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Rabinowitz Partners

About

The Rabinowitz Partners team of consultants has been at the forefront of nonprofit leadership for decades.

“With the help of Rabinowitz Partners, we quickly discovered that development is about more than raising money. It is about innovation, knowing your organization and building successful relationships with all your members — the board, current donors and future supporters. Richmond brought this all to ACNJ. With her guidance, we strengthened our organization in several ways: changed our name and look to better reflect our mission; hosted a series of small events to introduce ACNJ to new communities; strengthened board development and almost tripled our base of supporters. And yes — she also succeeded in raising funds from new individual, corporate and foundation donors!”

Cecilia Zalkind
Executive Director
Advocates for Children of New Jersey

We have a comprehensive skill set in management, marketing, communications, development and strategic guidance for established and emerging organizations. We also possess a strong understanding of the elements of successful philanthropy and can strengthen the impact of client giving.

Richmond Rabinowitz

President

Richmond has over 25 years of experience in management for both nonprofit and government organizations. She is a skilled interim executive and consultant. Since opening her own business, she has served as Interim President, Interim Communications Director and Interim Development Director for some of New Jersey’s most esteemed nonprofits. As a consultant, she specializes in working with trustees and executives to advance organizational strategies and solutions while helping keep operations productive and on goal.

Before beginning Rabinowitz Partners, Richmond served as Interim Director and then CEO of Citizens for Better Schools. Prior to that, Richmond was Associate Director of the Partnership for New Jersey, a forum for the chief executives of major corporations and leading nonprofit organizations in the state.

Richmond served as policy coordinator for the Division of Juvenile Services in New Jersey’s corrections system where she additionally had oversight of female programs within the Division. She began her nonprofit career with the Association for Children of New Jersey (now Advocates for Children of NJ), where she was Senior Policy Analyst.

In her non-professional life, Richmond has been an active supporter of the nonprofit community, serving on boards including the Junior League of Montclair Newark, the Human Needs Food Pantry, the Montclair Public Library and Planned Parenthood of Essex County. A graduate of Leadership New Jersey, Richmond was honored for her work on behalf of children by an appointment to the Child Life Protection Commission by both Governors Tom Kean and Jim Florio. She is also the recipient of the Grace Boskey Award for outstanding volunteerism for children.

Email: richmond@rabpartners.com

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Eve Schaenen

Lead Consultant

Eve possesses a deep understanding of communications for mission-based organizations. She has acted not only in leadership roles at nonprofits, but has over 20 years of experience writing and editing for a broad range of organizations ranging from national and international media to community-based nonprofits. She is highly skilled at story development and placement, press relations, as well as the creation of communications and marketing materials to help nonprofit organizations promote their goals and channel their impact as effectively as possible.

After graduating from Harvard University in 1985, Eve travelled as a Fulbright Fellow to Berlin, Germany, where she worked for NBC News covering the fall of the Berlin Wall. Remaining in Berlin for a decade, she went on to write for The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune as well as various national magazines. Eve returned to the United States in 2000, and while acquiring a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, shifted her focus to nonprofit communications and consultancy. In addition, Eve taught writing at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annual Writers Conference.

Prior to joining Rabinowitz Partners, Eve developed communication strategies at the Montclair Public Library, including the conception and execution of a town-wide literacy event for children that attracted over 1000 participants. She also served the Montclair Kimberley Academy, one of the largest independent day schools in New Jersey, helping to oversee the school’s transition to online parent communications. Most recently, she served as Interim Communications Director at Advocates for Children of New Jersey, where she was in charge of publications, media relations, and the public release of that organization’s highly regarded annual reports on children’s welfare and well-being.

Email: eve@rabpartners.com

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Jane Berk

Senior Consultant

Jane is a public relations, marketing and branding expert with over 20 years of experience creating highly effective campaigns for consumer-and cause-related organizations. She has worked both in the higher echelons of the corporate world and at the grass-roots level in small businesses, securing for her clients scores of cover stories in top national magazines (Time, New York Magazine) hundreds of newspaper features (including a front-page New York Times breaking story), dozens of television and radio programs and literally thousands of internet hits, bringing significant awareness and growth to the businesses she serves.

