About Presence&Company

Our Mission

To deliver impactful fundraising stories into the hands of every nonprofit we meet.

Presence&Company opens doors for nonprofits to create more impact. We re-energize your fundraising approach with strong case statements and foundational funding strategies. It is our goal that every nonprofit we meet understands how to effectively share its story to establish funding for years to come.

We are a development agency that helps your nonprofit establish it’s PRESENCE in the way your organization represents its work and communicates that to the world. What follows is an abundance of COMPANY in the volunteers, donors and supporters that enable your cause to thrive.


Our Character …

   Amiable      Sincere       Diligent      Generous      Gentle      Reliable   

I’m your go-to gal for professional and persuasive story-telling skills to boost your nonprofit’s fundraising and grant strategy. I want you to fall in love with the way I write your story, and I want your donors to fall head-over-heels with your cause. I aim to be a trustworthy, effective and valuable support system for your organization, and here’s why … 

Frozen. On a mattress, on a hospital room floor, I sat staring at my then just days old daughter, born 4 weeks early. I hoped desperately that this premature life would be perfectly healthy, while worrying about trouble looming elsewhere in my family. Two days later, my 3-year-old nephew was diagnosed with Stage 4 Neuroblastoma. Cancer.

In that moment, the fragility of life grew so obvious. I felt something was out of alignment, but struggled to find the courage to understand why. I remember as a little girl spending hours creating novels, etching adventures page after page into piles of notebooks. As I grew up, this passion led me to pursue a degree in journalism. Then, I worked at a variety of newspapers – freelance and full-time, traditional and online.

At the time, I owner a digital marketing firm, but I wasn’t creating any of the copy for our clients. I had stopped writing.

After my daughter was born and my nephew diagnosed, I created a regular routine of writing again. I connected with a pediatric cancer nonprofit and volunteered to help the organization better write its story. I started freelance gigs, with one nonprofit after another. Story after inspiring story came to the surface.

I went on like that for a few years, by day feeling stuck as the owner of a digital marketing firm not aligned with my dreams, and by night pursuing my passion to tell impactful stories. In 2018, I launched Presence&Company Creative Agency and soon after I sold my marketing firm.

Now, I embrace my own purpose: to make a difference for organizations through my storytelling and writing talents. I truly want to make a difference for your organization, and compelling writing is my way to do that. I would love to learn more about your story, and look forward to sharing your purpose.


Lyssa Schmidt


Lyssa Schmidt

Founder | Writer | Presence&Company

I am a purpose-driven entrepreneur with 15 years experience in communications, ranging from journalism and PR to marketing. I have a true passion for writing compelling stories, encouraging community around ideas and seeing others reach their potential.

Imagination is central to my life. I find true joy in taking the ordinary and extracting its extravagance. Like uncovering the magic ingredient of a recipe. With this as my foundation, I aim to inspire purpose for those I serve.

I am a creative mother + wife obsessed with my hand dug backyard beach and amateur latte art skills.

A purposeful presence is of utmost importance to creating good, in a variety of ways:

Present: in the way we must strategize and create to present a story.

Presence: in the way that we are purposefully present and active in the impact we create and the story we tell about it.

Presents: in the way we use our altruistic values through philanthropy & positive impact.

& Company isn’t just an add-on. This piece is important in the way we nurture meaningful relationships – to keep us company and drive our impact.