I was incredibly overwhelmed by the idea of our organization hosting our first ever gala. It had to be a smashing success, but I knew the incredible amount of work that would go into ensuring that this one evening was a flawless triumph, and not the colossal belly flop that any rookie non-profit fears. Enter Julie Helmes and DSC. The team’s can-do attitude, genuine presence, superior organization, and their ability to drive planning and execute all key aspects of this event were exactly what we needed to succeed. DSC demonstrated the finesse and experience necessary to encourage sponsorship from new donors, exhibited grace under pressure, and showed the innovation needed to make our event not only successful, but extraordinary! In fact, the feedback was so strong that our second gala is already on the books! I look so forward to working with the team again, and building on the experience that DSC so expertly guided us through.
— Sarah Morrison, Executive Director, QCARE
We would strongly recommend Julie Helmes and Development Strategy Consultants. Working with Julie was a pleasure as she is a true professional. Super responsible, organized, responsive and creative. She oversaw a large project for our organization and owned every part of it. The time leverage for us was extremely helpful, but more importantly her experience was invaluable for our organization. We will continue to work with Development Strategy Consultants and Julie for years to come!
— - Phil and Tamar Koosed, Founders of Save the Syrian Children
DSC has played a pivotal role in helping Youth Enrichment Services (YES) grow its fundraising revenue and establish a major gifts program. Their expertise in individual donors, major gifts, and relationship-building has been instrumental in helping YES not only reach - but surpass - its annual fundraising goals. Specifically, the team has played a key role with regards to strategically expanding the organization’s leadership, growing its individual donor base, stewarding mid-level donors into major donors, and preparing the organization for its first capital campaign.

YES is pleased to recommend the DSC team to other nonprofit organizations seeking these services.
— Jamie Burch, Director of Development, Youth Enrichment Services
It was a joy working with DSC on the gala. Throughout the process it was, efficient, creative, flexible and FUN - we could not have asked for a more positive experience. YES is so fortunate to have DSC’s passion and commitment to the organization!
— Wendi and Mark McKenna (Head of Global Marketing, Putnam Investments), Gala Co-Chairs and Board Members of YES
Development Strategy Consultants’ hands-on approach has provided critical fundraising support from spearheading the launch of our capital campaign to managing the project timeline and metrics necessary for success. The team is both professional and a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend their services!
— David Fitzgerald (Executive VP, CBRE), Chairman of Franconia Ski Club
Julie is an assertive organized professional who joined our start-up environment to help lead our outreach for new development opportunities. We have appreciated her as a flexible team member during SIRUM’s transitional phase.
— - Kiah Williams, Co-founder and Director, SIRUM
It’s hard to believe that the Lyle Lovett concert was three weeks ago. I want to thank the DSC team for the great work organizing the event. People are still raving about the food, the reception, Hillary Reynolds, and of course, Lyle.

The team was fun to work with and full of good energy! Thinking about all that was accomplished puts me in awe.
— Jerry Wedge, Executive Director, Umbrella Community Arts

Wendy Jacobs brings many things to the table as a development consultant, but what stands out is her unique balance of creative strategic thinking and hands-on implementation. Furthermore, Wendy helped me, the new development director, to successfully transition into my new position during my first year on the job.
— Emily Smaldon, Director of Development, Heading Home
I do not know where I would be today without Wendy’s guidance and mentorship in my fundraising career. In addition, the direction and expertise she brought to Heading Home’s Development shop transformed private fundraising for years to come.
— Maeve Bacon, Development Associate, Heading Home
Wendy is the ultimate fund raising professional. I credit her with bringing Heading Home’s fundraising from the minor to the major leagues. She recruited, trained and mentored the most successful and professional fundraising team we have had in our 40 year history. She significantly upgraded the quality and effectiveness of all of our printed and electronic materials, as well as all fundraising vehicles. Importantly, she instilled a culture of donor cultivation throughout the organization. As a result, our private fundraising nearly doubled and our spring gala has become one of the most anticipated and well attended events of the year.
— Tom Lorello, Exective Director, Heading Home

Julie Helmes helped lead our team in both Public Relations and event planning, playing a vital role in its success. Julie supported the board, connecting with each member, learning the group dynamics, and identifying areas for strategic improvement. She always made a conscious effort to plan, manage and complete every task...all while smiling. Julie helped improve the efficiency of the board’s public outreach, increased attendance of our annual fundraiser by 24% and streamlined the auction bid process, increasing annual revenue by 30%.
— Tom DiPrima, President Northern LA Board, The Painted Turtle
Having spent decades in both motorsports promotion and in all aspects of road cycling from racing and the organization to charity events, I have never experienced the level of caring, cooperation, and a true Esprit de Corps as the years I spent with Julie Helmes promoting the Tour de Turtle. She was able to work across all levels of competitors and donors for the greatest “bang for the buck” while always keeping the true benefactors (the kids) in mind.
— Marshall Perkins, Marina Graphics
Julie Helmes is a dream to work with it. We had the lovely opportunity to coordinate several major events with Julie and while the parties she had herd were like cats; she did with grace and dignity. She was on time and on budget. She was the perfect person to do our event and I would have her do many more.
— Kent Seton, Esq., Seton & Associates, PLC
Julie Helmes always brings a smile to face, even in the heat of production. She is always super accommodating and makes hard work a fun and rewarding experience.
— Kevin Duncan, Seed Entertainment
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— Hope K.