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Grant Writer, Nonprofit Consultant, Researcher, Nonprofit Resource Development Services

Success is achieved when you learn how to serve others.

Brandi Rae Hicks

Brandi Rae Hicks is a nonprofit navigator with more than 20 years of professional nonprofit experience. She is the Founder and Professor at Serve University (known as, SERVE-U) a virtual campus providing education and training to nonprofit leaders, communitarians, and people who want to learn how to serve their communities more abundantly. Her institute of learning promotes academic advancement for nonprofit organizations, it's leaders, and volunteers.

Brandi Rae is a Grant Writer and Nonprofit Consultant for public

charities, government entities, private foundations, school districts,

and philanthropists. Her nonprofit consulting firm has secured and

managed over $1 Billion in major gifts, grants, and community assets. She has spearheaded projects for United Way of Greater Atlanta, City of Atlanta Parks and Recreation, Atlanta Mission, National Center for Civil and Human Rights, and Open Hand Atlanta. Brandi Rae has federal grant writing experience as the Grant Writer for Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and Atlanta Technical College. Brandi Rae has also managed initiatives for private family foundations professional athletes, celebrities and entertainers. Her nonprofit resource development firm’s most recent professional accomplishment was securing the $11.5M Department of Education grant for Morehouse College and submitting the Georgia Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant for Ivy Preparatory Academy at Kirkwood for Girls.

Brandi Rae has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from the University of Cincinnati and received both her Master Business Administration (Marketing) and Master Public Administration (Nonprofit Management) from Keller Graduate School of Management. Currently, she is a Doctor of Education candidate at Northeastern University (Organizational Leadership). Brandi Rae is a published author of “10 Things You Need to Complete Your College Application” and is the Executive Director of College Clinic helping students and their families transition into college and beyond.

Brandi Rae currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, and will meet your nonprofit needs anywhere in the world.

I am a nonprofit leader too, and I know what it means to be in constant action in seeking financial support and managing a team of resource development professionals that are the operating engine of your nonprofit. It is my goal to help nonprofit leaders build capacity by raising more money and awareness than they've ever done before. 

Hello Community!

My name is Brandi Rae Hicks and I am a grant writer and nonprofit consultant with more than twenty years of experience. I run a nonprofit resource development firm called, SERVE University (affectionately known as, SERVE-U) for leaders who want to learn how to serve in their communities more abundantly. 

With every project I serve, I connect with leaders who strive to build impactful programs, reach fundraising goals, and maximize your nonprofit's potential.

I’m looking to support nonprofits that want to go to the next level and need the right tools and resources to continue the great work of giving back to our most deserving neighbors.


Who do you know in the community that I can help their nonprofits serve more abundantly?

I've met so many nonprofit leaders who were serving alone.

My purpose also kept me up many of sleepless night struggling trying to figure out pay for all it all.

I've created a private Facebook Group to help nonprofit leaders convert your passion for giving back into profits that pay it forward. It's a community of nonprofit leaders that are in their neighbors serving


We share nonprofit nuggets, celebrate your services to others, and we can even review your grant before submission.

Let's serve, together!

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