Our Story

Learn the story behind how a young bootstrapped upstart startup
became one of the most reliable funding solutions for charities.

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How It All Started

The story of Grant Advance is a story that begins with a young executive
director struggling to secure grant funding for their organization.

If you're a director or board member in your current organization, you are
probably far too familiar with just how difficult it can be. But back when
this all started, it was tougher. In efforts to find potential funders, we had
decided that the grant funding process was too complex. It needed
improvement, and it needed to be improved dramatically.

charity fundraiser holding her laptop and a coffee as she walks to work
Charity fundraisers discussing campaign details in a meeting

How Grant Advance Was Born

When the initial team met together to design our system, we gathered a
group of people that had experience and knowledge, not just with
technology, but with running non-profits and with fundraising.

They became excited about the opportunity to invest their experience in
developing a software solution specifically for grant funding. At this time, it
was decided that it would be the team members that had served on the
front lines that would drive the design and development of our software.

We've Helped More Than 1,300 Charities
Seeking Funding this Past Year

Our Approach of
Continuous Improvement

By putting themselves back in the position of their “inexperienced” selves,
our founding members asked the simple question, “what would I have
needed back then in order to be successful?”.

It was an exciting challenge. It meant that every screen design, every
button, and every function of the system had to be there for a very
practical reason. If it did not make things easier, quicker, and more
efficient, then it was back to the drawing board.

Charity fundraisers pinning campaign details on a corkboard.
Woman standing by a whiteboard

How Our Approach Shapes Us Today

Since launching in 2014, Grant Advance has never left the drawing board.
As much as we wish we could say otherwise, we understand that our
systems are never perfect. No matter how big or how small, there is
always room for improvement.

We listen to the most pressing issues facing our clients and look for
practical solutions to these real problems. It has been a fun and worthwhile
pursuit that animates our entire team to continue to strive for excellence.

Our Teamwork
Makes It All Possible

We are extremely happy with what we do and how we've grown to become who we are today. Take a moment to meet our valued team members and why we're the right fit for your organization.