Our Mission at Work for You
Thrive Mission Company supports grassroots nonprofit, community, and faith-based organizations in building capacity through strategic consulting, development and communications services so that they can more effectively focus on their missions to create thriving communities and improve lives.
Thrive Mission President and Principal Consultant, Ashlie James, M.A., B.A., has over 15 years of professional and volunteer experience, having served alongside and consulted for charitable, faith-based and educational organizations of all sizes and scopes. She has a wide range of administrative, executive, development and communications experience having served at all levels. Her career achievements include a successful track record of over $27 million in funded state, federal, and foundation grant proposals, and post-award management of over $19 million dollars in funded grant programs. In 2014, Ashlie founded Atlanta GLOW, a nonprofit mentoring organization that has served more than 700 marginalized youth and counting. In 2019, she established Thrive Mission Company, a consulting practice serving grassroots organizations across the US with mission-driven grant writing and communications services. With bachelor and master’s degrees in biblical studies and nonprofit leadership, Ashlie’s passion for serving others is filtered through a ministry and community lens with an aim of building and supporting initiatives that empower people to lead better lives and secure sustainable futures.
Consulting: Delivering one-on-one or group consulting sessions on topics such as, but not limited to, strategic planning, board development, team building, sustainability, leadership development, program development, startup support, IRS 501c3 application preparation, fundraising, volunteer and talent management, retreat and event planning, branding and communications, and project management.
Grant Writing: Providing a range of grant writing services such as, but not limited to, preparing cover letters, letters of intent, required agency forms, project narratives, budgets, and required attachments (e.g., resumes, letters of support, organization charts, and lists of board and staff).
Communications: Creating communications such as, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, presentations, blogs, articles, social media content, white papers, annual reports, requests for proposals, fact sheets, transcriptions, website content, handbooks, branding guides, and fundraising campaigns.
Funding Research: Performing a targeted search for funding opportunities that align with the Client's service area, geography, and target population and creating a customized report and calendar with potential grant funding opportunities, eligibility, requirements, and deadlines.
Proposal Reviews: Conducting a thorough read and review of the Client’s grant proposal and any supplementary documents and materials and providing feedback and suggestions for improvement regarding spelling, grammar, style, readability, content, and adherence to funder requirements.
Grant Training: Facilitating a grant writing training outlining the most common sections of grant proposals, the information they should include, where to find grant opportunities, an overview of what funders want to read, and how to form a grant writing team to support grant writing success.
Speaking and Facilitation: Speaking to educational, nonprofit, faith-based and corporate audiences about topics such as, but not limited to, leadership, service, and creating sustainable impact in schools, communities and workplaces.
Seven Design Features Your Program Needs to Attract Funding Live Webinar
In Partnership with Candid
August 20, 2020, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Program Design Secrets for Maximizing Funding Success Live Webinar
In Partnership with the Cobb Collaborative
May 6, 2020, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Getting Ready for Government Grants Live Webinar
In Partnership with the Cobb Collaborative
April 22, 2020, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Develop Your Nonprofit's Programs for Maximum Impact
In Partnership with the Women's Nonprofit Alliance
March 27, 2020, 10:00 am
Facebook Live Guest Series
Getting Ready for Government Grants
February 5, 2020, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Cobb Collaborative, 995 Roswell St NE, Marietta, GA 30060
Building Organizational Capacity with Effective Volunteer Programming
January 29, 2020, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Candid, 151 Ellis Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303
“Consulting with Ashlie James, Thrive Mission Company, has been by far my best coaching investment. It’s been educating and painless. She has especially supported me as I clarified my vision for my nonprofit as well as walking me through every step of the start-up process. Ashlie is very knowledgeable, integral and a trusted source for nonprofit organizations."
Reva Hart, Executive Director, Mending Harts Foundation
“We worked with Ashlie James of Thrive Mission for Created Woman on several grants for our Launch Her program and was very pleased! She walked us through every step of the grant proposal process, met with us regularly, was always open to suggestions. Ashlie immediately understood the heart and mission behind our organization and was able to communicate it in a way that was clear and heartfelt. Plus, her gift for finding and matching our needs with the right funding organizations was truly incredible. I highly recommend her to any non-profit faith-based organization.”
Heather Frierson, Founder, Created Woman Foundation