An Integrative Approach to Improving Organizational Effectiveness

Success Stories

DSA does more than write grants and fundraise. We help nonprofits position themselves for success and plan for the future.


Long-term success

Compassionate Care ALS
Our involvement with start-ups such as CCALS illustrates the benefit of DSA's full-service approach to nonprofit consulting. CCALS, a program of palliative and integrative support for families facing ALS (a.k.a Lou Gherig's Disease), partnered with DSA in 2003 when they had revenues of $60,000. Since that time, DSA has  managed their development including annual appeals, newsletters, grant research and writing and fundraising events. We also worked to create their mission statements, logo and website. DSA contributions have freed staff to take care of what they do best-provide direct services to ALS patients and their families. In 2012, Compassionate Care's annual budget grew to more $1.15 million annually employing six full-time staff members.

Friends for Tomorrow (FFT)
DSA has conducted strategic planning, helped set-up and maintain the bookkeeping system and wrote grants for FFT, an organization dedicated to providing children and adolescents facing extraordinary life challenges with the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding. DSA's inputs supported the board and staff as they grew from a budget of $25,000 to $140,000 in a year and a half, implemented a new client payment policy and hired new staff. FFT has maintained that income level and put funds in reserve, FFT continues to call on DSA when necessary.


Institutes of higher education

UMASS Boston
DSA was the key to helping UMASS Boston design and effectively market a nursing workforce diversity program which yielded two grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for more than $2 million. DSA's continued support to UMASS has enabled minority and underserved communities to complete nursing degrees and join the workforce and helped to reduce the disparities in health outcomes that exist for minority populations, as promoted by Healthy People 2010.

Collaborative Partnership between nonprofits and universities

Men Against Breast Cancer (MABC)
The DSA team played a critical role in the successful grant submission by MABC to the CDC for $1.3 million. MABC targets support services to educate and empower men to be effective caregivers to their partner with breast cancer. DSA worked with MABC and their partner, the Johns Hopkins Breast Center to design an effective program aligned with the CDC's priorities. DSA's expertise in working with underserved populations was instrumental in supporting the development of MABC's outreach effort that included securing national partners such as the Mayo Clinic Native Web, National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer II, and Nueva Vida/New Life. This was MABC's first ever successful grant application. 


Bringing Nonprofits to the next level

Friendship Home
Friendship Home provides respite and support services for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families and retained DSA in August 2008. They had been working since 1999 on a capital campaign and had raised $1 million of a $2.9 million capital campaign. DSA helped Friendship Home to raise the balance and to fulfill their campaign goal. DSA encouraged Friendship Home to diversify its fundraising strategy by applying to more potential sources of funding including corporate foundations and by holding targeted special events aimed at their donor constituency. The ground floor activity center was opened in July of 2010 and the respite area was opened in January of 2012. As this organization is largely a community-based organization, DSA advised FH to hold an annual gala that has raised over $500,000 annually for the organization and furthermore, helped cultivate capital campaign donors.