You Know What's the Worst?

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When you try so hard to run an organization that changes the world for the better but then someone asks you about your program budget (I mean you need all the money from this funder, right?), and you are so busy helping others you don’t have time to figure out how you're supposed to do this full-time for the long haul, so you take a side gig at Starbucks but end up spending all the money you make on office supplies so you can do even more good in the world? It feels like it's going to be your full-time volunteer project forever and how does anyone ever go from collecting donations from their family to a real, legit non-profit that operates like a business? 

What’s a change agent to do? 

It doesn’t matter that you’ve applied for two hundred and seventeen grants, and been on the hunt for a volunteer bookkeeper for three years, and asked your grandma to make a donation instead of send you the annual Christmas socks (that you really needed this year because you donated all your clothing budget to the organization you are trying to grow!)

Alas, the dirty, low-down truth is this: change agents struggle with the business part of doing good. After all, you didn’t start a mission driven organization because you wanted to sit behind a desk, fill out grant reports, draft seven different budgets and call everyone in the phone book to ask if they have $5 to spare.

Are you sure this is what running a non-profit is?

We’re a consulting company specializing in the business of running a grassroots non-profit and we know 4 number of things to be true: 

  1. You can strategically engage your Board of Directors so they help you.
  2. You can pay yourself a salary while you grow your organization, and it’s important that you do because it means you’ll be able to keep doing good for a much longer time.
  3. You can find and match with the right funders, making fundraising less painful.
  4. In order to see the change you want happen, you need to create solutions for the business of your organization and put them into place today.

But what do we have? 

A process for planned growth. 

Developing operations and development systems is the one thing that lasting organizations implement early.

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How do you take an organization from one part-time staff who can’t serve all the needs of your clients to a stable non-profit creating the change you want to see in the world?

By developing and implementing a range of structures and processes to make the non-profit run smoothly.

 

Because that’s the thing, isn’t it? All you need to do is get organized and others start to believe you when you say your organization is going to change the world – and they want to join in any way they can. 

So that’s why Heddy was developed. At first blush, this seems daunting. But the concept here is simple: you don’t have to work two part-time jobs so you can afford to run your non-profit, you don’t have to go back to school for an MBA to make your organization stable and you don’t have to lose sleep at night wondering how to organize all the details when what you want to do is focus on the programs. 

All you need is to create a system to engage your Board and Donors, train them to help do more for your organization, and build out a process for staying on top of operations and development.

Heddy’s processes, structures and systems will help you have a bigger impact.

Because here’s what we often see happen with our clients:

  • They get burned out from “volunteering” for their organization and decide to stop trying
  • They spend hours creating a program budget only to have a funder come back and ask for it in a completely different format.
  • They work all day on their organizations programs and stay up all night wondering how they can create even more change when they can’t pay their light bill.

And you know what that means? 

  • A leader so frustrated she gives up and looks for a full-time job in finance. (You don’t have to be independently wealthy to run a non-profit, I promise).
  • Feelings of burnout because you can’t keep up with the very real needs of the people you are helping AND return the emails from your tax accountant. (We can help you get to inbox zero if that’s your jam.)
  • Applying for two thousand and three grants because you just need someone to help support your organization (You can tailor the grants so you only spend time on funders who are digging what you are doing).

This is precisely why we got into business: because we know that we can fix all of that, and more. 

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We specialize in the business of running and growing grassroots non-profits.

And we know 4 things to be true:
  1. You can strategically engage your Board of Directors so they help you.
  2. You can pay yourself a salary while you grow your organization, and it’s important that you do because it means you’ll be able to keep doing good for a much longer time.
  3. You can find and match with the right funders, making fundraising less painful.
  4. In order to see the change you want happen, you need to create solutions for the business of your organization and put them into place today.

But What Do We Have?? A Process for Planned Growth.

Heddy’s processes, structures and systems will help you have a bigger impact.

Hi, I'm Megan.

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Megan Eiss

Founder & CEO

I’m the founder of Heddy Consulting.

Prior to starting Heddy I co-founded a non-profit. I partnered with a passionate law professor who had a vision to help immigrant kids facing deportation by matching them with volunteer lawyers. I helped her and other co-founders develop and execute a plan to not just manage the mission, but make it sustainable. Today the organization is thriving with a full staff and stable funding. 

We didn't know what we were doing initially, but once you've seen it happen, I know it can happen again.

In the organization's earliest days we tried all the things – we stayed up all night writing grant applications, we accepted funding we weren’t sure we could use because we needed to pay our staff, we spent months planning a fundraising event that only a handful of people showed up to, we faced burnout and exhaustion. We tried it all and now, all I want to do is share what I learned with other people growing non-profits.

I’m a former public school teacher, lawyer and change agent with the skills and experience to teach you how to turn your organization into a stable, mission-focused non-profit.  

What's With the Name?

Heddy is a combination of a name and a word. Both serve as inspiration for how we do business. 

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress, inventor and film producer in a time when women were meant to be seen but not heard. We're inspired by Ms. Lamarr's ingenuity, perseverance and pizazz and bring these qualities to every project.

Heady definition:

Adjective meaning "having a strong or exhilarating effect."

At Heddy we have an exhilarating effect for the people and organizations we work with. We increase funding, improve team morale and create major impact for everyone involved.