Nonprofit organizations turn to Dwyer Philanthropy for:

Greater urgency and focus

Make your team more efficient and effective while adding value to the organization.

Expert oversight

Executive coaching for your leadership, board members, and staff.

Systems and measurement

Processes and protocols to work smarter and measure progress.

Fast and lasting results

See a difference quickly and enjoy sustained positive impact.

“Sheila makes connections that move
dreams, needs, and goals to reality.”

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You’re committed to a cause. We’re committed to you.

Fundraising comes with the territory in the nonprofit world. But the skills and passion you have for your mission don’t always translate into the steady stream of donations needed to support it. Creating a systematic development platform takes specialized skills and expertise, not to mention time and focus.

Dwyer Philanthropy empowers nonprofits by building and strengthening development programs to raise funds more effectively. We start with analytical and systematic methods to create the footings of your fundraising strategic plan. Then we build an organizational protocol emphasizing the “art” of donor-centered strategies. Finally, we ensure lasting results by empowering leadership, board members, and staff with the coaching, direction, and skills needed to support and sustain the momentum.

When you work with us, you can expect:

A customized and collaborative process

Creative, measurable, sustainable solutions

True passion for making a difference

Genuine care, dignity, and respect

Our Leadership

Sheila Dwyer Schwartz

Founder and Principal

Sheila Dwyer Schwartz, CFRE, provides expert guidance to nonprofits looking to assess and improve their internal fundraising and capital development platforms…

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Michelle Schwartz
Client Services Manager

Michelle brings to Dwyer Philanthropy expertise in event marketing and conference management…

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Michael D. Rubin, CFRE
Senior Consultant

Michael Rubin, CFRE, is a savvy, experienced fundraising professional and executive with 35 years of experience in the non-profit sector…

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Dwyer Philanthropy is a full-service consulting, fundraising and development firm with specialized expertise in:


  • Annual Program Development
  • Campaign Feasibility & Planning Studies
  • Campaign planning and implementation
  • CASE for Support Development
  • CEO/Leadership training in fund development
  • Donor capacity assessment and analysis
  • Executive leadership and board fundraising coaching
  • Executive and Staff Recruitment
  • Grant Writing
  • Grant Review & Assessment
  • In-depth data base analysis in support of fundraising planning
  • Interim Staffing Solutions & Services
  • Major Donor Strategy Development
  • Planned Giving Programming
  • Program Development
  • Prospect identification
  • Team Assessment & Development
  • Volunteer & Board Development

Public Speaking

  • Trends in Philanthropy
  • Catalytic Philanthropy
  • Major Donor Cultivation

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Our Satisfied Clients Include

Dwyer Philanthropy is a full-service consulting, fundraising and development firm with specialized expertise in:


We call on deep experience across a wide range of industries. Then we combine time-tested techniques with modern methods and technologies to help you build a development platform that is effective and relevant. Sheila combines keen objectivity with a deep personal understanding of the inner workings of philanthropic organizations. Before starting her own company, she led internal corporate teams on both system-wide programs and numerous project campaigns, including:

  • ProMedica Health System
  • Fostoria Community Hospital
  • Opportunity International
  • Kaitlyn’s Cottage
  • Ebeid Hospice
  • Falzone Diabetes Center
  • Herrick Medical Center
  • Hickman Cancer Centers
  • Flower Hospital
  • Toledo Children’s Hospital
  • Toledo Hospital
  • Bixby Medical Center
  • Lenawee Christian School


“Sheila Schwartz is nothing short of amazing. She helped us organize a capital campaign with a target almost double what we thought we could do. From engaging the right group of volunteers to researching the right “ask” she led us to results beyond anything we had previously achieved. Combining the art and science of philanthropy she showed us how to engage new donors and challenge established donors to give at a whole new level. I never thought fundraising could be fun but she won’t allow it to be anything else. Her experience, her energy, her enthusiasm are unequalled. I am daily grateful that chance caused our paths to cross and that she agreed to help us.”

Betty Holland, Sunshine Executive Director
“Sheila Schwartz’s expertise was invaluable in our capital campaign. In addition to her extensive knowledge and network of contacts, she is an excellent strategist, helping us plan the best way to approach each possible supporter and make decisions that are donor-centric, not transactional. She is always personable and professional, and in addition to her own skills when making an ask, she has helped us prepare our own staff and volunteers for future asks, setting us up for long-term success.”
Jere Righter Croswell, Artistic Director
“When a non-profit in the Arts decided to run a capital campaign of $6.2 million dollars in a small county in Michigan most people were questioning our sanity. As campaign chair I knew that we needed a person with the drive and professionalism to tackle this monumental task. Sheila guided us from the ground up by helping us structure and organize for success.

I have dealt with consultants in the past but never have I worked with one that is as diligent as Sheila. She has kept us focused on the end success and has injected an infectious positive energy to our quest. Her knowledge of fundraising is unsurpassed with the nuances of such things as “personal touches” and building the strategy for the sustainability of the organization once the campaign is completed.

The most important aspect of Sheila’s work is that she takes full ownership of the task. I am pleased that we will not only make our goal but exceed the quest. This could not happen without the guidance and energy of a true and trusted professional, Sheila Schwartz.”

Emory Schmidt, Campaign Chair and President of the Croswell Opera House Adrian Michigan
“Recommending my colleague and friend Sheila is an easy thing. After 18 years of working together in a variety of capacities, through hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants entrusted to her, I find her a consummate professional. Sheila is talented and tireless, focused and results-oriented, with the value-added qualities of charm and true concern for others in all proposals, negotiations and circumstances. Her ability to present a case, answer questions and concerns and always recognizing needs on each side, has allowed her to consistently bring funding to projects entrusted to her. Sheila makes connections that move dreams, needs, and goals to reality.”
Maria Miceli Dotterweich, Executive Director of Weatherwax Foundation
“I encountered Sheila Schwartz several years ago when she was head of philanthropy for ProMedica Health System. I worked with her to raise funds for the building of Kaitlyn’s Cottage. I would not have taken the leap of faith for this project without her upbeat, always positive attitude and her ability to get results! And get results she did! It was an amazing journey made smooth and simple with her hand at the helm. We exceeded our expectations and were able to complete our building phase in less than a year. She will not only give you 110% of her talents, but she will give her heart as well.”
Sharon Farrell, Community Philanthropist & Founder of Kaitlyn’s Cottage
“Dynamic. Energetic. Vibrant. These are all qualities that describe a professional who is highly motivated and driven to be successful. Sheila Schwartz understands the desire of both the philanthropist and the recipient. Sheila is a skilled cialis en france fundraiser; she is resourceful, thorough, and personable with a plethora of experiences from her extensive career. Sheila is a leader, a team builder and team player who has achieved so much to benefit so many. Her efforts are endless.”
Jim & Pam Van Doren Lenawee, Economic Development Corporation and Sage Foundation

Strategic Alliances

Dedicated to leveraging the strengths of other organizations and their areas of expertise, we regularly work with these strategic partners to provide the highest quality work in every facet of your program.

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