TESTIMONIALS

We believe client satisfaction is the greatest indicator of success.

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“Pear Associates has exceptional grant writers that have helped HRiA secure funding through new state and federal partnerships. They are incredibly professional, thorough, and ensure a smooth process from conceptualization to submission. Having Pear Associates on hand, especially in a crunch, has helped many of our teams submit and secure funding to advance our work in health and racial equity. We are thrilled to work with Pear Associates and would highly recommend to other entities looking to engage grant writers.”
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Gracie Rolfe, Senior Project Manager, Health Resources in Action
“We are so grateful for the support we received from Pear Associates, especially the expertise and guidance from Lara. As a small nonprofit, we did not have the capacity to apply for a substantial grant for future building renovations. Not only did Lara help us submit a competitive application, she also assisted our group in project development and planning for crucial next steps. If awarded, this grant will be a game changer for our organization, and there is no way we would have been able to apply for funding without the additional support from Pear Associates. Even if we aren’t successful with this application, we feel confident that the groundwork completed during this process will set us up for success in future fundraising for this project.”
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Zach Powers, Executive Director, The Pittsfield Workshop
“Pear Associates played a crucial role in helping our staff and volunteers develop a clear vision for the next three years. They provided thorough research to support our work and conducted well-structured strategy sessions that allowed us to thoughtfully answer our key questions while staying focused on achieving outcomes. We are extremely satisfied with the results of this process.”
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Michael Cancilliere, President/CEO Cooperative Production

“Pear Associates brings a level of professionalism, experience, and expertise to YWCA New Hampshire’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.”

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Jessica Cantin, Former CEO, YWCA New Hampshire
“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.”
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Jaye Y. Smith, Former CEO, Martin Trust Partnership in Education for Early Learners
“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.”
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Don Grace, Founder, Schooling for Hope
“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.”
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Lisa Perkins Smith, Former Operations & Strategy Manager, ACET, Inc.
“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!”
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Osagie N. Okoruwa, Founder/Director, The Innocent Convicts

“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.”

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Diane Gould, President and CEO, Advocates
“The Pear Associates team took the time to work with a broad array of stakeholders, were always responsive, and were a delight to work with. We were very pleased with the results and utilized the Needs Assessment summary report to successfully secure funding for our priority initiatives this upcoming year.”
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Joelle Martin, Executive Director, Milford Kids Thrive
“Root began working with Pear Associates in early 2021 in a strategic grant-writing capacity. They have helped expand our prospect list, fine-tune and improve our story-telling, and increase our output, and, as a result, we have received support from several new funders. Although Alison Gray, Pear Associate’s President, works with Root in a consulting role, her investment in our work and mission parallels our staff team. Her work is efficient, effective, and her turn-around is incredible.”
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Scott Knox, Former Executive Director, Root
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“Pear Associates has been a delight to work with! Their expertise has been invaluable to developing our strategic plan and we value how much interest and investment Pear has shown our program over the years. This team is excellent at convening multidisciplinary groups, understanding and conveying our goals, and we look forward to working with them in the future.”
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Katie Burns, Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team Supervisor, Amoskeag Health
“I was very please with our final product and believe it would have been less competitive without Pear’s guidance. I was really impressed with the Pear’s teams responsiveness from the first time I reached out until the proposal was submitted. I hope we have the opportunity to work with Allison and Katie again.”
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Sarah Mattson Dustin, Executive Director, New Hampshire Legal Assistance (NHLA)
“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.”
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Nicole Heimarck, Director, New Hampshire Alliance for College and Career Readiness
“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!”
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Trevor Wissink-Adams, Former Managing Director of Development, Phoenix Charter Academy Network
“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.”
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Melissa Kennedy, CEO, The International Rett Syndrome Foundation

“I was thoroughly impressed and so appreciate how well you know Project HOPE Boston. 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 Boston’s world.”

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Sue Marble Cuthbert, Former Director of Development, Project HOPE Boston
“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!”
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Kim Firth, Program Director, Endowment for Health
“We enlisted the help of Pear Associates to help us scale our grant writing services for our multiple locations. Interaction with the staff members there has been wonderful and the grant writer that was assigned to our team jumped right in. The grant writer has not felt like a consultant, she has felt part of our organization because of how seamless the communication has been, she has understood our mission from day one and has gone above and beyond to ensure our grant applications are done well and on time no matter the hurdle.”
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Susan O'Neill-Griffin (she/them), Development Director, EforAll