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BearFruit specializes in fundraising and marketing strategy, grant writing and donor research to help charities, nonprofits and social impact organizations raise more money.

About BearFruit

Our team is hungry to help you plant the seeds that bear fruit – so you can raise the funding to make a deep, long-lasting impact on the communities you serve.

We are particularly passionate about working with causes that focus on poverty alleviation, helping children, and education.

Every important opportunity to attract additional resources requires a sharp fundraising and marketing strategy, and excellent writing. Our team adeptly communicates your needs, impact and why you are worthy of investment in a compelling and clear way.

Rooted in our many years of experience working with donors and grantors, we help tell your story effectively to increase financial support for your organization.

Our team prides itself on being entrepreneurial, thoughtful, diligent and transparent in everything we do. Most of all, we operate with a growth mindset, laser-focused on helping you fund your mission and programs.

Together, we will plant the seeds that bear fruit for years to come.

Together, we will plant the seeds that bear fruit for years to come.

BearFruit Services

  • Fundraising & Marketing Strategy
  • Grants Strategy, Writing & Management
  • Donor Research & Prospecting

We help organizations retain, grow and find funding for their mission.

Depending on who you are, it could include designing a strategy to deepen your donor relationships, advising on how to communicate and market your mission to the right audiences, or handling your grants needs.

Maybe it’s all three.

The goal of your fundraising and marketing strategies is to generate more opportunities to ask for funding. Most of the time, you will need to write your request – whether a proposal, LOI, grant or presentation.

We want you to be ready.

Our team builds, maintains and/or fine-tunes your organization’s writing and communications repository, according to your needs, fundraising strategy and vision for impact. We manage and strengthen your grants and fundraising program for your government, corporate, foundation and/or individual funding requests.

Operating with a journalist’s thirst for information, we want to understand your mission and impact, inside out. It is our responsibility to embody all you stand for as we present your organization to the funding community.

We are intensely organized and strategic about helping you steward funders – now and for the future. Equally as important, we are thorough and data-driven in articulating to funders that you have put their investment to good use and have met their goals and requirements.

BearFruit Services
BearFruit Approach

BearFruit’s Approach

At its core, successful fundraising – and life in general, for that matter – is about relationships. Therefore, it is important that we understand your relationships with funders and how you navigate them to seek investment in your mission. Simply, it is about aligning your mission and programming to those funders who are the most interested in what you do and the issues you help solve.

Our approach starts with understanding your needs. We ask a lot of questions about your fundraising, marketing and grant writing such as:

  • How you ask for funding – key messages, the need you address, your impact and outcomes, your positioning in the market
  • Why funders invest in your cause
  • What separates your organization and services from others
  • Your strategic framework/vision

From there, we build the strategy and organize all the writing, supporting materials and budgets so we can help you easily apply for funding – on deadline and tailored to each funder. We want to help you take care of current funders, find ways to grow their giving by making a strong case for additional support, and research new funding opportunities to support your mission.

We don’t just sit behind a desk. We are strategic and proactive in how we think about supporting and augmenting your funding needs.

Sam Alpert, President

Sam has spent his 20-year career as a fundraiser, writer and marketing executive. His purpose in life, and his drive, come from helping others and making an impact on the world.

As the Chief Development Officer and lead fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Arizona for 10 years, Sam guided the organization to its most successful fundraising in history, fueling its impact on more than 140,000 K-12 students annually. During his tenure, Sam re-designed the fundraising team, and together, they nearly tripled annual giving and raised more than $40 million to support programming, launch new initiatives, drive innovation, and expand reach. He played a key role in transforming the organization into a cutting-edge leader in career and financial literacy education for children, making it one of the top-performing Junior Achievement chapters out of 102 offices in the United States.

Previously, Sam co-founded and managed an advertising and public relations agency whose clients included Make-A-Wish, Habitat for Humanity, Dunkin’ Donuts, Cox Communications and NPR. His agency was responsible for creating messaging, developing marketing strategy, and shaping the public perception for executives and companies in all industries. Sam’s agency was the #1-ranked boutique PR firm in Arizona for three years.

Sam has an MBA and BA in journalism from Arizona State University and has completed executive education at UC Berkeley and Stanford. He was a 2021 Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Fellow and was honored as a “40 Under 40” by the Business Journal. He has also served as chairperson and board member for education, social services and healthcare nonprofits. But, most of all, Sam is a proud husband and father to two beautiful daughters (who challenge him every day of his life).

Sam Alpert - Bear Fruit

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