Project Development and Fundraising: We help determine a project’s costs and match clients with appropriate funders; assist them in funding projects via grant proposals and private requests; and advise clients on capital campaigns.

Copywriting: Award-winning newsletters and annual reports; business and technical documents; press releases; Websites; feature articles; books and textbooks. We also manage communications with subscribers, fans, and political constituencies online.

Government Contracts: We prepare bids for both federal and state RFPs.

Start Here´s clients include: The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation; ESPN; Planet Cancer; The University of Mississippi Foundation; Ship Chandlers Associated LTD; The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation; Stand up to Cancer; CURE; Quest; and more.

Founder

Start Here Founder, Christopher ShultzWhen Christopher Schultz was in college, his mother, executive director of an arts-in-education nonprofit, lost her development director and asked Chris to help. As de facto development director for two months between his freshman and sophomore years, Chris raised nearly $300,000, about ten times the organization’s prior annual budget.

After graduating from Duke, Chris spent four years as a logistics officer in the Navy, learning the ins and outs of government contracts. He lived in New York after the Navy, where he made his living as a writer and editor. In 2002 he moved to Oxford, Miss., where he co-founded Easy Laundry, a laundry and dry-cleaning delivery service. Chris founded Start Here in 2004 after preparing a successful government contract bid worth more than $10 million.

In addition to helming Start Here, Chris has written for The New York TimesEsquireMen´s JournalESPN The MagazineSpinThe New York Sun, and Shenandoah.