The Development Strategy Consultants (DSC) team offers a wide range of nonprofit experience in the areas of strategic development, event planning, fundraising, and board governance. The team both understands fundraising fundamentals and takes a fresh approach to each assignment. The matching of the right skill set to an individual project has a proven history of success, minimizing ramp-up time and training and thereby eliminating the stress often associated with bringing in "outside" support. DSC prides itself on getting to know its nonprofit client and seamlessly becoming a part of the organization with no disruptions - just results. 

DSC dives into a project by asking the right questions to lay the groundwork where strategy and action deliver fundraising results.

Wendy Jacobs

Wendy Jacobs has more than 10 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’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

Julie Helmes has more than 6 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

Della Holmes

Della Holmes is focused on organizational management and provides executive assistant support to projects. After five years as a paralegal, Della has transitioned into the nonprofit sector and has been working with DSC for more than one year. She provides a thorough and detail-oriented approach to every project. 

Della did great work organizing the event. She is fun to work with and full of good energy. People are still raving about the concert.
— Jerry Wedge, Executive Director, Umbrella Community Arts Center