Community Heroes Pricing & FAQs

We help the people that help people!

Community Heroes is a social enterprise program of Dewlyn Nonprofit Services which was created last year to help small nonprofits navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic and position themselves for funding and sustainability. 

Over the last 12 months, more than 2,100 organizations across the country have joined the program. And (collectively) our members have visited our platform over 250,000 times for coaching and training!

Members pay $349.99 to join a nation-wide network of nonprofit leaders who are preparing their organization for nonprofit excellence, sustainability, and funding!  October Special: use code: DISCOUNT499 when you checkout to unlock 6 MONTHS of Academy Membership benefits.  (Your total membership investment will be $499.99 for 6-months). This is a savings of $250!  This offer ends, October 31, 2021.

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Level Price  
Community Hero Lite Free. Select
Academy Member – Pathways $349.99 now.
Membership expires after 12 Weeks.

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Community Heroes Lite

$ Free
  • Communtiy Heroes Newsletter
  • Access to (select) On-Demand Training
  • Free Access to Knowledge Base
  • We'll file your IRS 99N for $45 (50% 0ff)!

Lite Members: Request your IRS 990N filing now! REQUEST

Community Heroes Academy

$ 349
3-Month Access
  • Access to Pathways
  • Community Cafe (LIVE Q&A)
  • Coaching Circles (Qtly Masterclasses)
  • Free Access to LIVE Training Webinars
  • Free Access to ALL On-Demand Training
  • We'll file your IRS 990N for FREE!
  • Free Access to Forms and Templates
  • Free Access to Archive Funding Alerts!
  • Free Access to Knowledge Base
  • Community Heroes Newsletter
  • Discounts on Private Consulting
  • 1 Complementary Consultation with any partner

Academy Membership Includes

Access to Pathways

Pathways an e-learning series designed to guide you in reaching your program goals in 90 days!

Community Cafe

Cafés are virtual gathering where members ask and receive answers to pressing nonprofit questions. 

Coaching Circles

Coaching Circles are quarterly masterclasses to help build or sustain your program.

LIVE Training Webinars

Join the Community Heroes Team and Partners for LIVE training every month at no additional cost.

On-Demand Training

Free access to our entire (ever-growing) catalog of training, anytime/anywhere!

Forms and Templates

Save your mental energy, time, and money – by accessing our list of nonprofit forms and templates!

IRS 990-N Filing

We want ALL nonprofits to be compliant.  Academy Members receive complementary IRS 990N filing!

Monthly Newsletter

The Community Heroes Newsletter offers monthly funding alerts, resources and tips to help you win grants! 

Archived Newsletters

Create your own grant list by reviewing past newsletters  for potential funders that you are mission-aligned with!

Access to Heroes Award

Academy members can apply for our corporate sponsorship of up to $1,000 each quarter. 

Access Experts

We partner with some of the best folks in the industry.  Our partners join us in Cafes to share their knowledge!


Academy Members are simply the best! Join us and access like-minded people who may even become your partners!

Let's Chat

Academy Members

Request a 30 minute (1:1) initial consultation to discuss your organizational goals, direction, or dilemma with one of our partners:  REQUEST

Schedule a 1-hour ongoing consultation at our discounted member rate:  SCHEDULE


Request a 20 minute initial consultation to learn more about Community Heroes Membership: REQUEST

Schedule 1-hour ongoing Consultation at our non-member rate:  SCHEDULE

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

What information is included in the Community Heroes Newsletter

We include grant-writing tips, training alerts, and grant alerts. Community Heroes Newsletters are emailed monthly.  For each grant opportunity, we include the following details (when provided by the funder):

  • The Funder’s name
  • Opportunity deadline
  • Opportunity Amount
  • Funder’s mission or priority causes
  • Where to learn more and apply

Does my Membership include training?

Yes!  Academy members have FREE access to ALL of our on-demand trainings and LIVE weekly training webinars that is offer by the Community Heroes Program. 

Lite members have access to limited On-Demand webinars.  Your webinar selection may change from month to month, but generally always includes

  • What Great Nonprofits Do to Succeed
  • Nonprofit Essentials 101 – What to do in your first 12 months.

What are "Pathways?"

Community Heroes Pathways are connected e-learning webinars and learning materials that allow members to build knowledge progressively for a particular goal. Pathways take the guesswork out of which webinars are best for your goal, and in what order you should view them in.  Best of all, pathways include weekly live coaching and opportunities to network with others as you develop new skills along the way!

Will this membership help me find grants?

Yes! We send monthly grant alerts covering 9 program areas: Animals, Arts and Culture, Community, Education, Environment, Faith-based, Health, Human Services, and Social Justice. 

  • We do not research grants for a specific organization unless we are engaged in proposal writing.
  • Academy members are coached on how to specifically identify mission-aligned funders.

Which Pathways are offered?

  1. NEO (New and Emerging Organizations): This Pathway is recommended for anyone considering starting a nonprofit or for newly formed nonprofits that are under a year old.
  2. P2P (Path to Profit): This Pathway is recommended for nonprofit leaders that are centrally focused on positioning their small to mid-sized organization for funding.
  3. “BEST” (Business Enhancement through Support and Training). This Pathway combines the best of the NEO and P2P Pathways, with a focus on starting, sustaining, and funding a nonprofit.

