Annual Program Development
Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies
Campaign Planning and Implementation
CASE for Support Development
Donor Capacity Assessment and Analysis
Executive Leadership and Board Fundraising Coaching
Interim Staffing Solutions
Private Family Foundation Planning
- Health Care
- Arts and Culture
- Executive Coaching
- Human Services
- Faith Based
- Private Family Foundations
Trends in Philanthropy
Major Donor Cultivation
What NOT to do in Fundraising
When you work with us, you can expect:
A customized and collaborative process
Creative, measurable, and sustainable solutions
True passion for making a difference
Genuine care, dignity, and respect
Sheila Dwyer Schwartz, CFRE
Founder and Principal
Sheila provides expert guidance to nonprofits looking to assess and improve their internal fundraising and capital development platforms. After serving extensively within a multi-billion dollar healthcare organization, and overseeing the development team at an international microfinance organization, Sheila formed Dwyer Philanthropy to help empower more organizations to further their respective missions. Throughout 36 years of service and commitment to the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, Sheila has maintained a track record of strong success. As Chief Philanthropic Officer for Opportunity International with broad responsibility and oversight of 25 fundraising professionals, Sheila and her team raised annual contributions of $24 million dollars, a 25% increase year-over-year. She served as the Chief Philanthropic Officer for ProMedica beginning in 2008 with her ProMedica career spanning nearly 20 years. She transformed individual development offices into a system-wide philanthropic program including fourteen hospitals, a Women’s Philanthropy Council, a Physician Philanthropy Council, and corporate and planned giving programs. Sheila’s leadership developed a fully integrated fundraising model and led to completing 14 project campaigns, significantly increasing donor involvement and philanthropic support, heading a team of nearly 30 fundraising professionals and support staff to build a world-class fundraising platform. She was an Athena Award Recipient in 2005. Most recently, Sheila was awarded the YWCA Milestones Award for outstanding accomplishments and contributions in Northwest Ohio in the area of Business in 2017. A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 1996, Sheila’s education also includes a B.A. of Human Services from Siena Heights University and a Master of Arts (ABT) in Guidance and Counseling from Siena Heights University. Sheila has served and led numerous nonprofit boards over her span of 36 years.
Client Services Manager
Michelle brings to Dwyer Philanthropy expertise in event marketing and conference management. Michelle works on the Development team in one of Chicago’s oldest independent schools where she coordinates their many Alumni gatherings and supports the organization’s annual fundraising events. Prior to that she’s worked in program management at nonprofits like the American Diabetes Association and the Center on Halsted. Michelle earned a Masters of Social Work in Nonprofit Management from Loyola University Chicago and a B.A. in Communications from Michigan State University.
Daniel Dwyer Schwartz
Daniel is a dynamic communicator with experience in contract and client management both in the nonprofit and for-profit world. Daniel is a full-time graduate student studying project management. Prior, Daniel has worked in the Aerospace Industry in both contract management and additive business. He also has experience working with multiple non-profits in various fundraising campaigns both domestic and international. Daniel is currently attaining his Masters of Science in Project Management from Northeastern University and previously attended Xavier University for his Bachelors in public relations and strategic communication.
"Successful fundraising goes beyond simply locating individuals with financial means. Sheila guided my team in crafting a robust campaign plan, steered its strategic implementation, and assisted in prioritizing our action steps. Along the way, we leveraged her connections with top-tier professional and creative collaborators, ensuring our small team had the resources needed to succeed."
University of Olivet