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Development Strategy Consultants (DSC) was brought-on to lead the fundraising strategy and event planning for QCARE’s first gala. Julie Helmes, served as the project lead managing the event committee, project timeline and tasks, creating and designing event materials, organizing and managing sponsor and invitation outreach, and implementing an online silent auction.

QCARE celebrated its 30th anniversary in the community through it's first ever gala. Quincy After School Child Care is involved with 9 elementary schools and 4 middle schools, serving 425 children every afternoon. Their mission is to provide affordable childcare and enrichment services of the highest quality through innovative and carefully crafted programs that are governed by quality and passionate caregivers.

I was incredibly overwhelmed by the idea of our organization hosting our first ever gala.  Enter Julie Helmes and DSC.  Julie’s can-do attitude, genuine presence, superior organization, and her ability to drive planning and execute all key aspects of this event were exactly what we needed to succeed.  She 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!  I look forward to working with Julie and her team again, and building on the experience that DSC so expertly guided us through.” said Sarah Morrison, QCARE Executive Director


63 Sponsors (for a first time event!)
230+ attendees
$115,000+ raised

The event exceeded the fundraising goal and created a new constituency of individuals and corporations. The organization is now preparing for the 2019 Gala with DSC!

To learn more about QCARE please visit, www.quincyafterschool.org



Located in Quincy, MA, QCARE provides licensed care for school aged children, from kindergarten to thirteen years old. Their set goals are to: 

  • Provide a safe, healthy environment. 
  • Stimulate the child's potential to grow physically, emotionally, culturally, intellectually and socially. 
  • Increase a child's self-awareness, confidence, and self-worth. 
  • Improve communication among family members. 
  • Build interpersonal relationships with peers and adults. 

project scope

Development Strategy Consultants (DSC) was brought-on to help establish a strategic development plan and spearhead its execution. Julie Helmes, served as the project lead managing the fundraising research, outreach, and planning. Additionally, in Fall 2016, she organized and managed the first board-hosted event.

SIRUM saves lives by connecting organizations with surplus medications to patients in need.  SIRUM has redistributed over 2 million pills, enough for over 150,000 patients. Their mission is is to get medication to every person who skips their prescription due to cost.

Julie has been a great addition to the SIRUM family during this transition from ad hoc development/fundraising to building some processes and evaluation to make sure nothing slips through the cracks, and ensuring we tackle development proactively,” said Kiah Williams, SIRUM co-founder.


The organization is now in a position to take their development effort in-house and DSC wishes them continued success.

To learn more about SIRUM please visit, www.sirum.org



Located in Palo Alto, CA SIRUM handles the logistics of medicine donation by matching the needs of clinics with the supply of health facilities. Using an innovative technology platform, SIRUM saves peoples’ lives by allowing health facilities, manufacturers, wholesalers, and pharmacies to donate unused medicine rather than destroy it.


project scope

Development Strategy Consultants’ client Heading Home raised a record-breaking $1.34 million dollars at their gala on May 9, 2017.  Wendy Dodson spearheaded the project and was responsible for all aspects of fundraising including sponsorship and auction, committee management and overseeing the gala planning logistics team.

Now one of Boston’s largest fundraising events, the Housewarming gathered nearly 1,000 business leaders at The Castle in Boston’s Back Bay to network, sample fine food, and help end homelessness locally. The night concluded with a spirited live auction featuring “priceless” donated items including a once-in-a-lifetime road trip with the New England Patriots, which raised more than $100,000. The event’s proceeds directly benefit Heading Home’s programs throughout Greater Boston.


Additional Kudos to the Development Strategy Consultants:

“Thank you and your team for making it so easy, “John Edwards, Event Co-Chair, Breeds Hill Capital.

“Great job, Wendy and thank you for letting me be a part of it!” Jeff Weschler, Event Co-Chair, Tishman Speyer.

To learn more about Heading Home please visit, www.headinghomeinc.org


Over the past 40 years, Heading Home has become the area’s go-to solution provider for homeless families. They have successfully created more than 350 units of housing since 2006, and their emergency shelter and transitional programs are now focused on moving residents to permanent housing as quickly as possible.


project scope

The Umbrella Community Arts Center approached DSC for assistance in accelerating their capital and annual fundraising operations. The project goal is to help Umbrella become the premier arts institution of Greater Boston. Working with the Umbrella Community Arts Center leadership is helping to support the organization’s $15-million capital campaign. To reach this unique goal of broadening the scope and span of the Umbrella Community Arts Center, DSC is working with the center to develop and implement the Umbrella Concert Series that features theater as a musical venue for the greater Boston community. In addition to the capital campaign, DSC’s event planning arm manages the production of the concerts and reception, concert committee, and communications – to increase the Umbrella Community Arts Program public presence and fundraising efforts. The series has welcomed artists Lyle Lovett and Bruce Hornsby and will continue to host national acts through 2017.


To date the campaign has raised an $9 million of the $15 million goal. 

To learn more about the Umbrella concerts series and upcoming arts programs please visit, www.theumbrellaarts.org


Located in Concord, Massachusetts the Umbrella Community Arts Program houses a studio space for more than 50 artists, offers classes and workshops, provides exhibition space, and theater space, all with the explicit goal of enriching and creating a vibrant community through arts education. 



Youth Enrichment Services (YES) provides Boston youth leadership through active, outdoor experiences and adventures providing a holistic program that supports the long-term success of participants in all aspects of their lives including college and career. By engaging youth in challenging, active outdoor experiences, embedded with leadership development programming, YES will develop the next generation of leaders who are prepared to achieve, lead and excel in college, career and life. YES strives to ensure that Boston offers equitable opportunities for youth to have access to challenging active outdoor experiences and leadership development activities regardless of their parents’/guardians’ socio-economic status, familiarity, or level of engagement.

Project Scope

DSC was brought on board in 2013 to help YES accelerate its annual fundraising program. DSC developed a 3-year strategic fundraising plan and helped revamp the organization’s board structure and recruited a fundraising-focused Board of Trustees. In addition, DSC restructured the organization’s annual fundraising gala to fully engage high-level community leaders, created a gala committee, and recruited top community leaders to help with fundraising and work alongside YES staff and board members. Wendy also serves as the YES major gift officer and most recently has been tasked with spearheading the organization’s first capital campaign. 

Additionally, DSC has recruited and managed the real estate committee, and is facilitating the organization’s real estate redevelopment by recruiting Boston’s top real estate leaders, establishing a feasibility study, researching opportunities, and gathering results for the board of directors. 

Project Results

In their second year with YES, DSC help YES increase the gala revenue by 30%, help expanded the Board of Trustees with seven new members - each donating $10,000.

To learn more about Youth Enrichment Services (YES) please visit, http://www.yeskids.org.


Project Scope

FSC contacted DSC to help them develop and implement a capital campaign that would support the infrastructure enhancement necessary to ensure that Mittersill will become a premier destination for competition and instruction for future generations. These capital improvements will include the creation of an alpine training and race venue, a T-Bar lift installation, trail widening, snowmaking, and the addition of a connector trail to Cannon Mountain.

Project Results

DSC developed a layered fundraising strategy that would help Cannon Mountain, FSC, and Mittersill become a premier ski-racing destination. The project goals were to better understand their constituents and identify obstacles or challenges. This identification process helped DSC leverage the client’s current relationships, engage industry influencers in the discussion and development process of the project, and develop a targeted fundraising plan. To date, DSC has helped FSC raise $3 million, (75% of the project goal) and FSC opened the venue in the 2016 season.

To learn more about Mittersill please visit, http://www.franconiaskiclub.com/