About Us

“I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live.”

George Benard Shaw

About Community Heroes

Community Heroes began as a monthly newsletter in 2018, launched under the umbrella of Dewlyn Nonprofit Services to help charitable programs source funding to further their missions.  Today, Community Heroes operates as a social enterprise program with specific objectives to increase social good by helping the people that help people in communities across North America. 
Now, our members receive capacity building articles, funding alerts, access to training, and coaching.  In addition, we now provide funding to advance social good using our monthly Heroes Award. These small awards of up to $1,000 make it possible for small charities, businesses, and social entrepreneurs to achieve their charitable goals in their communities . Want to learn more?  Check out our FAQs.

Call Us: 1 (800) 446-0323

A message  from our CEO, Cheryl Smith —  completely unplugged and unedited for for all of our members (Lite and Academy).  Cheryl shares why she started Community Heroes. 

About us

We provide support for over 3,000 U.S. nonprofits and social entrepreneurs every year!

Cheryl S.

CEO, Grant-Writer, Consultant, and Trainer


Taylor E.

Chief Technology Officer


Michael H.

Web Design and IRS 990N Preparer

Michael S.

Sales and Digital Media


Dr. Janna PhD

Trainer, Consultant, Educator (Washington, D.C.)

Rita S.

Grant-Writer, Researcher, (GA)

Our Advisors


Pauletta R.

Insurance Industry (GA)


Terry H.

Home HealthCare (MI)


Ashley L.

Nonprofit Youth Services (MI)

Sherry D.

University Department Head (GA)

A message from our CEO


This message is from Cheryl Smith, CEO of Dewlyn Nonprofit Services and the Community Heroes Program.  I would like to personally thank you for visiting our website.  A little about me:  I have an unstoppable desire to make a difference in the lives of others – particularly children and families.  My journey began more than 30 years ago, sharing my life with my foster brothers and sisters and working in my mother’s family day care home in Michigan.  There, I learned that everyone has value.  I also learned to invest in children, creating learning opportunities to meet their endless potential.  One of my first “big girl” jobs after college was working as a counselor in a homeless shelter for pregnant teens.  There, I learned to invest in a two-generational approach to supporting families – reducing the obvious challenges associated with trying to impact the child – exclusive of their primary caregiver.  These early experiences have led to a long rich career of service (and gratitude) – both in the profit and nonprofit industries.  I’ve dedicated countless years of passion, ingenuity, and expertise in organizations that move disadvantage populations forward.  I’ve served in entry level positions to Executive Director level positions, including CEO/Owner roles.  My long-standing mission is to help people reach their highest and best potential. Learn more about me here, or on LinkedIn.

If you have questions about any information on this website, please feel free to reach out to me at csmith@dewlyn.com.  I would love to hear from you!

Onward & Upward!

Cheryl Smith

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