Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Grant Assistance Services Inc.

  • Houston, TX
  • www.grantassistanceservices.org

Mission Statement

Grant Assistance Services, Inc., is organized for charitable, religious, scientific, literary, or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code.  In particular, our organiation provides community service to Non Profit organizations who are in need of business development, strategic planning, mentorship, program expansion, assisting with funding through the public and private sector.  Our organization seeks to better our communites through economic development, collaborative efforts, and program structure and increased revenue streams for our fellow Non Profit Organizations.  We feel that in order to better our community we must first better ourselves and others through humanitarian efforts, education, research and development, and support.  Grant Assistance Services will provide the tools necessary so that Non Profit Organizations reach and exceed success in their project goals.  By offering a wide range of resrources such as event planning, fundraising, mentorship, and guidance we bring new opportunities, dedication, and support to those in need such as; youth at risk, underserved children and families, special education projects, transitional housing, assistance to the elderly as well as program development and funding for new technology, green energy, environmental projects and safety.

Main Programs

  1. 2011 Program Structure

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Service Areas

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National

Grant Assistance Services reaches Non Profit Organizations within our communities in and around the United States with an emphasis in Texas

ruling year

2011

Principal Officer

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Holly McKeon

Keywords

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Non Profit, management, resources, aging, underserved, business, new technology, renewable energy, Non profit organzations

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EIN

26-3667931

 Number

6381042203

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Nonprofit Management (S50)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Grant Assistance Services, Inc., was incorporated in October of 2008.  From 2009 to present our organization has provided inkind services totalling $184,658.00 to Non profit and For Profit Organizations.  We provide program strategies,  structure, research, development and implementation for our communities Non Profit Organizations.  Grant Assistance Services, Inc., is now extending our reach in our Non Profit communities in an effort to expand knowledge that will create sustainable livelihoods in order to eliminate poverty through job creation by expand economic opportunity in primarily low income and distressed communities, in order to bring greater social equity.  We will work towards alleviating poverty which will lead to a more sustainable economy for everyone.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

2011 Program Structure

Grant Assistance Services, Inc. is a 501 ( c ) 3
organization.Our mission is to
strengthen our communities by enriching, educating and providing unparalleled
support to Non Profit Organizations that seek to provide community service to
other organizations and individuals for the sake of essential humanitarian
needs.From 2009 to present Grant
Assistance Services has provided in-kind services to the non profit communities
totaling $184,658.00.We provide a
better tomorrow TODAY by providing the tools necessary to Non
Profit Organizations such as:
*Strategic
Development of Programs
*Non Profit
Management and Education on Best Practices
*Project
Expansionand Collaborative Efforts
*Increased Funding
*Event
Planning and Fundraising
*Direct Consulting and Mentoring
Non profit organizations are vital to our communities
underserved and underprivileged.They
raise awareness and provide crucial programs that promotehealth, wellness, stability, and unwavering
support for local causes.Our assistance
over the course of the last year have helped organizations that serve a strong
humanitarian need such as:
ŸYouth at Risk - the children of
today will be our leaders tomorrow.Many
of our cities children go without a meal, frombroken homes, or are at risk of being lost in a juvenile system.It is our mission to ensure that these
children are provided with programs that will enrich their lives, fill their
bellies,stabilize their environment,
and have a dream to achieve.By doing
so we provide our children with hope, love, kindness and a solid foundation
which ultimately can reduce the risk of recidivism.
ŸThe Aging-Seniors often represent
that segment of the population frequently overlooked and even neglected or
abused.Vulnerable and spiritless, their
voices are silenced because they are no longer heard.Due to fixed incomes which no longer cover
basic living essentials, debilitating health issues, absence of social
interaction, housing concerns, etc., their opportunities are greatly reduced with
age.Seniors often lack the ability to
advocate on their own behalf.Grant
Assistance Services strives to reach out to those Non profit organizations that
assist our elderly.By providing a
safety net for our aging we instill faith and open doors by providing a host of
desperately needed services and resources needed by that fragile segment of
society who needs us…our Senior Citizens
ŸThe Homeless -In 2010 there were close to 10,000
Houstonians who experienced homelessness.That is one out of four people in our communities!The economic downward spiral caused job loss,
foreclosure, and even eviction.The
hopelessness is overwhelming and daunting.There is a tremendous shortage of shelters and transitional housing for
our homeless.On any given day more than
3,000 men, women and children struggle daily with life on the streets.Many of these individuals are immobilized by
physical or mental health impairments, lack of skills and a support network.By providing services to organizations
serving our homeless community we offer hope, engagement, outreach, awareness,
education, job and life skills training, employment opportunities, and long
term transitional housing.
As you can imagine our overhead is a huge concern due to the
fact we take these non profits under our wing and provide services free of
charge.As citizens looking to offer
avenues of hope to those in need it requires us to plan, develop, and execute
social action projectsin the most
effective, professional and detailed manner possible.

