S+R Consulting translates information and ideas into action and results.
Truly personalized and highly professional services, proven development expertise, and collaborative and strategic planning — this is what we bring to each and every one of our client engagements.
We draw on our respective 20-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 put a premium on collaborating closely with our clients and on strengthening internal fundraising capacity. Our goal is to leave you and your team more confident about your fundraising skills, potential and operations so you can keep moving forward after our engagement ends.
Just as importantly, we help remove fundraising from its silo and integrate it throughout your organization: programs, communications, governance and management. This is key to fundraising success.
We share with all our clients a passion and a commitment to making our world a better place. It keeps us inspired us every day and is at the heart of effective fundraising.
STRATEGY + HANDS-ON IMPLEMENTATIONWe 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 increased development outcomes for every organization with which we have been involved.
S+R Consulting provides comprehensive services, including:
- Fundraising Assessments
- Creation of Results-Oriented Development Plans
- Creation of 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
We are fortunate to have been involved with organizations that address a wide range of critical issues, such as workforce development, economic policy, children and youth, health care, the environment, international development, citizen engagement, and economic, social, and racial justice. Our clients typically have annual budgets of $500,000 to $10 million, though we’ve worked with both larger and smaller sized groups.
- Advancement Project
- Alliance for Aging Research
- Alliance for Justice
- Campaign for America’s Future
- Campaign for the Fair Sentencing for Youth
- Center for Responsive Politics
- Congressional Management Foundation
- Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism
- DC Greenworks
- Direct Care Alliance
- Economic Policy Institute
- First Focus
- Illinois Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Children
- Insight Center for Community Economic Development
- Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
- Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
- Massachusetts Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
- National Center for Healthy Housing
- National Consumers League
- National Conversation on Climate Action
- National Labor College
- Public Campaign
- Society for Neuroscience
- Spastic Paraplegia Foundation
- U.S. Coalition for Child Survival
- Weizmann Institute of Science
- Women’s Media Center
- The Workforce Alliance
Summary Bios of the PrincipalsBefore 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 Principal
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.
Diane Schwartz Principal
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.