We’re here to help you make a difference in the world

Kupala, the Slavic goddess of summer solstice, represents possibility and joy- the same feelings you have when visions turn into reality through grant funding.  We love the parts of nonprofits that many leaders don’t have enough time for: grant research, financial statements, budgets, and more.  We take care of the heavy lifting so you can focus on expanding your impact to make the world a better place.  We identify the most impactful grants, determine a funding strategy, fix financial holes and write compelling grants for you.  You are the changemaker and we are the catalyst to make your dreams happen

Carlie Ransom
Carlie Ransom


After running a successful financial planning business for seven years, and public school and college classrooms for twelve years, Carlie wondered how she could best leverage her background to make the largest impact on environmental and social justice causes.  After interviewing dozens of nonprofits, she determined that funding strategy, confidence in financial systems, and grant writing are the three major pain points for many organizations, which happen to be Carlie’s areas of strength.  


Carlie remembers the joy of writing and winning grants as a science teacher and now loves bringing this joy to others. She loved helping physicians create financial plans, and helping nonprofits with her knack for numbers is even more aligned to her values. As the founder of Kupala Ventures, she now provides funding strategy, financial coaching, and grant writing services to several clients across the country and utilizes her international grant writing collective as needed for grant projects. On the personal side, she loves laughing and playing outdoors with her husband and two boys and dancing with Samba Colorado.  








  • Inclusivity –  We have a deep love of diversity and use that love to serve others and make connections across culture. We strive for justice for all. 
  • Spirit – We approach each day with optimism and take on new challenges with courage. 
  • Wonder – We approach the world with open-mindedness, allowing us to grow and imagine a better society. 



Carlie Ransom


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