Jane began her career in the music industry, where she was Senior Director of Marketing for Columbia/Sony Music, developing campaigns for some of music’s most influential superstars, including Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello, Mariah Carey, Harry Connick, Jr., Tony Bennett and Willie Nelson. She ended her stint in the music business, ultimately as VP of Marketing for Chrysalis Records/EMI Records, to pursue another passion: protecting the environment. Jane was the Director of Public Relations for the iconic and internationally renowned retailer ABC Home in New York City, helping to launch that company’s pioneering initiative in sustainable retail. During her four years at ABC Home, Jane worked with social and political activists across a broad spectrum of ideologies to create a successful new paradigm in retail — one in which the ABC brand was recognized not only for its singular standards of creativity, but as an important agent promoting positive change through retail. Under Jane’s tenure, the CEO of ABC was named one of the four most important women in the environment by Town & Country magazine, and appeared on the cover of Time’s “Style & Design’s Green Issue” for her leadership in sustainable living. Jane also forged important high-level partnerships for ABC and as a result, ABC became the eco-hub for New York’s first ever Design Week initiative in 2007.

Email: jane@rabpartners.com

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Julie Keenan

Senior Consultant

Julie works with foundations and other organizations on strategy and operations. She currently consults to the City of New York’s Administration for Children’s Services. Other active and recent clients include the Community Foundation of New Jersey, the Victoria Foundation and the Craig School. She directed the Schumann Fund for New Jersey from 1991 to 1997, overseeing grants of roughly $1.5 million per year to organizations, focusing on environmental protection, early childhood education and public policy. Prior to her work at the Schumann Fund, Julie worked for the City of New York’s Human Resources Administration on the design and implementation of welfare reform programs, and for Bain and Company, an international corporate strategy consulting firm.

Julie is currently a trustee of the Newark based Youth Development Clinic, Conservation Resources Incorporated and the Summit Area Public Foundation. She was a founding director of Citizens for Better Schools (NJ), a trustee for the Great Swamp Watershed Association (1997 to 2004), and a trustee for the Nature Conservancy, NJ Chapter (1998 to 2003). She holds a BS from Duke University (1984) and an MBA from Stanford University (1989).

Email: julie@rabpartners.com

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Jeffrey Morrow

Senior Consultant

Jeff’s expertise in financial services is rooted in over 30 years of leadership roles in the banking industry. Strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, corporate giving, risk management, payment systems and government relations — Jeff has decades of experience in virtually every area of financial management, a comprehensive background that informs all his work with nonprofits and philanthropic entities.

After receiving his undergraduate degree from Columbia University and graduate studies at the Wharton school at the University of Pennsylvania, Jeff worked as an officer at the Dollar Bank in Pittsburgh for over 30 years. In that capacity, he was responsible for an annual expense budget of $60 million and an annual capital budget of $10 million. He also served for many years as Chairman of the Board of a joint venture including Dollar Bank, Mellon Bank, Huntington Bank, Fifth Third Bank and US Bank. At retirement, Jeff was elected to the Dollar Bank Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Pension Fund Committee and Corporate Contributions Committee.

In addition to his professional commitments, Jeff has been active in the nonprofit arena not only as his bank’s lead officer on community reinvestment, but also as Chairman of the Board of the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, an institution with an endowment of approximately $50 million, funded by a combination of private contributors, state and local school districts. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh Renaissance and Baroque Society, an organization that presents early music on instruments of the appropriate period. These experiences have given him a deep understanding and appreciation of nonprofits, large and small, and those who work with them.

Email: jeff@rabpartners.com

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Wendy Scharfman

Senior Consultant

Wendy specializes in message development, presentation skills, media training and team building. Her coaching and training help to transform leaders into powerful communicators in order to move their organizations forward. She is the founder of Coaching for Effective Communication, a business she created to help her clients become dynamic, confident speakers who can inspire action by delivering messages that matter. Her clients include The New Jersey Center for Family Success, the Contractors’ Association of Greater New York, Inc. and Trilogy Partners, LLC. She is known for helping her clients create a little magic with their audiences as well and for turning really hard work into fun.

Wendy’s unique background as an educator and actress contribute to her skill as a communication coach. Her 25-year acting career includes a wide range of New York and regional theater roles, film and TV, audio books, voiceovers and documentary narration. She teaches communication skills and advanced acting technique at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia.

Wendy received her B.S. in Education from Wheelock College, her M.S. in Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an M.F.A. in Acting from the Asolo Conservatory.

Email: wendy@rabpartners.com

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