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International Fundraising Services

Prospect Research | Funding Strategy | Grant Writing

What is Hilo?

Spanish for thread, hilo is the fiber that secures two pieces together. Our aim is to be that thread for you. Helping your organization connect with foundations and secure the funding you need to bring your projects to life.

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Prospect Research

  • Conduct prospect research to identify grant opportunities in real time.

  • Provide clients with viable prospects for immediate and long-term cultivation.

Cultivation Tools

  • Develop communications tools to strategically cultivate foundation prospects.

  • Guide outreach to strengthen relationships between grant seekers and grantmakers.

Funding Strategy

  • Create short-term and long-term funding strategies for specific projects.

  • Leverage existing and potential funding commitments to secure grants.

LOIs & Grant Proposals

  • Develop content for letters of inquiry (LOIs) and grant proposals.

  • Conduct independent research for statistical support to strengthen the case for funding.

Hello, and welcome to Hilo Consulting!

With over ten years of experience working in international development that spans three continents, our qualifications extend far beyond our professional experience. We are passionate individuals and active listeners who understand the complexities of fundraising on an international level. Most importantly, we want to help.


"Joanna from Hilo Consulting is amazing!  She found and secured the perfect grant from The Pollination Project to develop my social enterprise, Edén.  Joanna writes in a way that is friendly, yet compelling; she translated the soul of our project into written form. She wrote our grant proposal in an exciting, inspiring, and authoritative manner while keeping the content informative and succinct. Joanna was extremely professional and communicative with me throughout the grant process. She works quickly, reliably, and efficiently. She was an amazing asset to our project! I cannot thank her enough for her work and impact. I fully recommend Hilo Consulting."

Annie Jameson, Co-Founder, Edén Por Salud


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