Consultant Bios

Michael EversSusan Caruso GreenCaroline HarrisLinda C. HartleyDavid HindieRona Kluger
Lisa KokNora LapinBarbara LawrenceJeffrey LischinLloyd J. OxfordMeg Riley
Debbie Stinson
Joan SwanPaula Wexler Tarlow

Michael Evers

Michael Evers has over 20 years of experience in fund raising -- with an AAFRC consulting firm, at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center during a $250 million capital campaign and, since 1986, in his own consulting practice. He has managed many types of fund raising programs, including: feasibility studies, capital campaigns in the $500,000 to $5 million range, major gift, direct mail and telemarketing programs. His practice focuses primarily on gifts from individuals -- particularly via peer solicitation. This includes planned gifts and gifts of real estate. He has helped many charities with their first capital campaigns.

Prior to entering the field of fund raising, he worked in the social services, primarily with individuals having mental illness or developmental disabilities -- particularly mental retardation.Michael Evers received a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in 1980 and a Master of Business Administration from Baruch College, C.U.N.Y. in 1991. He is a founding member of the Fund Raising Consultants Network and a consultant in the Foundation Center's First Steps program.

For more information contact Michael Evers at 201-659-5700 or, or visit his website at

Susan Caruso Green
President Resource Development Network, LLC

Susan Caruso-Green has been active in the fields of corporate grantmaking and grantseeking for over 26 years. As the president of the Resource Development Network, a network of consultants who specialize in grant proposal writing for nonprofits in New York and New Jersey, she helps nonprofits raise the funds they need to achieve their missions. Most of her experience in is the areas of youth programs and education.

Ms. Caruso-Green is the former Director of Charitable Contributions for Citigroup's retail banking system and former Executive Director of Cityarts Workshop. She holds an MBA in Marketing from New York University, Stern School of Business. She has served on the Boards of Directors of organizations in New York City and New Jersey, most notably, the Arts and Business Council, the Family Resource Center, and the Corporate Advisory Board of the United Way of Tri-State. She currently is president of the Cranford Fund For Educational Excellence and publisher of the NY & NJ Consultants Directory Online at She is a member of the Foundation Center's Fundraising Consultants Network and the NonProfit Consultants Collaborative. Areas of expertise include adoption, foster care, families affected by HIV/AIDS, children with special needs, membership organizations/federations, education and youth programming in the Latino and Asian American communities.

For more information contact Susan Caruso-Green at (908-272-1209) or by E-mail:

Caroline Harris

Caroline Harris has more than 20 years experience in Arts Administration, Marketing and Communications, and Fundraising and Development and 8 years as a consultant specializing in Research, Grant and Report Writing and Development Consultation for Arts, Education, Environmental and International Health Organizations.

Her areas of expertise include: Prospect research and writing of program and general support proposals for government, corporate and private foundations; Preparation of interim and final reports; Writing, design and production of marketing materials, newsletters; Planning and organization of special events; Long range planning and Board Development.

Recent Clients: Aviation Institute at York College, American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning, Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Foundation Center, Jazz at Woodstock, Meet the Composer, National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped, Pace Energy Project, Putumayo Cross Cultural Initiative, Meet The Composer, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Vocational Foundation, Inc.

For more information contact Caroline Harris by telephone at (845) 255-6702 or E-mail:

Linda C. Hartley, President
Hartley Consulting, Inc.

Founded in 1999 with 25 years of frontline fund-raising experience, Hartley Consulting Inc. provides nonprofits with the development and management tools to build leadership capacity, enhance professional performance, and generate lasting organizational change. Hartley Consulting combines creative problem-solving with the fundamentals of management and fundraising to achieve bottom line results.

Ms. Hartley has 30 years of development experience, working with major New York institutions in higher education, the arts and social services. Her skills encompass management and recruitment, strategic planning, staff and board development, capital campaigns, and major/planned giving, as well as communications, alumni relations, and annual giving. Prior to founding Hartley Consulting she was Vice President for External Affairs at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. She led development/campaign efforts at The Cooper Union, Bard College, Columbia University, and New School University. Earlier, she managed campaign/major gift programs at The New York Public Library and special projects at New York University, where she earned a Masters of Business Administration in 1986. Much earlier, she co-founded The Cutting Edge Theatre.

Her community affiliations include two terms as president of Women in Development, New York. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the New York Women’s Agenda, the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater New York, and the Center of Philanthropy and Fundraising at NYU, where she is also member of the adjunct faculty.

