Testimonials

I had the pleasure of working with Jenny during a year when our development department was in transition. I was grateful to have her as a sounding board and a source of keen, strategic thinking about both external fundraising strategy and internal structures and operations.

Jenny is an amazing writer and was able to create concise, compelling proposals for operating grants, as well as tailored asks for funders interested in specific areas of Reeve Foundation research and programming. She also conducted extensive research to uncover new corporate and foundation prospects and made key recommendations about who to meet with, talking points for those meetings, and how to package our grant, sponsorship, and cause-marketing opportunities. In addition to spearheading a number of important projects for us, Jenny helped lay the groundwork for a comprehensive corporate and foundation relations program going forward, which we greatly needed.

Aimee Hunnewell
Vice President, Development
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation

Jenny is a strategic thinker, creative fundraiser and superlative writer. She is highly skilled at finding fundraising solutions for any non-profit. She has helped the NJSO secure a number of government and private grants, led development staff searches that resulted in strong hires, and conducted analyses and made strategy recommendations to improve annual campaign results. Her knowledge and experience around program planning, marketing, and evaluation informed our Education Task Force as we reviewed the goals and direction of our programs.

I would recommend her work without exception.

Nicole Kagan
Vice President of Development
New Jersey Symphony Orchestra

I was fortunate to get Jenny’s name from a colleague who recommended her highly to me. We have since hired her for multiple projects, and we plan to keep hiring her. The Transit Museum has a small staff, and we need someone who can get up to speed quickly and who can work without a lot of hand-holding. Jenny is not only a quick study who asks great questions, but she offers valuable insight into how funders think, what they’re looking for in a proposal, and ways to strengthen a case for funding. Her grant writing background spans many of the areas relevant to the Museum’s work: arts & culture, science & technology, after-school programming, and outreach and services to marginalized populations.

I also appreciate that beyond writing compelling grants, Jenny applies her experience as a generalist in nonprofit management and fundraising to help her clients strengthen strategies, systems, and programs to advance their goals and fulfill their mission.

Marcia Ely
Assistant Director
New York Transit Museum

I have hired Jenny to work with me at two national non-profit organizations I have led, as well as enlisted her as a community volunteer for local NJ causes I care about. We first worked together on a business plan, and Jenny was able to quickly synthesize a great deal of information, extract and clearly communicate the key points, strengthen areas of weakness, and craft programmatic, structural, and financial objectives to help advance the organization’s mission.

As fundraising counsel, Jenny has conducted interviews and independent research and immersed herself to fully understand my organization. Her thorough research and accumulated knowledge of grant-making organizations has allowed her to identify likely funding sources for specific projects and programs — with a high degree of success. Jenny has extraordinary communication skills – writing and editing grant proposals, annual fund and major gift appeals, web content, newsletters, and annual reports. She is also strategic and analytical; she has been a gem with preparing and reviewing budgets, and making recommendations to better present them to grant-making organizations.

Jenny is a trusted and treasured colleague.

Barbara Heisler
Executive Director
Funding Exchange

We needed to create a grants management structure for our Development Department, and we wanted to bring in someone who was going to do it right. Jenny came in and quickly and accurately assessed our needs, grasped the nuances of our work, and was completely respectful of the organization’s culture. She created intuitive systems and detailed protocols that we could put in place right away, and she made concrete recommendations for building a dynamic institutional giving program going forward.

Jenny also developed a comprehensive training program and provided a “foundation relations 101” course for our junior staff. Jenny brings extensive fundraising experience and a deep understanding of philanthropy, as well as fresh insights, ideas, and a strategic approach to every project she works on.

Betsy Gude
Director of Development
Council on Foreign Relations