• Longevity: Over a decade in business
  • 14-day 501(c)3 nonprofit status applications
  • On-Site Consultations
  • Board Agreements​ 
  • Timeline for each project
  • Knowledgeable
  • Compassionate
  • Faithful


  1. Grant-Writing
  2. Research & Presentations
  3. Nonprofit Status Applications
  4. Diversity Training
  5. Board Development

Derrick R. Drakeford, Ph.D. /CEO Derrick has served as a faculty member of North Carolina Central University in the Masters in Public Administration Program, and served as the Director of Freshman Studies at Shaw University. He holds a BS in Political Science from Bethune-Cookman College; a Masters in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina's School of Government; a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UNC's School of Social Work; a Certificate in Proposal Writing and Fundraising for Nonprofits from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. Derrick conducted  his doctoral research at UNC-Chapel Hill while serving as an instructor.

Former Mayor Dr. Robert W. Drakeford  Dr. Drakeford formerly served as an Extension Specialist and the Coordinator of the Volunteer Programs and After Schools Programs with the Auburn University Alabama Cooperative Extension System.  Dr. Drakeford received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Quinnipiac College, Hamden, Connecticut, and a Masters of Regional Planning and a Masters in Public Health  from UNC-CH, and a doctorate from  UNC-Greensboro.  He became the 1st African American mayor of Carrboro, NC

Dr. Keenan Grenell is one of the leading speakers who raises the consciousness for strong and visible entrepreneurship, self-determination, diversity and education success. Dr. Grenell is President of Keenan D. Grenell's African-American Entrepreneurship Summit, Inc. 

Dr. Omari Swinton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Howard University. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Florida A & M University a Master of Arts in Economics from Duke University and a PhD in Economics from Duke University.

Dr. Angela Hicks is a coach, trainer and teacher well versed in proposal writing. She has secured over $20,000,000 in contract and grant funds. Dr. Hicks received her doctoral degree in Leadership, Adult and Continuing Education from North Carolina State University, specializing in global education, adult education strategies, training, program development and evaluation. She received her master’s degree in Organizational Development from Bowie State University in Bowie MD and a Liberal Arts degree from University of Maryland, College Park, MD. 

Atty. Marcus Becton has a Masters in Planning Marcus Becton has a 100% success rate on nonprofit status application working for Drakeford, Scott, & Associates L.L.C. since 2003. His undergraduate degree from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in May 2004. He was also enrolled in the joint-degree program where he received a Masters degree in City and Regional Planning. In law school, Marcus gained experience in nonprofit law, and he is fully equipped to aid nonprofits in incorporating, drafting bylaws, applying for 501(c)(3) status, and addressing other legal and financial issues. Marcus has worked at Self-Help Credit Union, the Durham Community Land Trustees, Inc., and the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, which all have a mission to provide affordable housing and economic empowerment to low-income residents.



The Secret of 11 Inches

There is exactly 11 inches which separates the human heart from the brain. In this space is where success and failure are determined. Nonprofits with enlarged hearts can care so much they fall short on Board Development Long-Range Strategic Planning, Diversified Revenue Streams, and Powerful Political Partnerships. Additionally, businesses can focus so much on the bottom line they forget to realize that success is sustained through relationships and individualized customer service. Drakeford, Scott, & Associates L.L.C. aids clients in reaching an effective double bottom line which impacts the community while sustain organizations through revenue development. This is what we call Community-Minded Consulting

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