Lnee R&D is a socially conscious research & development company that can be a catalyst for your economic empowerment. We offer financial literacy, career coaching, profile makeovers, grant research, HR training, + more.
You deserve a career that brings you joy. Whether you’re a freelance journalist, a data analyst, or a stay at home mom looking to pivot into a brand new career, we are here to support your journey.
COVID Quick Hitter
COVID-19 has drastically changed the way nonprofits operate. Our discounted grant services can help struggling nonprofits to apply for funding to keep their doors open. We now offer a #COVIDquickHitter — this is a grant research guide. For $50 Lnee R+D will research and vet at least 10 grants, then present them to your development lead. The guide includes contact, deadlines, contact info, notes from the funder(s), and a 15-minute consultation.
How much is your future worth?
A 15-minute consultation can help you decide the best next steps on your professional journey. Whether you need to remix your resume for a career pivot or decide on the best coding camp, Lnee R&D can help you create a strong framework for success.
“See Me” CV
Much like the resume remix, this option is meant for those interested in updating or created a strong CV that will get the attention of companies, universities, and clients. The package includes 2 revisions, a PDF of your CV, and a list of academic conferences or calls for papers to submit scholarly work.
Companies: Book Your Cultural Competence Check
We match great companies with stellar candidates to help improve recruitment and retention of the most marginalized groups. Our talented pool of candidates will offer corporations high level skills and the opportunity to create more inclusive, culturally competent teams. Since Lnee R+D is a boutique firm, we’ll make sure to offer clients customized options that accurately reflect your goals.
Lnee R&D can support your steps towards greatness.
Whether it’s a Mock Interview, a LinkedIn Overhaul, your resume, a cover letter, or general branding strategies, we can help. Choose from one of the services below to jump start your career.
Mini Makeover (Our Most Popular Package)
This service includes a Linkedin overhaul. I will update your account based on your resume and intended career field. You’ll also get 5 scheduled posts during peak times, 1 original ghost written linkedin article tailored to your target audience, and 5 suggested keywords for your brand. Additionally, I will promote your account to my 1,176 connections.
Interested in shifting from program staff to executive director? I was able to do that with no training and very little experience. I have served on dozens of hiring committees for top level nonprofit leaders. Let me help you take steps toward that goal. This service includes everything in the mini makeover plus access to executive application material templates (resume, cover letter, pitch deck), two 20-minute calls and a mock interview with industry experts.
In the midst of a career shift? Feel a little lost in the sauce? Let’s work together to get you where you need to be. This quick 10-minute call will help refresh your resume based on your immediate job search needs. This is a great graduation gift or a nice treat for yourself to boost your chances for landing a great job.
Need help researching the best grants for your nonprofit?
For some people, grant writing feels like this un-conquerable beast standing between you and you organization’s stability. While some foundations do have a long, daunting process, there are others that have a quick one page form.
I got my first grant back in high school over a decade ago. My basketball coach owned a sports apparel company. I wanted to design t-shirts, but I had no capital. After practice one day I showed him some sketches and talked about my business idea. I couldn’t tell if he took 15-year-old me seriously, but he told me that if I brought back a budget he *might* help me out. I talked to my best friend and together we came up with a proposal. I don’t remember whether our projections were good or not, but we got the money and we sold about a dozen shirts. Mind you–this was back in the 90s before social media was a thing. For us, those shirts meant we had a real chance at being business owners. I try to bring that same motivation to grant writing. Most of the folks who need these tips are as privileged to have an adult who believes in their idea enough to fund it. That’s where I come in.
Rather than drive yourself up the wall, use these quick grant writing tips to get started.
#1 Target Small/New Organizations
While it may be tempting to write Oprah a letter asking for $1 million to start your cat tattoo non-profit, let’s take a few steps back. Often, there a smaller foundations and collectives looking for great ideas. Take the Coalition of Black Excellence. Started by a Black litigation attorney, this organization has only been around for a year, but it has already grown to a size that allows them to distribute four (4) grants to non-profits. Another great thing about small and new organizations is their commitment to their mission statement. The Association of Black Argumentation Professionals has provided in-kind professional development services and workshops to entrepreneurs. When you’re looking for operational funding, in-kind donations can help lift some of the burden from nonprofit leaders.
#2 Make SMART Goals
You may have learned about this in one of your intro classes. SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Goals that don’t meet one or more of these standards tend to be too abstract, which means you’re setting yourself up for failure.
#3 Search Credible Databases
Instrumentl, Grants.gov, and The Ford Foundation have a database of grants, foundations, and individual donors who want to support organizations with a great cause. Many of our favorite celebrities also have foundations that donate to causes. Go beyond a basic google search and really investigate a potential funder before sharing sensitive information. Pro tip: check the organization’s EIN to make sure they’re legitimate.
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