“I first met with Karen during my early months as Executive Director of the Colorado Haiti Project. Karen immediately impressed me with her experience and insight into every aspect of running an international nonprofit in Haiti. Over the past few years I have continued to rely on her insight and advice on a variety of topics, including budgeting, fundraising, improving program management and creating authentic communications with our Haitian partners. Karen manages to be both humble and “on fire” when it comes to making a positive change and addressing the needs of not only women and children, but entire communities. Karen always has wise words to share, and concrete steps to take to achieve a goal or make an operational change for the better. Working with Karen has not only helped me to guide our organization to improve our activities, but she has also given me the inspiration and tools to make it through challenging situations.”

—Alison Rakotonirina, Executive Director, Colorado Haiti Project

“On behalf of our group from First Congregational Church in Boulder, thank you! We benefited tremendously by the many connections you helped link and visits you planned in Nairobi, Kenya. From the Action Centre, to Akili Dada, to the Green Belt Movement and the Global Education Fund Kenya, each has gifted us with a deep sense of awe, gratitude and hope. The people with whom we were blessed to meet will no doubt be with us forever. Much deep gratitude for making it all possible and sharing with us your many connections. It’s been a pleasure and gift to share all these experiences together. A big giant asante sana!!”

—Rev. Jason Hays, First Congregational Church

“A colleague referred me to Karen for advice on planning activities to bring donors closer to the mission of Containers 2 Clinics. She recommended a donor trip to Haiti, where some of our clinics are located, and proceeded to share a wealth of knowledge about preparing donors for the trip, managing details, and ensuring the trip would be meaningful to donors as well as our organization. Karen has thought of everything, and provided an amazing opportunity for C2C to learn from her experience. She shared wonderful tips for success, and made sure to mention things that we, as first-time planners, might not consider. She also provided a detailed planning document that has helped us immensely as we pull together details.”

—Dawn Belizaire, Director of Development, Containers 2 Clinics

“YWCA revenue has grown annually in each of the years since Ashmore Consulting has helped us with our foundation and corporate grants. Karen is knowledgeable about the grantmaking world, savvy in her strategy and approach to funders, and a top notch writer!

Karen’s work has made a real difference in the YWCA’s bottom line.”

—Janet L. Beardsley, Executive Director, YWCA of Boulder County

“Our organization had no consistent funding until Karen Ashmore directed our efforts. Now, there is a funding base supporting our work and our vision for the days to come. Karen’s involvement with RAIN is a great encouragement in these days of economic challenge.”

—Rev. David Cooper, Regional AIDS Interfaith Network

“Karen Ashmore’s services have been key to our success and expansion. Her grant writing capability has secured us significant grants from two large foundations. She has also established relationships and secured substantial funding from government agencies such as the Department of Public Health. Karen is easy to work with and clues in very quickly to the needs of a particular organization.”

—Bill Michaels, Executive Director, Family Resource Center
Association Inc.

“Thank you so much for your workshop at the Board Retreat. The information and strategies provided were extremely helpful and encouraging, and I like your presentation style. You are a great asset to the YW and a great help to the Board. Besides, I enjoy just being in your company.”

—Jerilyn DeCoteau, Board member, YWCA of Boulder County

Current and Past Clients

  • African American Leadership Institute
  • Big Hair Bigger Dreams
  • Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition
  • Colorado Trust Immigrant and Refugee Initiative
  • Denver Justice Project
  • El Centro Amistad
  • Family Resource Center Association
  • FOKAL Haiti
  • Friends of FOKAL
  • Global Education Fund
  • Island Time Music Festival
  • Jared Polis Foundation
  • Just Global Partners
  • Lambi Fund of Haiti
  • Mujeres Trabajan Unidas
  • Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
  • Parenting Place
  • Patriot Boot Camp
  • ProDev Haiti
  • Regional AIDS Interfaith Network
  • Soul 2 Soul
  • Texans Standing Tall
  • Umoja East Africa Fund
  • Un Mundo Honduras
  • Women Work Together
  • YWCA Boulder County

Our fees are sliding scale based on your organizational budget and length of contract. Click here to see a list of funders from which we have successfully gotten grants.