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Testimonials

“Pear Associates brings a level of professionalism, experience, and expertise to YWCA NH’s development efforts that take donor engagement to the next level. As a result of our work with them we have surpassed our prior year’s fundraising efforts by almost double-if not triple. I also appreciate that Pear understands the importance of our mission and the impact we have in our community.”

Jessica Cantin
CEO
YWCA NH

2021-06-18T07:09:27-05:00

Jessica Cantin
CEO
YWCA NH

“Pear Associates brings a level of professionalism, experience, and expertise to YWCA NH’s development efforts that take donor engagement to the next level. As a result of our work with them we have surpassed our prior year’s fundraising efforts by almost double-if not triple. I also appreciate that Pear understands the importance of our mission and the impact we have in our community.”

"Thank you doesn’t seem sufficient to express my gratitude but “Thank you!” You are such a remarkable team, and I couldn’t be prouder to have harnessed your collective grant writing expertise to help me chase and secure foundation dollars. Through leadership transitions and even the pandemic, Pear Associates has been my steady and unwavering partner."

Jaye Y. Smith
SVP, Chief Advancement Officer
Nurtury

2021-07-09T09:59:33-05:00

Jaye Y. Smith
SVP, Chief Advancement Officer
Nurtury

"Thank you doesn’t seem sufficient to express my gratitude but “Thank you!” You are such a remarkable team, and I couldn’t be prouder to have harnessed your collective grant writing expertise to help me chase and secure foundation dollars. Through leadership transitions and even the pandemic, Pear Associates has been my steady and unwavering partner."

"As a long-time head of private schools and the founder of a new nonprofit, I found Pear Associates' training on grant writing immensely helpful. With consultant Kelly Laflamme’s insights, warmth, and talent for engaging in dialogue, I felt as learnable as ever! So appreciate the work that Pear Associates continues to do in helping nonprofits become learning organizations."

Don Grace
Founder
Schooling for Hope

2021-07-19T13:22:38-05:00

Don Grace
Founder
Schooling for Hope

"As a long-time head of private schools and the founder of a new nonprofit, I found Pear Associates' training on grant writing immensely helpful. With consultant Kelly Laflamme’s insights, warmth, and talent for engaging in dialogue, I felt as learnable as ever! So appreciate the work that Pear Associates continues to do in helping nonprofits become learning organizations."

"ACET hired Pear Associates to complete a 6-month strategic plan for our growing business. The team was responsive to our needs and receptive to adjustments and changes as the process went along. During our many meetings, Pear Associates consultants were excellent facilitators and encouraged us to dig deep and think critically with their thoughtful prompts and questions. Pear Associates delivered on time and we were pleased with the resulting plan."

 

 

Lisa Perkins Smith,
Operations Specialist, Strategy Lead
ACET, Inc.

2021-08-03T06:55:01-05:00

Lisa Perkins Smith,
Operations Specialist, Strategy Lead
ACET, Inc.

"ACET hired Pear Associates to complete a 6-month strategic plan for our growing business. The team was responsive to our needs and receptive to adjustments and changes as the process went along. During our many meetings, Pear Associates consultants were excellent facilitators and encouraged us to dig deep and think critically with their thoughtful prompts and questions. Pear Associates delivered on time and we were pleased with the resulting plan."    

"Thank you so much for all your hard work and support for The Innocent Convicts. From the proposals you drafted, and the connections Pear Associates made, l could feel your dedication to this cause. This means a lot to me!"

Osagie N. Okoruwa
Founder/Director
The Innocent Convicts

2021-03-15T07:30:10-05:00

Osagie N. Okoruwa
Founder/Director
The Innocent Convicts

"Thank you so much for all your hard work and support for The Innocent Convicts. From the proposals you drafted, and the connections Pear Associates made, l could feel your dedication to this cause. This means a lot to me!"

“We are grateful for our partnership with Pear Associates and for their dedication to supporting our mission. Pear Associates has helped us secure foundation grants as well as critical government funding to help individuals who face intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges, and substance use disorders. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship in 2021.”

