About Us

Durga Consulting is a local small business with strong roots in the non-profits in metro Atlanta. We bring 20 years of experience working in the non-profit industry and have won over $5 million for our clients. We offer organizations comprehensive strategies and tools to integrate communication and fundraising to increase visibility, resources and revenue.

At Durga Consulting, we pursue strategies that balance revenue streams between government grantors, private foundations and individual donors. A balanced fundraising foundation creates the maximum stability for community-based organizations, especially during difficult economic conditions. We highlight your strengths and help you manage public relations. We help you develop strategies to increase support from existing volunteers and donors. We create effective campaigns to help you engage new donors.

We are your partners in communicating your mission to a wider audience and turning that audience into supporters. We know that a mission driven organization like yours, is uniquely positioned to solicit broadly from both government and private sources.

Satyam Barakoti, Owner

Ms. Barakoti is an integral force behind Durga Consulting. She brings 20 years of experience working with women, immigrant and refugee communities, underserved urban and rural communities. Her strength lies in understanding the mission of your organization and applying that understanding to create compelling narratives that express the need for the programs and pulls at the heart strings.

In addition to fundraising, she has expertise in facilitating community dialogue on bringing diverse groups of interests and people to build coalitions. She has facilitated the establishment of the Georgia Chapter of a reproductive justice organization, refugee women’s groups to create local campaigns and be a part of national women’s rights agenda. She has organized immigrant and refugee communities to create a media campaign to respond to the anti-immigrant media coverage and to put stories that highlight strengths that immigrant and refugee communities bring.

Previous to joining Durga Consulting she has worked with Refugee Women’s Network, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Legal Momentum, Asian and Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Intervention Program (DVRP) in Washington D.C., Janakpur Women’s Development Center (JWDC) and Women’s Foundation of Nepal. She has interned and volunteered with organizations such as Men Stopping Violence’s Because We Have Daughters Campaign, Board Member at Raksha, and volunteer fundraiser with United 4 safety and more.

Satyam has a M.A. in International Development from American University, B.A from University of Maine in Interdisciplinary Studies on Political Science, Sociology and Women Studies.

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Tonja Holder, Owner
Tonja Holder has spent more than 15 years working in university or nonprofit  organizations in addition to five years working in the private sector.  Her experience includes extensive quantitative research and analytical work at the university level.  She has also raised more than $5 million dollars for small community-based nonprofits in the metro Atlanta area.  This fundraising has included successful grant writing for federal, state and county grants, private foundation grants, comprehensive individual fundraising campaigns and special event planning.

Her education and experience include a Ph.D. (ABD) from Emory University in Political Science with an emphasis in civil and human rights and international relations.  She has worked as a community-level organizer and advocate in Georgia,Florida,Michigan and New Hampshire.

Working in and around metro Atlanta for more than 20 years,Tonja has a deep understanding of the nonprofit sector and both public and private funding streams.  She brings a sense of organization and discipline to fundraising which creates reliable revenue streams for small or large organizations year after year.

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Origin of our name, Durga Consulting: Durga is a hindu goddess who is the embodiment of creative, feminine force, shakti, and fierce compassion. In hindu mythologies, she was called upon to fight a demon who no man or god could vanquish alone. She restored balance and harmony in the universe. And, according to Wikipedia, she “manifests fearlessness and patience, and never loses her sense of humor, even during spiritual battles of epic proportion.” If you know Tonja or Satyam, you know patience, fearlessness and sense of humor are the hallmarks of their character!

In all honesty, we do aspire to  help you and your organization achieve the highest potential, bring stability to your organization and enable you to focus and expand your organization’s mission.