What type of Forms and Templates are included?

Academy Members have access to forms templates which will save hours of research and writing or paying for these forms online.  The templates are fully customizable. Available templates include:

  • Grant – Proposal Templates
  • Board Documents and Policies
  • Risk Management Policies
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • Volunteer Agreement
  • And sooooo much more!

Can I change my Pathway once I join the Academy?

Yes! You can select any Pathway that you’d like from the Academy Member Center.  

What is the Community Heroes $1,000 Award?

The Heroes Award is a cash sponsorship of up to $1.000 offered every quarter to one of our Academy Members for doing amazing charitable work in their community.  

Will I have access to webinars that aren’t listed on my particular Pathway?

Yes! As an Academy member, you’ll have access to ALL of our On-Demand e-learning webinars and materials. You can access On-Demand webinars anytime, day or night!

The Pathways are just an added benefit that will help you to stay focused on your goal.

Does my membership include private one-on-one consultation?

Memberships do not include free private consultation.  Many times, private consultation involves helping you to identify a plan of action for solving the issue or accomplishing your charitable goal(s).  

  • Academy members can ask questions during our Community Café free of charge.
  • For private one-on-one consultation, Academy members receive a 50% discount off of our current consultation rates.

What discounts are offered to Academy Members?

Academy members receive discounts on our grant-writing, private consultation, IRS 990N Filing and Nonprofit websites.

  • Grant-Writing: $350 off
  • Private Consultation: 50% off
  • IRS 990 Filing: 50% off
  • Nonprofit Websites: $100 off

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Can I cancel my membership?

Yes, though we’re not sure why you would!  You can cancel your membership at any time by contacting  

IMPORTANT: Because we provide Academy members with upfront benefits, there are no refunds issued for Academy membership cancellations – regardless of the date of upgrade or cancellation. You’ll have access to benefits until your paid term is scheduled to end. 

Is it really possible to form my nonprofit in 12 weeks?

Oh yes! When you join the Academy “NEO” Pathway, we’ll show you how!  You’ll learn which documents are needed, and how to complete the IRS 1023 -EZ Streamline Application for Tax Exemption.  You’ll also have access to start-up forms and templates.  Once you form your nonprofit, you’ll submit your application to the IRS.  The IRS will then process your application in 2 to 4 months (average).

Is it really possible to become grant-ready in 90 days?

Yes, definitely!  When you join the Academy, we’ll show you how – step by step! 🙂  Once you are “ready” to apply for funding, you’ll submit applications to mission-aligned funders.  Each funder has their own deadlines and schedules for review.  While there are funders that will review your grant application within 30 days, most funders only review grant applications 2 to 4 times each year.  

Do you offer referral fees?

Yes! We’ll pay you $50 for referring anyone that joins the Academy.  Plus, we’ll give the person that you’re referring a $50 discount off of the normal membership fee.  Please join our affiliate program to get started!

What if I need more time??

No, problem! We understand that time can sometimes elude us all.  If you reach your 12 weeks, and need more time, simply email for a 1-time courtesy extension.

I'm super busy already. Will this membership take a lot of my time?

Not at all!  We’ve designed Pathways to help you stay focused. Our lessons range from 30 minutes to just under 2 hours, and there’s 12 lessons. So, that’s just 1 lesson per week!  Now, if you are an over-achiever, you can literally finish every lesson in 1 to 4 weeks!  

IMPORTANT: The Academy is not a magic elixir.  You (or someone on your team) will have to do the work in order to reap the rewards of funding and sustainability.

Our reviews

"Did you know there is a Community Heroes Academy for nonprofits? They meet you where you are, i.e. start up and anywhere along the spectrum. They also award grants to nonprofits enrolled in the Academy!"
Margaret Edinburgh
Founder & CEO of Yellow Rose Strong Oak Society, Inc.
"Thank you to the Community Heroes Team! I had so many unanswered questions and had no real means of support until I learned about your program. Now, I feel supported and I'm finally getting my organization prepared for funding. You've been a real blessing!"
Queala Fitzgerald
Founder and CEO of From Seeds to Harvest
Every so often, a company comes along and shifts an entire industry. That's exactly what Community Heroes is doing for the US Small Nonprofits. The only thing wrong with the membership is that it is priced much too low!
Mercedes Peguero
Founder and CEO of Guardian Angel Social Service Agency, Inc.
"We are so proud to be a positive resource for this program! Cheryl Smith is a trusted and very talented grant-writer and coach! This organization is the only one that we trust with grant-writing and funding guidance!"
Jeannine Hayden
Executive Director, CASA Paulding
"My first grant and many grants after that was because of this company and the work and ethics that Cheryl Smith brings to the nonprofit sector - specially the small nonprofits. Many blessings to this organization and its leadership!"
V. Stevenson
Founder and Executive Director for the House of Globalization, INc.
"I was hesitate to join at first. I wasn't sure if I had time. I am so glad that I did it away! I engage when I have time. And, EVERY TIME I have a coaching session or view a webinar, I learn something new! I used their LOI template and also received a grant!"
Alecia Washington
Founder and Executive Director for City of Hope Safe Haven, Inc.
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