For more information contact Linda Hartley by telephone at (718) 432-1441, or E-mail: Or visit her website at

David Hindie

David Hindie has 17 years of experience as a staff member, board member, teacher and consultant. He began his career on Wall Street as an analyst with JPMorgan & Co. before entering the nonprofit field in 1988. At East Harlem Tutorial Program, he served as Associate Director and Head of Development as the organization grew from a $200,000 annual budget to over $2.3 million and was named Outstanding Service Organization in New York. After 13 years of hands-on experience running a small development office, he became an independent consultant in fundraising, board development and staff recruitment. Other involvements include:

  • teaching at NYU’s Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising
  • serving on a Board and Chairing its Nominating Committee
  • participating as a member of the Foundation Center’s Fundraising Consultants Network; the Coro Foundation’s Leadership New York program; the Association of Fundraising Professionals and several other organizations

He brings his experience as a staff member, board member, and teacher into his consulting, which he does full time. He works independently or with associates he recruits, depending on the size and scope of the assignment.

For more information contact David Hindie by telephone at (718) 387-4030 or E-mail:

Rona Kluger

Rona Kluger consults with foundations, U.S., international and NYC-based non-profit organizations. She specializes in strategic planning, board and organizational development, fundraising (prominently including grantwriting) and program development. She has been an independent consultant for over 20 years, working with, among many others, the Institute of International Education, the New York State Council on the Arts, Girls, Inc., and the Ford, Robert Sterling Clark and Nathan Cummings Foundations.

Before becoming an independent consultant, Ms..Kluger worked for the Ford Foundation as a Program Assistant, and with the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation as a Program Associate .She holds a Masters in Arts from the City University of New York, and is the author (and co-author) of several publications."

For more information contact Rona Kluger by telephone at (212) 608-2705 or E-mail:

Lisa Kok

Lisa Kok is a consultant to non-profit and government organizations specializing in grant writing and program evaluation. Lisa has experience in the public sector, where she worked for the City Comptroller’s Office as a director of Management Audit overseeing city programs such as foster care, special education, environmental protection and economic development. She has over 10 years of experience as an independent consultant conducting research and analysis, writing grant proposals and RFP responses, designing and conducting surveys and researching grant prospects. Her clients have included faith based, HIV/AIDS, child care and workfare organizations, as well as city and state agencies.

For more information contact Lisa Kok by telephone at (212) 737-7663 or E-mail:

Nora Lapin

Nora Lapin has been a consultant to settlement houses, community-based organizations, and other non-profit organizations for the last 15 years--writing grant proposals, responses to RFPs, reports, newsletters, brochures, speeches, annual reports, etc. primarily for settlements, community-based organizations, and other non-profits. She is committed to making New York City a better, more equitable place to live, especially for its poorest residents. Nora's proposals to government agencies, foundations, and corporations have won over $100 million in funding for her clients.

Before becoming a consultant, Nora worked for the City, State, and Federal governments, most recently as a speech writer for the Commissioner of the New York City Human Resources Administration. She is thus knowledgeable about government, HIV/AIDS, employment, immigrant, housing, homeless, health, youth, social welfare, urban, women's, and political issues and uses her wide-ranging knowledge to inform the proposals and other materials she writes. Nora has an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Her journalistic training has enhanced her writing for non-profits because it taught her to ask the right questions of and thus gain important information from her clients which enables her to write accurate, highly effective proposals and other materials.

For more information contact Nora Lapin by telephone at (212) 929-6089 or E-mail:

Barbara Lawrence

Barbara Lawrence has twenty years of experience working in/for the non-profit community.
Services Provided: Foundation and corporate prospect research; Program evaluation; Case building and proposal research; Market resarch; Fund raising infrastructure and planning; Strategic and business planning.

Areas of Expertise: Planning, Strategy; Research. Survey design.
Recent Clients: BoardSource, Filial Piety Society, Victims Information, Bureau of Suffolk, Zeta Phi Beta National Education Foundation, Forums, Institute for Public Policy, Plainfield Public Library, Council for New Jersey Grantmakers.
Other Relevant Information: Senior executive experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations with strong business and planning skills.

For more information contact Barbara Lawrence by telephone at (732) 873-8741 or E-mail :

Jeffrey Lischin

Jeffrey Lischin is a grantwriter and education consultant with extensive charter school experience in many states. He is the former Vice President for Education and Youth Development at the Urban League of Hudson County (NJ). Mr. Lischin has written $10+ million in approved grants over the last three years, has written many approved charter school and YouthBuild applications. Mr. Lischin is a founding member and Treasurer of the Nonprofit Consultants Collaborative, founding Trustee and Treasurer of Intercultural Collaborations Inc., a founding member of the Fundraising Consultants Network, and an Associate of the New Jersey Charter School Resource Center, the Maryland Charter School Network and the NYC Center for Charter School Excellence.

For more information contact Jeffrey Lischin by telephone at (973) 773-1468 or E-mail:

Lloyd J. Oxford, CFRE

As a highly productive servant leader, Lloyd J. Oxford is well versed in many approaches to asset expansion, fundraising and economic development. He is adept at assessing needs and setting priorities, as well as establishing a successful plan of action to accomplish desired organizational goals and objectives. He has several years experience managing asset expansion for city, county and statewide philanthropic and non-profit human service institutions. Mr. Oxford, as Principal of Oxford & Associates, has dedicated his career to enhancing the quality of life of families and urban communities through economic expansion and development. Mr. Oxford is driven by his personal goal of building community assets, ensuring equitable return on fundraising investments and insuring his client’s capacity to become self-sufficient.

