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Our Approach

 

S+R Consulting is a full-service + hands-on development consulting firm. We share with all our clients a passion for making our world a better place.

This passion inspires us every day and is at the heart of effective fundraising.

We know the challenges you face: competing for limited funding, juggling too many priorities, filling a pipeline of solid prospects, strengthening your skills, recruiting top-quality staff, engaging board and staff members in fundraising, and more.

S+R works side-by-side with you to overcome fundraising challenges and move upward.

There is true joy in seeing development done well. Together, let’s produce solutions and uncover new opportunities for success.

 

Services

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Our comprehensive services include:

  • Fundraising Assessments

  • Results-Oriented Development Plans

  • Fundraising Messages + Materials

  • Donor Identification, Cultivation, Solicitation + Stewardship

  • Recruitment, Training + Coaching

  • Special Event Planning + Management

  • Design of Development Systems + Infrastructure

 
 

STRATEGY + HANDS-ON IMPLEMENTATION

We tackle all aspects of fundraising and development, from the “big picture” to daily operations.

A hallmark of our work is our ability to develop strong fundraising plans and execute them efficiently and successfully.
 
We have raised tens of millions of dollars from major donors, foundations, and corporations locally, nationally, and internationally.

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Clients

S+R Consulting is honored to have worked with over 60 organizations on a wide range of crucial issues. These include:

  • Advancement Project

  • American Road

  • AmericaSpeaks

  • American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition

  • Alliance for Aging Research

  • Alliance for Justice

  • Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking

  • California Budget & Policy Center

  • Campaign for America’s Future

  • Campaign for the Fair Sentencing for Youth

  • Campaign Legal Center

  • Center for Community Progress

  • Center for International Environmental Law

  • Center for Law and Social Policy

  • Center for Public Integrity

  • Center for Responsive Politics

  • Central Baltimore Partnership

  • Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

  • Congressional Management Foundation

  • Constitutional Accountability Center

  • Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism

  • District Alliance for Safe Housing

  • DC Greenworks

  • DC Fiscal Policy Institute

  • Developing Radio Partners

  • Direct Care Alliance

  • Economic Policy Institute

  • Fight Colorectal Cancer

  • First Focus

  • Friends of the Earth

  • Global Biological Standards Institute

  • Global Integrity

  • Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy

  • Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children

  • Insight Center for Community Economic Development

  • Institute for Women's Policy Research

  • International Youth Alliance for Family Planning

  • Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies

  • Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy

  • Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

  • Literacy Partners

  • Maine Center for Economic Policy

  • Marie Stopes International-US

  • Massachusetts Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

  • National Center for Healthy Housing

  • National Consumers League

  • National Conversation on Climate Action

  • National Labor College

  • National Skills Coalition

  • National Veterans Legal Services Program

  • New England Center for Investigative Reporting

  • Open Sky Institute (NE)

  • Oregon Center for Public Policy

  • Public Assets Institute (VT)

  • Public Campaign

  • SANDEE

  • School-Based Health Alliance

  • Society for Neuroscience

  • Spastic Paraplegia Foundation

  • U.S. Coalition for Child Survival

  • Weizmann Institute of Science

  • Women's Media Center

  • The Workforce Alliance

PRINCIPALS

 

EDIT REIZES - Co-Founder

Edit Reizes, a development professional with 25 years of marked accomplishments, provides highly personalized fundraising counsel to nonprofits seeking to improve, diversify, and expand development operations.

Before becoming a consultant, Edit served in executive and senior-level fundraising roles at a wide range of organizations, including the Economic Policy Institute, Weitzman Institute of Science, and Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. Edit has built a strong development skill set that enables her to quickly assess an organization’s opportunities and challenges and help guide that organization to fundraising success. Coupled with strategic “know how,” Edit has been actively involved in – and successful at – securing institutional grants and major donor gifts in the five and six figure range, including endowed and planned gifts. One of her strengths is creating and implementing outreach programs to attract new supporters to organizations. As one example, she launched a program to involve the growing high-tech and bio-tech communities in the Washington, DC, region and revitalized a “Next Generation” outreach and fundraising effort that engaged younger supporters.

After many years “in house,” Edit began consulting in 2007.  She has worked for and consulted to organizations with budgets that range from $500,000 to more than $100 million.

Edit graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a B.S. in Management and Consumer Studies and supportive core work in Public Policy and Administration. She was a founding board member of 4 Montgomery’s Kids. Some of her current community service involvement and volunteering activities include College Gardens Elementary School, Far Post Soccer, Manna Food Center, and Progressive Montgomery. She also serves as a mentor for the 2019-20 Mentor program of the DC Chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals.

DIANE SCHWARTZ - Co-Founder

Diane Schwartz has spent more than 25 years in the nonprofit sector and is skilled in fundraising, management, and governance, as well as project development and management. She draws on her extensive background to work effectively on a wide range of issues and assignments, from the local to the international level. Since becoming an independent consultant in 2006, Diane has drawn on her expertise to advise, assist, and coach nonprofit organizations.

Previously, Diane had responsibility for organizational planning and management, project development and management, and/or fundraising at the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, Economic Policy Institute, Center for Community Change, Family Care International, and the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Revenues increased at each organization during her tenure. Diane also has served as a member of the board of directors for Earth Share, Partners for Development, and GRACE Cares. Prior to entering the nonprofit field, Diane was a project consultant to United Nations agencies, the U.S. Agency for International Development, World Wide Fund for Nature, and other nonprofit organizations, focusing on Latin America and Africa. She also served as a media and communications specialist with local and regional agencies addressing environmental and economic development issues.

Diane holds a B.A. in English from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) and an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University (New York, NY). She lives in Arlington, VA. Diane is active on education and political issues and teaches at a county program for adult English language learners.

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News

July 2019 - The International Youth Alliance for Family Planning engaged S+R Consulting to complete a planning grant proposal. Within a month, they received word that the grant was approved!

April 2019 - S+R is thrilled to be working with New York City-based Literacy Partners as interim chief development officers to advance their fundraising operations .

February 2019 - S+R is honored to be working with United We Dream to provide added capacity for the production of grant proposals and reports.

January 2019 - S+R wishes Kiana Robinson best of luck as she begins her role as Development Associate at the Constitutional Accountability Center. We were able to fill this position for CAC within four weeks.

December 2018 - S+R completed a 13-month engagement serving as interim Chief Development Officers for returning client Campaign Legal Center, exceeding annual revenue projection goals for foundation and individual donors.  

October 2018 -  Kicking off the Center for Law and Social Policy's 50th anniversary, S+R led the effort to craft Case for Support collateral materials through strategy sessions with board and staff, stakeholder interviews, and e-surveys.

May 2018 - Spring kicked off with a three-pronged engagement with the District Alliance for Safe Housing. S+R is proud to be providing hands-on fundraising counsel to raise funds for DC's largest dedicated safe housing provider for survivors and their families escaping domestic or sexual abuse. Additionally, S+R is conducting a development assessment, writing grant proposals and coaching staff and board leadership.

 

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