Edit Reizes + Diane Schwartz launched S+R Consulting in 2010 to provide expert development and fundraising counsel and hands-on services so nonprofits can secure the resources they need to achieve their missions.
We approach every engagement with:
- Strategic thinking that leads to achievable work plans;
- A collaborative touch, working alongside staff, board members and other allies;
- “Roll up your sleeves,” direct fundraising leadership, counsel and support; and
- Highly personalized, attentive service
At S+R Consulting
we “think and do” for
We draw on our respective 25-plus years of experience to ask tough questions about your fundraising programs and goals, so together we can produce solutions to your development challenges and uncover new opportunities. We truly see ourselves as part of your team, asking ourselves: “If we were your development director, what would we do?”
Because we provide a deep bench of strategic fundraising counsel and bring "all hands on deck,” we get more done for you in less time … minus the high administrative costs and bureaucracy of a large-scale consulting firm.
We share with all our clients a passion and a commitment to making our world a better place. It keeps us inspired every day and is at the heart of effective fundraising.
STRATEGY + HANDS-ON IMPLEMENTATION
We have worked on 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 each raised tens of millions of dollars, securing five-, six- and seven-figure gifts from major donors, foundations and corporations here in Washington, DC, nationally and internationally. Clients who work with S+R get true working partners who become invested in their organization and its fundraising success.
S+R Consulting provides comprehensive services, including:
- Fundraising Assessments
- Results-Oriented Development Plans
- Fundraising Messages + Materials
- Donor Identification, Cultivation, Solicitation + Stewardship
- Recruitment, Training + Coaching of Staff, Board and Volunteers
- Special Event Planning + Management
- Design of Development Systems + Infrastructure
S+R Consulting has increased development outcomes for every organization with which we have been involved."
Whether we are securing six- and seven-figure gifts or coaching executive directors and volunteers in “making the ask” themselves, we scale our services to meet your organization’s needs.
NEWS + TESTIMONIALS
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 CLC, 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 that included strategy sessions with board and staff, stakeholder interviews and e-surveys.
May 2018 - Spring kicked off with a three-prong 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.
April 2018 - Excited to have been able to successfully fill CLC's newly created Foundations Position with the hiring of Sehar Razuiddin. Sehar brings strong skills and experiences in development as well as terrific supplemental skills in project management and organizational management.
Our thanks to S+R Consulting both for providing DASH with an invaluable development assessment that wove in practical recommendations and for jumping right in to provide us hands-on fundraising support. We’ve been applying the tools they gave us to strengthen our fundraising capacity and engage our board more deeply in development. Diane and Edit brought such professionalism and dedication and were able to switch gears quickly to accommodate our needs in a way that many consultants don’t.” Koube Ngaaje ~ Executive Director, District Alliance for Safe Housing
I’ve repeatedly benefited from S+R Consulting’s expertise and services. First, when Edit and Diane recruited me for an incredible job opportunity. Then, when I came onboard, it was with a running start – thanks to the development assessment and workplan they had done for the organization. These held great insights and practical recommendations that could be immediately implemented. Their work reflected a deep understanding of development in all its aspects and was tailored to specifically meet the needs of MSI-US. I highly value Edit and Diane’s counsel!
Kim Woodward ~ Director of Individual Giving, Marie Stopes International-USA
Edit and Diane make it their business to go deep with their clients and truly understand their goals and what makes them different. Then they overlay that with a lifetime of experience in fund-raising and non-profits to bring best practice to bear.
Peter Bale ~ Former Chief Executive Officer, Center for Public Integrity
S+R takes development best practices from theory to day-to-day implementation. We are a small organization with few staff. S+R is very responsive, and pitches in with hands on work needed to get the work done.
Rosann Wisman ~ Former Executive Director, Global Biological Standards Institute
SUMMARY BIOS OF THE PRINCIPALS
Before we were consultants, we were you: dedicated professionals working within nonprofit organizations to raise money to advance their missions. In fact, that’s how we met: we were colleagues at the Economic Policy Institute.
Edit Reizes, a development professional with nearly 20 years of marked accomplishments, provides highly personalized fundraising counsel to nonprofits seeking to improve, diversify, and expand development operations.
Edit has had senior staff responsibility for fundraising at a wide range of organizations, including the Economic Policy Institute, Weitzman Institute of Science and Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel. She has been involved in every aspect of development: strategizing, planning, and executing diverse fundraising efforts. 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. Some of her community service involvement and volunteering activities include College Gardens Elementary School, Far Post Soccer, Manna Food Center, and Progressive Montgomery. Edit was a founding board member of 4 Montgomery's Kids.
Diane Schwartz has spent more than 20 years in the nonprofit sector and is experienced 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 has 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 has 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, where she is active on education and economic development issues and serves on school- and county-level committees.
S+R Consulting has worked with organizations that address a wide range of critical issues, such as workforce development, economic policy, children and youth, immigration, health care, the environment, international development, transparency, citizen engagement, and economic, social, and racial justice. Our clients typically have annual budgets of $500,000 to $10 million, though we’ve worked with both larger and smaller sized groups.
- Advancement Project
- American Road
- American Society for Parenteral & Enteral Nutrition
- Alliance for Aging Research
- Alliance for Justice
- Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking
- California Budget & Policy Center
- Campaign for America’s Future
- Campaign for the Fair Sentencing for Youth
- Campaign Legal Center
- Center for Community Progress
- Center for International Environmental Law
- Center for Law and Social Policy
- Center for Public Integrity
- Center for Responsive Politics
- Central Baltimore Partnership
- Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
- Congressional Management Foundation
- Constitutional Accountability Center
- Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism
- District Alliance for Safe Housing
- DC Greenworks
- DC Fiscal Policy Institute
- Developing Radio Partners
- Direct Care Alliance
- Economic Policy Institute
- Fight Colorectal Cancer
- First Focus
- Friends of the Earth
- Global Biological Standards Institute
- Global Integrity
- Idaho Center for Fiscal Policy
- Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children
- Insight Center for Community Economic Development
- Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
- Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
- Kansas Action for Children
- 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
- 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