Diane Gould
President and CEO
Advocates

2021-01-07T14:32:38-05:00

Diane Gould
President and CEO
Advocates

“We are grateful for our partnership with Pear Associates and for their dedication to supporting our mission. Pear Associates has helped us secure foundation grants as well as critical government funding to help individuals who face intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health challenges, and substance use disorders. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship in 2021.”

"I highly recommend Pear Associates. They have a very competent team led by Alison Glastein Gray. During our engagement, they were very professional, resourceful, and easy to work with. Most importantly, their final report was very detailed with data that will allow us to better understand and support our patients and residents more effectively."

Gail Jackson-Blount
Chief Development and Communications Officer
Harvard Street Health Center, Inc.

2021-01-07T14:35:55-05:00

Gail Jackson-Blount
Chief Development and Communications Officer
Harvard Street Health Center, Inc.

"I highly recommend Pear Associates. They have a very competent team led by Alison Glastein Gray. During our engagement, they were very professional, resourceful, and easy to work with. Most importantly, their final report was very detailed with data that will allow us to better understand and support our patients and residents more effectively."

"It was a delight to work with Pear Associates! They provided thought partnership on the development of a 3-year grant proposal as well as the drafting of a holistic sustainability strategy.  Most importantly, they continue to be a critical ally and sounding board for our work and development as an organization."
2020-09-09T21:23:45-05:00
"It was a delight to work with Pear Associates! They provided thought partnership on the development of a 3-year grant proposal as well as the drafting of a holistic sustainability strategy.  Most importantly, they continue to be a critical ally and sounding board for our work and development as an organization."

"As the Executive Director of a national association, I felt like we as a group we are experiencing significant growth but we’re not exactly sure how to channel that growth. Having our Board meet with Pear Associates for a full day helped us determine what was important to us, how to convey that to our membership, and provided a plan in order to accomplish this growth...the investment of time, energy, and resources was absolutely worth it"

Steve Christenson
Executive Director
National Ice Cream Retailers Association (nicra.org)
 

2020-06-22T16:45:49-05:00

Steve Christenson
Executive Director
National Ice Cream Retailers Association (nicra.org)
 

"As the Executive Director of a national association, I felt like we as a group we are experiencing significant growth but we’re not exactly sure how to channel that growth. Having our Board meet with Pear Associates for a full day helped us determine what was important to us, how to convey that to our membership, and provided a plan in order to accomplish this growth...the investment of time, energy, and resources was absolutely worth it"

“Alison and the Pear Associates team have taken the time to understand Phoenix's organizational goals, how they fit into our overall strategic plan, and where our fundraising initiatives intersect. As a result, Alison has not only suggested grants that we might not have been aware of in the past, but she has also helped us to secure funding that might not have been available without her guidance. Her follow-up is timely and incredible, especially with a small development staff like ours. It truly feels like she is a member of the team!"

Trevor Wissink-Adams
Managing Director of Development
Phoenix Charter Academy Network

2020-02-10T23:21:12-05:00

Trevor Wissink-Adams
Managing Director of Development
Phoenix Charter Academy Network

“Alison and the Pear Associates team have taken the time to understand Phoenix's organizational goals, how they fit into our overall strategic plan, and where our fundraising initiatives intersect. As a result, Alison has not only suggested grants that we might not have been aware of in the past, but she has also helped us to secure funding that might not have been available without her guidance. Her follow-up is timely and incredible, especially with a small development staff like ours. It truly feels like she is a member of the team!"

"As a small nonprofit organization, seeking grants can be a daunting process. Pear Associates' expertise saved us an immense amount of time and helped us find prospects aligned with our organization’s mission. Alison gave us the support that we needed to submit and receive our first grant. She also helped us to develop a process for continuing to seek grant support moving well into the future."

Melissa Kennedy
Executive Director
The International Rett Syndrome Foundation

2018-03-18T23:02:57-05:00

Melissa Kennedy
Executive Director
The International Rett Syndrome Foundation

"As a small nonprofit organization, seeking grants can be a daunting process. Pear Associates' expertise saved us an immense amount of time and helped us find prospects aligned with our organization’s mission. Alison gave us the support that we needed to submit and receive our first grant. She also helped us to develop a process for continuing to seek grant support moving well into the future."

