Client Feedback

"Janet Ray is an exceptional facilitator. We have used her for our board retreat now two years in a row. Last year one of our board members said, "I'm not going to another retreat again unless Janet is the facilitator!" So of course, we hired her for the second year. She makes it fun while getting the job done."

" ...In my experience, I have rarely encountered a consultant who combined enthusiasm and professional competence so effectively. Indeed, I am filled with admiration at your ability to organize such a vast amount of material and communicate it so engagingly."

Dr. Martin M. Herman


Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue

"After working with Janet and her team to develop a strategic and fundraising plan, we now have a clear road map for our organization's future that has energized and given focus to our board and staff."

Carl W. Goines
Executive Director & Founder
555 Nonprofit Gallery and Studios

"My meeting with Janet was extraordinary! She is all of the things that the group said - and more. She listens with kindness and doesn't insert her ego into the work that she does. Her focus, during our entire meeting, was on the needs of the Jewish Gay Network of Michigan and how to create sustainability through fund development and program development. I left that meeting feeling that I had more than a consultant - I had a partner in process"

- Judy Lewis, Executive Director, Jewish Gay Network

"Janet Ray has a combination of many years of experience and community-based work with research, which makes her team uniquely qualified to work with schools and non profits. Few consultants offer both."

Sharlanda Buckman
Executive Director
Detroit Parent Network

Janet Ray and her team have provided a burst of energy and can-do-ism to Living Arts' fund development activities. Janet's personal commitment to Detroit youth and community combined with her passion for fund development and organizational development makes her a positive force for change.

- Cara Graninger, Executive Director, Living Arts

Janet and her team helped our organization to successfully implement a new approach to our annual fundraising event. Throughout the planning process, she helped us remain focused. The event enabled us to attract many first-time donors to our organization.

Lisa Goldstein
Executive Director
Southwest Detroit Environment Vision

Clarity to know. Boldness to act. Strength to implement. Joy to fulfill.

Effective Consulting for Faith-Based, Community, Charitable, Business & Educational Ventures.

Mission Lift, previously Janet Ray & Associates, provides capacity building services such as fund development, strategic or business plans, program evaluation, and back office financial and administrative services, so you can focus on your mission. We pride ourselves in exemplary products, reasonable fees, a strong work ethic, and mission-driven outcomes.

As a former Executive Director of nonprofits, Janet saw the need for a variety of short-term, critical services that were beyond the scope, area of expertise, or financial or time constraints of many non-profits and small businesses. Since inception, we have provided a wide range of successful services to Michigan and international area clients such as ACCESS, People's Community Services, Wise Steward Ministries, Detroit Parent Network, Bromberg Translations, Detroit Public Schools, The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue, community centers , and many other nonprofit organizations. We have done work with international efforts including Capuchin Corps in Nicaragua, Clean Water for the World and Center for Interchange and Solidarity in El Salvador, and the Democratic Youth Association in Ukraine. Organizations looking for reasonably priced assistance with planning their fund development, creating a strategic or business plan, grant writing, program evaluation, or administrative assistance need look no further. Review our available services, reasonable fees, and strong work ethic and then contact us. Whatever your unique needs may be, our top-notch consultants creatively help move your organization to a new level of quality and achievement.