Category

Human Services

Population(s) Served

Homeless

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$200,000.00

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To strengthen our communities by enriching, educating, and providing unparalleled support to nonprofit organizations that seek to provide community service to other organizations and individuals for the sake of essential humanitarian needs. Grant Assistance Services, Inc. understands that nonprofit organizations are vital to our communities under served and under privileged. With that in mind, we assist and mentor local area nonprofits in an effort to provide strategic development of their programs. We strive to raise awareness and provide crucial community actions, which promote health, wellness, stability, reduced recidivism, and unwavering support and advocacy of local causes such as the elderly, youth at risk, emergency management, disaster preparedness, homelessness, literacy, and job skills training. Grant Assistance Services, Inc. believes that a well-educated / trained nonprofit will positively influence the willingness on part of donors, grant makers, corporate sponsors, city and state offices, individual giving and the community as a whole. We provide training workshops as a vehicle for raising awareness about the importance of good governance and best practices. Our communication and support programs seek to provide information, resources, and services that are critical within the nonprofit sector. To assist these organizations more effectively, Grant Assistance Services, Inc. offers personalized support services to nonprofit organizations to apply practically the knowledge disseminated at our workshops, event and fundraiser planning.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Grant Assistance Services, Inc. provides the tools necessary for nonprofits to reach success by implementing the following strategies and core beliefs:Building communities by promoting transformation, growth, and sustainability within the nonprofit sector.To develop social change the nonprofit must be the change.To assist nonprofits in achieving long term success by building effective leadership skills, sound strategies, specific to the organization, and providing diversified resources.Providing developmental tools and training in reference to the importance of a transparent, active, and attentive board within the organization.We know that a nonprofit must be accountable to donors, its board, and the public. Therefore, workshops, seminars, and consultations provided to the nonprofit sector assists the organizations with development of best practices for maximum transparency.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The economic downturn brought funding cuts for many area organizations, services, and operations that are vital to our communities. Grant Assistance Services, Inc. met the challenges of 29 nonprofit agencies using our organizational skills to assist the organizations to adjust, adapt, and advance their missions as well as our own. Our dedicated team and volunteers worked together to provide over $184,000.00 in in-kind services and provided a multitude of resources for these organizations. In the coming months our professional program members will begin pursuing interns specific to industries who can provide assistance with new technology, marketing, fundraising, event planning, capacity building and capital campaigns which will further our reach within the communities and assist those organizations who need strategic development in order to advance their cause. Our Board of Directors is committed to increasing funding and program expansion efforts for many struggling nonprofits. We will continue to engage in advocacy for nonprofit organizations from city, state, and federal levels as well as corporate sponsorship and major event planning. We have developed collaboration with other professional services and non profits and continue to seek opportunities to pull vital resources to ensure professional quality management and education to the nonprofit sector.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Grant Assistance Services, Inc. tracks performance measures and key indicators in a manner similar to the Blackbaud Balanced Scorecard and Strategy Mapping (BSC Kaplan and Norton) model. Key milestones we look to accomplish within the short term are:Achieve financial sustainability.Increase public awareness for Grant Assistance Services, Inc. by 85%Engage 30 additional nonprofits in the developmental process and expand community support for their programs through fundraising events.Recruit and retain 15 volunteers for our nonprofit outreach program within the next 60 days.Our nonprofit "Scorecard" will measure short and long term performance measures in the areas of donors, internal and external processes, financial, and learning and growth as follows: Donors:# of existing donors# of new donors# of lapsed donors# of website hits# of newsletter sign upsInternal Processes:Audited communication (email, direct mail marketing, phone solicitations).# of events# of actions# of sponsors# of proposalsExternal Processes:# of nonprofits served# of nonprofit programs developed# of sustained programsSatisfaction surveyFinancial:Gift revenueAmount askedAmount expectedEvent feesCapital campaign vs. goalsLearning and Growth:# of staff# of volunteers# of Board members, committees and Trustees# of training hours
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Results: Often we stand in resilience of our communities and the men, women, and children who reside within them. Stories of the challenges and crises they have endured in the face of adversity has been our driving force for the dedication and inspiration in our work. Grant Assistance Services, Inc. has assisted 29 nonprofit organizations reach many of their goals, further their mission as well as their reach in to the communities. Our primary focus was development as stated below.108 WorkshopsDevelopment of 31 programs/projects59 Grant proposals completed29 LOI's completed15 Nonprofit business plans completed24 State formations, organizational documents and policies completed.Prepared and attended 3 meetings with City Council for funding on behalf of 2 nonprofit organizations.Completed IRS Form 1023 for 5 nonprofits agencies.58 Required reporting documents completed and submitted for area nonprofit organizations.By maintaining retention of our local nonprofit agencies, volunteers, corporate sponsors as well as through surveys and questionnaires completed we will be able to measure our performance and quality of service. In addition, new organizations will complete a needs assessment at the onset of our partnerships. Intermediate surveys given will gauge not only the nonprofits progress but our progress as well. Phone interviews conducted at 3, 6, 9, and 12-month intervals after a program or projects implementation by the nonprofit agencies will further our knowledge base and provide quantitative data as to the progress reached or exceeded. Many organizations within the nonprofit sector are in need of funding. Therefore, to further assist community causes and organizations, Grant Assistance Services has added 2 additional programs. Event planning and fundraising for these community actions will allow our organization to promote, advocate, and provide additional avenues and doorways to the nonprofit sector. When we open doors we empower, accomplish, and sustain. In turn, our communities grow, connect, and provide a platform for success. What haven't we accomplished yet? Focused marketing plan with clear goals and strategies for 2012Additional alliances offering sources for referrals and joint marketing activities to extend our reach.
Service Areas

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National

Grant Assistance Services reaches Non Profit Organizations within our communities in and around the United States with an emphasis in Texas

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Funding Needs

Non Profit Managment and Consulting $60,000.00 Non Profit Education / Seminars /Training  $178,000.00 Non Profit Information, Referral, Resource Library , and Weekly Publications $580,000.00

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Principal Officer

Holly McKeon

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BOARD CHAIR

Holly McKeon

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