147: Kick-Starting a Nonprofit from the Ground Up with Tiffany Allen

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“Start with your why and understand the gap you want to fill in the field. Get your message clear and recruit the right people who resonate with your mission.”

– Tiffany Allen
Episode #147


In this episode of What the Fundraising Podcast…

If you’re feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by the lack of progress in your efforts to start a nonprofit organization from scratch, despite your countless hours of research and networking, then you are not alone! Many individuals like yourself find themselves stuck in a cycle of ineffective actions, such as submitting grant applications with little success or struggling to build a strong support base. Instead of experiencing growth and impact, they are left feeling discouraged and unsure of how to move forward. But fear not, there is a way to break free from this cycle and achieve the successful establishment and growth of a nonprofit organization.

Say hello to Tiffany Allen, an inspiring entrepreneur with an unwavering commitment to empowering non-profit start-ups. As the creator of ‘Boss on a Budget’, she has been cradling the dreams of fresh non-profit entrepreneurs since 2016. Tiffany’s focus leans towards aiding small, grassroots organizations and those led by communities of color. With a repository of educational content, digital tools, and personal coaching, she’s built a supportive foundation for those ready to make a difference in the world. Armed with a potent blend of strategic insight and heartfelt passion, Tiffany has steered numerous non-profits to a path of sustainable growth.



Tiffany Allen


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Get to know Tiffany Allen:

Tiffany Allen is the CEO of Boss on a Budget, a small firm that teaches communities to form strong nonprofits and obtain funding. Her passion is working with Black-led nonprofits and other new and community-led nonprofits, teaching them to use their skills and talents to get funding. She manages an online network of over 14,000 people from across the world who are seeking grant writing assistance and support and teaches on nonprofit startup to a combined audience of over 24,000 followers on YouTube and Instagram. She regularly produces video and written content on nonprofit startup and fundraising.


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