Hertlein Grant Writing has the capacity to support needs both large and small.

Locally, we do a lot of work on Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound/Salish Sea where we have our headquarters.  Current local clients include a food bank (Gifts From the Heart), a hospital (WhidbeyHealth Foundation), youth programs (Big Brothers Big Sisters), and even arts and museums (South Whidbey Historical Society).

In the region, our clients range from SPARC early intervention in Skagit County, to Byrd Barr Place in the heart of Seattle, to Kitsap Community Services on the peninsula, to Yakima Union Gospel Mission on the east side.  We also work with a number of state-wide agencies such as Washington Healthcare Alliance Association and Special Olympics Washington.

National work is usually done through sub-contracts, and recent clients have included Neuman University in Pennsylvania, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County, SUNY Oswego in New York, and Maui Economic Opportunity in Hawaii.

Our grantwriters have a heart for international work.  We currently are supporting AidAfrica’s work in Uganda, and Impact Latin America.  Other recent work has supported the Global Child Nutrition Foundation, NuDay Syria, and World Concern.