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Strategic-minded, collaborator, relationship-builder, and steward of 28+ years with a proven ability to spearhead change and lead innovative sustainable fund development plans and organization initiatives. A go-getter.



Dawn Schwartz Consulting                                                                    2019 – Present

Nonprofit Consultant

  • Fund development planning

  • Strategic planning

  • Organization analysis

  • Creator of Yoga4Others fundraisers

  • Social media marketing

Junior Achievement of New Jersey (JANJ), Princeton, NJ                 2004 – 2019

Senior Vice President Development, Communications

  • Developed and executed annual fundraising plans and marketing strategies.

  • Managed a staff of seven and three regional boards, totaled 80+ board members.

  • Led major gifts and capital campaigns.

  • Oversaw multiple A−Thon events, golf outings, the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame™, Women’s Future Leadership Forums, annual appeals, grants, sponsorships, communications and marketing as well as the operation of two capstone programs; JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown®.

  • Played an integral role in the organization’s turnaround.

  • Successfully implemented and surpassed annual goals for 15 consecutive years, far exceeding multi-year strategic plans in the organization’s key performance areas.

  • Responsible for the organization’s print and online marketing, video direction, newsletters, annual reports, public relations, social media, and website.

JCC MetroWest, West Orange, NJ                                                       2002 – 2004

Assistant Development Director

  • Managed major fundraising events and grants.

  • ·Conducted research for and assisted in capital and major gifts campaigns.

Essential Communications, NY, NY                                                       1999 – 2001

Operations Director

  • Managed personnel, marketing, proposals, and client relations. 

  • Developed policies and procedures to increase profitability.  

  • Played an integral role in the organization’s growth.

  • Created outsourcing sub-contractor relationships, and student internship program.

Women’s American ORT, New York, NY                                              1996 – 1999

Regional, Development Director                                             

  • Planned and coordinated national young leadership themed fundraising events.

  • Responsible for the organization’s annual appeals and board meetings.

  • Restructured and increased fundraising event revenue.

Junior Achievement of New York, New York, NY                                1993 – 1996

Director, Development

  • Handled prospecting, grant writing, special event management and assisted in board development
    working directly under the president.

  • Secured first multi-year grant for the new elementary school program.

  • Organized and led foundation executive attended events.


Penn State Executive Programs, University Park, PA – Developing Managerial Effectiveness

Dale Carnegie Institute, NY, NY – Effective Speaking and Human Relations

Arizona State University, Bachelor of Arts Degree, Business Communications

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