About Us

Our Mission

We collaborate with nonprofits to fuel their work and advance their missions through grant writing, research, and customized strategies.

Our Vision

RIC envisions a world where nonprofits have access to resources to meet the needs of the communities they serve and nurture a just, equitable society.

Our Results

We’ve raised $103 million since our launch in 2015. In 2022, we raised $27.8 million for an ROI of $67.50 raised for every dollar of revenue.

Who We Are

Resurgens Impact Consulting is a grant consulting firm founded in 2015. We work with nonprofits to fuel direct services, capacity building, and systemic change through grant writing and grant research. We are based in Atlanta, Georgia but we serve nonprofits across the United States.

Our Values-Driven Approach

Empowering collaboration

Advancing equity and justice

Advocating for nonprofits

Acting with integrity

Passion for the work

Working with a Grant Consultant

RIC helps take work off the staff’s plates and frees time to be more strategic. We can work quicker and more effectively because we are experts and pay for tools like Foundation Directory Online’s Professional account so we can improve performance.

Grant funding success is frequently based on relationships. Finding and writing the grant is half the battle – that’s the part where we are experts, and this frees up clients’ time and energy to invest in relationships.

However, we can never guarantee success because we don’t make funding decisions. Funders can decide to give to their friend’s organizations, spread out funding geographically, or make other choices that can exclude applicants through no fault of their own.

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Betty Barnard

Betty believes that nonprofits can and do change the world. She specializes in creating and supporting growth of sustainable, smart, innovative organizations and programs. Betty loves securing grant funds for programs that help people meet their needs and thrive. She is a graduate of The University of Georgia’s Master’s of Nonprofit Organizations and Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate programs. She has experience in fundraising and grantsmanship with private foundations, corporate sponsors, and federal program offices. Betty has helped clients net nearly $63 million in federal grants and private foundation funds to date as of November 2020. Betty has a Grant Professional Certified (GPC) credential from the Grant Professionals Certification Institute. She is a member of the Grant Professionals Association and currently serves as the Vice President of the Georgia Chapter. 

Shari Williams

Shari believes in the power of words and stories to bring about social change. She is passionate about work that supports women and children, and channels that passion into securing grant funds for social service agencies. She earned a master’s degree in Human Services Administration and has experience in writing and managing grants from private funders, corporate sponsors, and government agencies. Shari lives in Hawaiʻi and is a member of the Grant Professionals Association. 

Niki Lemeshka

With more than 20 years of experience in direct client advocacy and program management in the nonprofit and government sectors, Niki is a “people person” with a passion for using her skills in relationship building to enhance the coordinated community response to social justice issues. She possesses demonstrated expertise in grants management and administration, and her communication skills allow her to maximize contact with clients and manage deadlines effectively. Niki holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Georgia, a Master of Public Administration from Columbus State University, and a Certified Public Manager (CPM) credential from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. When she is not working, Niki enjoys rooting for the Boston Red Sox and other lost causes.

Dr. Amy Drews

After a successful career in journalism, Dr. Amy followed her passion to work in the nonprofit sector. She has more than a decade of grant writing experience, working alongside social service organizations to create stronger families and communities. She draws on her previous experience as a reporter while performing in-depth research for clients, matching them with like-minded funders, and writing compelling proposals. She enjoys building relationships with funders to help nonprofits reach their goals and reporting on their impact through storytelling. Based in Nashville, she earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Information from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Christine Pickering

Christine strives to help nonprofit organizations thrive as they pursue equity in housing, healthcare, education, infrastructure, and economic opportunity. Christine graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Communications and has significant experience procuring grants from private and community foundations, as well as corporate and government sources. She is a member of the Grant Professionals Association and considers herself a “life-long learner,” consistently seeking out opportunities to expand her knowledge base and bring new insights to her work. She enjoys connecting clients with funding partners that share their vision and is passionate about crafting proposals that convey each client’s unique story. 

Jo-ann Lawrence


Jo-ann Lawrence is a non-profit professional with experience in the theatre, ballet, museums as well as healthcare, foster care, early education and disability services.  Her expertise lies in grant writing, grants training, grant making, annual funds, board management, strategic planning, capital campaigns and program creation/management.  Among many other positions and projects, she has managed two African-American historical theatres, run a city wide arts education program, managed a healthcare grant making program and created programming for youth in foster care.  She graduated from Butler University with a B.S. in Arts Administration and Columbia College Chicago with a M.A. in Performing Arts Management.  

Michele Banks

Michele Banks has experienced multi million dollar success in non-profit, government and foundation grants and funding leadership roles. With an MBA in Leadership Development, Banks has dedicated 20+ years in community outreach, program management and comprehensive fund development. Her focus is on the intersectionality of education, health, housing, justice and economic development in local communities. Banks believes, collective action, impact design and diversified funding strategies are necessary to improve human services outcomes across sectors. Her testimony before US Congress on behalf of formerly incarcerated men and women is the highlight of policy and system impact Banks has accomplished alongside the community.