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Our Clients

Talem serves a wide array of organizations across the United States which serve communities of color, immigrants, refugees, religious minorities, and other impacted communities. Our work spans multiple organizations, causes, and cultures giving us a unique perspective on how to engage with donors outside of “normal” philanthropic narratives - making us responsive and adaptable to the communities we serve. Some of our recent projects are highlighted here alongside our client list.

Modern Military Association of America
Executive Director 

Talem stepped into an interim executive director role with MMAA, to provide crisis management, organizational management, and interim leadership at a time when anti-LGBTQ+ laws are impacting the lives of military service members, veterans, and their families. 

  • Implemented a functional board of directors handbook with standardized policies and procedures aligned with MMAA's bylaws.

  • Implemented a comprehensive employee manual with DEIJ-aligned policies and procedures to support organizational staff and volunteers.

  • Implemented financial procedures, internal controls, and compliance timelines to support effective organizational oversight and legal/tax reporting.

  • Started a 2024 budget and organizational strategic planning process to ensure MMAA is effectively meeting its mission and goals.

  • Built a comprehensive fundraising strategy to re-engage individual donors, foundations, corporate partners, and event sponsors. Expanded earned revenue through new merchandise in the MMAA store and magazine advertising.

  • Recruited new board leadership whose skills, competencies, and experiences align with MMAA's future needs to help lead the organization into this new era.

  •  Launched an Incident Reporting form– the first of its kind to track and address concerns that arise within the worldwide U.S. military community.

  • Updated the website to make it easier to navigate and expanded the list of legal referrals, resources, and advocacy toolkits.

  • Launched a new safe, virtual, and moderated monthly meeting space– MMAA Strong Communities- for adult LGBTQ+ service members, veterans, and their partners to find fellowship, community, resources, and support.

  • Relaunched MMAA’s Chapters to help LGBTQ+ military members and veterans facilitate opportunities for mutual support, camaraderie, and leadership development.

  • Built a comprehensive advocacy agenda in five key issue areas: HIV Positive service, transgender service, military families, active service members and veterans, and the ban on drag activities.

  • Relaunched the Rainbow Shield Certification program with new culturally-specific resources to help groups work effectively with LGBTQ+ and HIV+ military and veteran communities.

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National Women's Health Network
Interim Director of Development

Talem stepped into an interim development role with NWHN, during a period of organizational transition and interim leadership as well as a time when the national dialogue was focused on women's sexual and reproductive health.  

  • Created a donor forecast analysis of the past five years fundraising trends that enabled us to streamline the development department by cutting expenditures, moving key content and process to the digital sphere, and identifying new growth strategies.

  • Engaged new, younger donors and increased awareness among older women through a new digital acquisition strategy. The monthly acquisition pipeline maintained a consistent ROI of 7-8 times the amount of money spent each month, increased website traffic, and improved SEO.

  • Developed a fully comprehensive, development manual and annual fundraising plan that outlined systems and procedures for an incoming executive director, development director, and development associate. 

  • Built a consumer health and podcast driven sponsorship strategy and successfully created new relationships with corporate partners and sponsors. New corporate relationships earned the organization $100K in new money in the first six months.

  • Planned and executed the organization's first hybrid event, raising twice as much as past events. 

  • Managed the CRM database integration and transition process that reduced annual database expenses and improved fundraising and communications capabilities.

  • Led the End of Year campaign which exceeded its goal by 60% and its stretch goal by 6%. 

The NWHN invites you to sponsor Your Health Unlocked. Answers you need. Stories that matter. Media kit 2022

Turtle Survival Alliance
Development Consultant

Talem stepped into a development consultant role with TSA, during a period of organizational transition and interim leadership.

  • Expanded the corporate sponsorship program for TSA's annual conference and national/international projects. 

  • Created a major donor cultivation and stewardship plan. 

  • Streamlined the annual fund campaign.

  • Built a planned giving strategy for long-time supporters.

  • Built a foundation strategy to increase operational and U.S.-based project support.

  • Helped hire and onboard a Grants Manager and Director of Development.

  • Presented workshops on Fostering a Culture of Gender Inclusion in Nonprofit Spaces for TSA's board and staff

  • Presented data and resources to combat discrimination, harassment, and gender-based violence issues facing women and gender non-conforming individuals in the field of herpetology: “Moving Beyond Diversity: Building a Culture of Inclusion and Belonging” at the Annual Symposium on the Conservation and Biology of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles.

21st annual symposium, Charleston, South Carolina - sponsorship brochure 2023

Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Organizational Development Trainer

Talem has worked with CAIR National and its chapters for 5+ years in fundraising, grant writing, communications, and organizational development roles. Most recently, we:

  • Led confidential "healing circles" that invited employees to participate in hour-long group sessions to share and process issues faced in the workplace.

  • Led a two-part training series on Fostering a Culture of Gender Inclusivity for all national and chapter employees. 

  • Updated the two-part training series for new sessions with national and chapter employees and board members.

Fostering a culture of gender inclusivity presentation powerpoint

Client List

Alley's House

Baitulmaal

Boys Home of Virginia

Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT)

Facing Abuse in Community Environments (FACE)

Immunize D.C.

Journey of Hope Grief Support Center

Manna DC

National Military Family Association

Opportunity for a Better Tomorrow (OBT)

Reviving Sisterhood (RISE Minnesota)

St. Matthew's Episcopal Cathedral: Bishop's Camp

Wasat

American Halal Council

Bank on 100 Million Campaign with Mission: Launch

Bryan's House

Dallas Chinese Community Center (DCCC)

Good Ole Lower East Side (GOLES)

Institute for Muslim Mental Health

KinderUSA

Maryland Youth Pipe Band

National Women's Health Network

Orange County Islamic Foundation

San Ramon Valley Islamic Center

Texas Muslim Women's Foundation

What's Next Washington

American Muslim Community Foundation (AMCF)

Basmah

Caring House

Education is Freedom (EIF)

Humanitarian Hands Charities

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) - Dallas Chapter

Lilly Family School of Philanthropy's Community Collaboration Initiative: Public Policy and Advocacy Group

Modern Military Association of America (MMAA)

North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens (Ntarupt)

Parenting with a Purpose

The Senior Source

The Family and Youth Institute (The FYI)

Yaqeen Institute

Aumazo

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas

CAIR National + 35 Chapters

Emgage Florida

Hope Cottage Pregnancy and Adoption Center

Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU)

Magdalen House

Modest Family Solutions

Northwest Credible Messenger

Raise Karma

Soul's Harbor

Turtle Survival Alliance

Yemeni American Resource Center

Azar Foundation

Boys and Girls Club of Central Texas

Congress of Communities

Empower African Children

Immigrantly Podcast

Islamic Shura Council of Southern California

Mann Mukti

Muslim American Society (MAS)

Olive Community Services

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington D.C. (RPCV/W)

South Florida Muslim Federation

Urban Health Plan

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