“Pear Associates was wonderful to work with. They picked up on the unique strengths of the organization and made sure that they shone in each of the proposals. . .We feel very lucky to have had Pear Associates’ support and expertise through this process.”

Christine Dixon, LICSW
Executive Director
Project Hope

2020-02-10T23:19:57-05:00

Christine Dixon, LICSW
Executive Director
Project Hope

“Pear Associates was wonderful to work with. They picked up on the unique strengths of the organization and made sure that they shone in each of the proposals. . .We feel very lucky to have had Pear Associates’ support and expertise through this process.”

“Working with Pear Associates has given me the peace of mind knowing that my institutional fundraising process is secure while we expand our staff. Alison is creative and responsive. She and her associates are quick to turn projects and are always on the look-out for new funding opportunities for us. I definitely count on them as an essential part of our Development team!”

Heidi Hancock
Vice President of Advancement
Inversant

2020-02-10T23:17:17-05:00

Heidi Hancock
Vice President of Advancement
Inversant

“Working with Pear Associates has given me the peace of mind knowing that my institutional fundraising process is secure while we expand our staff. Alison is creative and responsive. She and her associates are quick to turn projects and are always on the look-out for new funding opportunities for us. I definitely count on them as an essential part of our Development team!”

"Through clarifying our narratives and programmatic directions and transforming our ideas into clear messages, Alison helped us to not only get funding but also engage our funders. Working with her made our grant application process very efficient and strategic. She truly "gets" us, and she's more than a freelance grant writer; she's a great partner and team member who works hard to advance our organization."

Yiming Shuang
Chief Operating Officer
Inversant

2019-11-13T22:48:28-05:00

Yiming Shuang
Chief Operating Officer
Inversant

"Through clarifying our narratives and programmatic directions and transforming our ideas into clear messages, Alison helped us to not only get funding but also engage our funders. Working with her made our grant application process very efficient and strategic. She truly "gets" us, and she's more than a freelance grant writer; she's a great partner and team member who works hard to advance our organization."

"I was thoroughly impressed and so appreciate how well you know Project Hope. You spoke like an internal expert - using our lingo, referencing our programs with clear knowledge, and offering really insightful suggestions. I'm really grateful that you came into Project Hope's world. Thank you!"

Sue Marble Cuthbert
Director of Development
Project Hope

2018-12-20T15:08:11-05:00

Sue Marble Cuthbert
Director of Development
Project Hope

"I was thoroughly impressed and so appreciate how well you know Project Hope. You spoke like an internal expert - using our lingo, referencing our programs with clear knowledge, and offering really insightful suggestions. I'm really grateful that you came into Project Hope's world. Thank you!"

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! You have an incredible gift. Not only were you able to write and respond to the FOA expertly but you also facilitated a collaborative process to help the state develop a vision for systems change. In my experience, not all grant writers are able to do both functions well. You are at the top of my grant writer consultant list!"

Kim Firth
Program Director
Endowment for Health

2018-03-15T19:40:03-05:00

Kim Firth
Program Director
Endowment for Health

"Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! You have an incredible gift. Not only were you able to write and respond to the FOA expertly but you also facilitated a collaborative process to help the state develop a vision for systems change. In my experience, not all grant writers are able to do both functions well. You are at the top of my grant writer consultant list!"

"It has been a pleasure working with you. I so appreciate your keeping us organized and helping us to think critically about what we wanted to do. The final narrative and other documents look spectacular from my perspective."

Lara Quiroga, M.Ed.
Director of Strategic Initiatives for Children
Amoskeag Health

2018-03-17T23:00:28-05:00

Lara Quiroga, M.Ed.
Director of Strategic Initiatives for Children
Amoskeag Health

"It has been a pleasure working with you. I so appreciate your keeping us organized and helping us to think critically about what we wanted to do. The final narrative and other documents look spectacular from my perspective."
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