Approach

Our mission is to empower nonprofits 

with the tools needed to build capacity, fundraise, and dismantle systems of inequity.

Talem is a derivation of the Latin word, talis, meaning distinguished or empowered, a sentiment we hope all of our clients embody as they move forward with their mission and distinguish themselves from other agencies. 

Talem utilizes an intersectional and equity-based framework to ensure the communities being served are centered in the work we do.

 

Our culturally responsive fundraising techniques center a horizontal philanthropy mindset that places donors, nonprofits, and program recipients on equal footing. We use a data-driven analytical approach to generate healthy budgets, build financial reserves, diversify funding, implement new program components, and create strong organizational systems.

 

Our core values include a commitment to:

 

  • Mission-driven impact

  • Personalized service & customized solutions

  • Open dialogue & pragmatic problem-solving

  • Inspired leadership & donor engagement

  • Professional ethics & standards

  • Advancing racial equity & inclusion

 

Our relationship begins with you as

Talem learns about:

 

  • Your specific needs and background

  • Your organizational scope and goals

  • The issues to be examined and services to be completed

 

Talem works with you to create custom strategies designed to reflect the specific needs and values of your community by determining:

  • A broad definition of the assignment

  • A basic analysis or information gathering assessment

  • Logical project phases 

  • An assessment of the time needed to complete the assignment and cost

 

When appropriate, Talem Consulting will

provide a written proposal outlining:

 

  • Our understanding of the assignment

  • The recommended approach

  • The organization of the assigned work

  • Expected results

  • Estimated time to complete the project and the cost

We set expectations for our clients to ensure we build a successful partnership to empower your mission:

  • 100% buy-in (full participation and support, as needed) from organizational leadership into the project (including the primary contact, executive leadership, and board of directors). 

  • Monthly Zoom check-ins for retainer/project clients to assess progress and goals. We encourage communication throughout the month via phone or email to share updates and successes. We strive to return emails within 24-48 business hours and request the same of our clients.
  • Timely payment of invoices (within 15-30 days of receipt) to ensure there is no disruption in services.
  • Acceptance of work product in a timely manner to ensure there are no missed deadlines (usually within 7-14 days depending on the project).

Talem | Washington DC and Dallas, Texas Consultants

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