Out of the Red, LLC was founded in 2012 with a single mission: to help create a thriving community of nonprofit organizations. We approach each of our clients with fresh eyes to develop customized and unique fund development strategies.
Deborah and Michelle have worked in the nonprofit arena for over 20 years. As fund development tacticians, with a focus on capacity building and long-term sustainability, Out of the Red has partnered with a variety of nonprofits to raise millions of dollars. Contact us today to learn more about our approach -- tailored to meet the specific needs of your organization.
What's Your Story?
Fund Development is about raising awareness and building relationships. It is our mission to tell your story, the stories of those you serve, and to share your vision with those of like minds and passions.
Engaging investors in this economy can be challenging. Out of the Red will work with your organization as you pursue the necessary strategies and funding to achieve your goals and continue the critical role you play in the community.
Out of the Red offers a wide range of fund development services. Whether you are just beginning to embark on a fundraising journey for your organization, or you have a mature fund development system in place, our goal is to support you where you need it most.
Fund development coaching for organization executives, board members, staff, and volunteers
Grant program strategies
Grant readiness assessment
Prospect research and analysis
Grant proposal preparation
Proposal review/critique and editing
Grant progress reports preparation
Capital campaign support
Annual fund planning
Letter, appeal, and donor communication
Corporate and foundation relations consulting
Michelle Karel, co-founder and co-owner of Out of the Red
With deep sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved co-founder, Michelle Karel. Michelle not only contributed to the success of Out of the Red, but also left an indelible mark on the countless nonprofit
organizations she supported through her work.
Rooted in the values of compassion and service, Michelle seamlessly blended professional excellence
with a steadfast Christian faith. As we navigate this profound loss, we take comfort in the knowledge
that she now rests in the arms of our Heavenly Father.
Michelle's legacy lives on in the countless grants secured and lives touched through her work. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to Michelle's family, and we invite our clients and partners to join us in celebrating a life devoted to making a meaningful impact.
In these challenging times, we find strength in our shared commitment to continue the important work
she started at Out of the Red with her dear friend and co-founder, Deborah. Michelle's faith and dedication will forever inspire our mission to empower nonprofits for a brighter future.
Where the Passion Begins
Owner, Grant Strategist, Writer, Consultant, Coach
Grant Strategist and Writer
Grant Strategist and Writer
Grant Strategist, Writer, and Research
What Our Clients Have To Say
We have worked with Out of the Red for the past ten years. Deborah and her team offer impeccable service, attention to detail, and a vast knowledge of the fund development sector. We embarked on a $3 million capital campaign several years ago and actually finished it during the COVID pandemic, exceeding our goal! Deborah's ability to keep us motivated during difficult times was a godsend. Out of the Red continues to write our grants, review appeal letters, and offer sound advice on fund development plans. It is one of the best and most effective partnerships I've enjoyed during my tenure at North Kent Connect.
I have enjoyed working with Deborah over the years. She writes with passion, making our programs come alive on the page. I have admired her commitment to understanding the goals and objectives of Mary Free Bed and am honored to have her represent us through grant writing. Deborah’s experience has been invaluable in managing the grant process and we’ve enjoyed a great deal of success with the grants she has written on our behalf.
Donor Relations Director
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital
The Potter’s House has partnered with Out of the Red in identifying foundations whose interests are compatible with our mission. They are highly skilled in the intricacies of grant writing and the proper procedures in submitting proposals that are particular to each foundation. Through their services, The Potter’s House has been the recipient of numerous grants ranging from $5K to over $1 million.
Superintendent and Co-Founder
The Potter's House