Prior to establishing Oxford & Associates, Mr. Oxford was chosen to participate in a two year fellowship with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development as the Economic Development Specialist for the Mid-Atlantic Region. He contributed to enhancing the quality of life for residents of urban centers that resulted in the successful closing of numerous economic development projects throughout the Mid Atlantic Region.

As President/CEO of the Black United Fund of New Jersey, Mr. Oxford increased the overall organizational revenue growth by $11.6 million and enhanced their reinvestment portfolio by $9.2 million. He quadrupled the organization’s donor database, developed and increased the capacity of volunteers statewide, expanded private sector fund raising markets. He planned and successfully convened statewide forums and symposiums on economic development and capacity building.

Having satisfied the requirements of tenure, achievement, education, knowledge and service to the fundraising profession Mr. Oxford, holds a national certificate as a Certified Fund Raising Executive(CFRE) from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. He has also completed Executive Community Education Training courses, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government Harvard University.

For more information contact Lloyd Oxford and Oxford & Associates by telephone at (732) 549-0514 or E-mail associates, or visit his website at:

Meg Riley

Meg Riley has over 20 years experience as a development professional and seven years experience as a fundraising consultant working for a wide range of nonprofit organizations. She is skilled in conducting prospect research and preparing proposals for both public and private funding agencies, and her areas of experience include health care programs and services, social and recreational programs for youths, after school education initiatives, literacy programs for youths and adults, contemporary and media arts programs, and higher education capital and curriculum development projects. She has been successful in assisting client agencies raise major grants from federal and state agencies, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New York State Department of Labor, as well as from major foundations and corporations, such as the Ford Foundation and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. She has taught proposal writing for the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

For more information contact Meg Riley by telephone at (212) 567- 1277, or E-mail:

Debbie Stinson

Debbie Stinson has worked for over 20 years in the nonprofit arena, developing programs for children, youth, and families, including day care, drug treatment, and domestic violence programs. She directed the Center for Youth and Families on Staten Island for 15 years. She has been consulting in the nonprofit world since l999. She develops program policies and procedures, creates budgets and develops program concepts/proposals/program materials

For more information contact Debbie Stinson by E-mail:

Joan Swan

Joan Swan has 30 years experience as Board member, volunteer and staff person; 20 years as development consultant.

Services offered include: Strategic development, research, planning, and implementation; proposal and correspondence, writing; report preparation; coaching and training Boards and staff in allaspects of fundraising; Short- and long-term assignments.

Expertise: capital campaigns, foundation and corporate funding; individual solicitation; Board assessmen tand development; specialization in community based organizations.

Recent Clients: youth development, in school and after school; literacy; low income housing advocacy; nonprofit legal services; landmark preservation; community social services; emergency food/soup kitchens; adult employment.

Training experience with The Grantsmanship Center, The Support Center, The Foundation Center.

For more information contact Joan Swan by telephone at (212) 807-1433 or E-mail:

Paula Wexler Tarlow

Paula Wexler Tarlow is founder and president of TARLOW GROUP LTD. a private consulting firm committed to “solution driven consulting”. Ms. Tarlow has worked with nonprofits, private developers, lenders, institutions and government agencies for over 15 years in a wide variety of real estate driven situations. These have ranged from capital campaigns, project financing, relocations, renovations, facilities management plans to project management. Ms. Tarlow has worked with nonprofits on government and foundation proposals for affordable housing, special needs, medical and social service facilities as well as program proposals. Building sources of earned income for nonprofits has been another specialty of the Tarlow Group through its work with nonprofit and private partnerships. Board development and staff training in development, strategic and change management are part of the services available through the Tarlow Group.

Paula Wexler Tarlow segued from a successful career in real estate development to principal/president of a consulting firm specializing in bringing private sector business skills to nonprofit issues in community development, accessing funds, marketing and public relations. Working primarily with community based organizations and faith based organizations, Mrs. Tarlow seeks to make alliances between public and private interests with those of the nonprofit sector for mutual benefit.

Having lectured at the Foundation Center, New School University, NYU School of Continuing Education, and Cornell University as well as being a past president of the Association of Real Estate Women and its Charitable Fund, Mrs. Tarlow has also served on the Board of Women in Housing and Finance, the National Association of Home Builders Sales & Marketing Council “Experts” Panel and in numerous other industry roles.

For more information contact Paula Wexler Tarlow, President TARLOW GROUP LTD.

“Solution driven consulting” by telephone at (347)374-4524 or, or visit her web site at

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