"The unique needs of start-up and midsize nonprofits are best met by a boutique consultant firm offering a menu of customizable services."
- Wendy Jacobs DODSON, CO-Founder of Development Strategy Consultants (DSC)

As an organization grows, it will likely require community outreach, an established brand, board development, as well as fundraising and capital campaign implementation. DSC is dedicated to helping nonprofits accomplish their specific goals in all of these areas.  

With over a decade of extensive project experience, DSC has cultivated strong working relationships with a variety of experts who work with nonprofits. This growing network, along with its own members experience in the nonprofit sector, has created a firm dedicated to reducing overhead and eliminating ramp-up time, while maximizing results. At DSC, an experienced project manager ensures all project objectives are met in a timely and efficient manner. This a-la-carte approach allows for maximum flexibility within a project. As a nonprofit’s requirements evolve, DSC works with its clients on defining their requirements for success. 


Wendy Jacobs Dodson has more than 12 years of nonprofit experience as Director of Development for multiple organizations. She has successfully led multiple capital campaigns and managed several boards and committees.

She utilizes her hands-on approach to create successful development strategies for nonprofit organizations in achieving their goals in fundraising, strategic planning and board development.

Her approach strengthens the development capacity and builds a foundation for long-term sustainable growth. Wendy has worked with nonprofit organizations of all types and sizes, ranging from those which provide large disaster relief to small grass-roots and start-ups.

Wendy is not currently taking new clients. Please contact Julie Helmes.


Wendy’s expertise in individual donors, major gifts, and relationship-building has been instrumental in helping YES not only reach - but surpass - its annual fundraising goals. I am pleased to recommend Wendy to other nonprofits.
— Jamie Burch, Director of Development, Youth Enrichment Services

Julie Helmes has more than 7 years of nonprofit development and project management experience. She has led the organization and execution of million-dollar fundraising events, built and managed committees, and created and implemented successful donor cultivation strategies.

Julie offers critical support, creative problem solving and detailed planning where she designs and directs an efficient approach to support clients in achieving their goals. Additionally, she has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Johns Hopkins University.


I have had the lovely opportunity to coordinate several major events and committees with Julie. Her project management is always on time and on budget, and she is a pleasure to work with. I look forward to working with her again.
— Kent Seton, Philanthropy Lawyer, Seton and Associates, PLC