Client Portfolio

  • Catholic Community Connection: Ascend Advisors, LLC. conducted a series of focus groups to design strategies to build a pipeline of Catholic leaders and leadership within the healthcare ministries and across Sisters of Charity Health Systems. Upon plan completion with recommendations, the work was used to implement a pilot program designed from input gathered the focus groups.

  • The Cleveland Foundation’s MyCom Youth Development Initiative: Event Planner for The MyCom Youth Voice Awards, an event focused on the positive impact youth make and a celebration of those who support them to be the best person they can be. Allison designed the plan and managed the event with over 250 attendees and an over 90% success rate of the survey respondents who rated the event “excellent”. Ascend Advisors is currently managing the 2019 event.

  • Domestic Violence Coordinating Council: Ascend Advisors, LLC. designed a comprehensive strategic & operational plan for the Cuyahoga County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council during 2013 for implementation during 2014-2017 and including a 1-2 year operational plan. The planning session included a literature review process, best practice design review, development of Board committees, and a new set of By-Laws and guidelines.

  • Belmont University: Allison is currently an adjunct faculty member Belmont University’s Masters in Education for Nonprofit Leadership in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences and she is currently teaching Nonprofit Governance.

  • NeedLink Nashville: Fund Development and Communications Consultant for NeedLink Nashville, a nonprofit focused on providing crisis intervention for individuals, seniors and families who are unable to pay their rent or utilities and resource navigation and personalized plans to help them sustain their housing and overcome future financial challenges. Since March 2018, we have secured over $322K in grant funding. We assist their staff with grant research, relationship development, grant writing and submission and their online marketing and communications.

  • University Settlement: Members of Ascend Advisors LLC. were hired to conduct a full strategic plan process including a strategic plan, best practice literature review, and an operational plan for a 3-year implementation process for 2016-2018.

  • East Cleveland Public Library: Strategy, Fund Development and Marketing Consultant for East Cleveland Public Library, a unique autonomous library that includes both traditional library services and is in the process of building their African American history and culture collections. In 2019, we have secured over $125K in grant funding. In this capacity, we are assisting the staff and Board leadership in the operationalization of their strategic plan, managing their fund development strategies and creating an updated marketing and messaging plan.

  • P.A.L.S. for Heal: Fund Development Strategist for P.A.L.S. for Healing, a nonprofit focused on providing mental health treatment using arts therapies for children, families and individuals who have suffered trauma and/or loss. Since March 2018, we have secured over $110K in grant funding.

  • Community Partnership on Aging: Grant Writer for the Community Partnership on Aging, a community organization comprised of several local governments, with the purpose of assisting older adults to live their lives safely and positive wellbeing. In this capacity, we research, build relationships with funders, and write grant applications. Since August 2018, we have successfully secured over $60K in grant funding.


Ascend provides total project management and includes a full spectrum of management and executive services to organizations.

Our topic areas of expertise include Workforce Development, Small Business Support, Youth Development and Government and Non-Profit Management

Email us today at info@ascendadvise.com to have coffee or a phone call to talk aobut your needs and how we can help