Services and Specialties

Development Planning

Every team needs a road map, but sometimes it is challenging to stop and make the time to chart the path! If you need to prioritize and analyze your annual fundraising efforts and get your team on track, SWS can help you create a customized plan that works for your organization.

Strategy and Vision Planning

High-functioning teams and organizations are effective at setting a strategic vision and determining how to execute that vision. SWS can provide a fun and interactive experience for your team or Board to help you pull together the next strategic effort, plan or vision for your organization.

Major Gifts and Capital Campaigns

Pulling together a smart and strategic major gifts plan or campaign plan can be daunting! SWS can assist in recommending and executing feasibility studies, wealth screenings, analyzing results, and then building a customized plan that works for your organization.

Event Planning and Execution

Events might be the necessary evil of fundraising, but thoughtful planning and execution are key to making each event a success! Based on years of planning events of all sizes and shapes, SWS can assist in making your next event a smooth, memorable and profitable success.

Donor Portfolio Management

Need an interim major gifts officer or assistance in portfolio management? SWS can assist in finding the best strategy for your team to ensure you reach your donors and prospects.

Team and Leadership Development

Do you need assistance building your team or developing an effective Board? SWS can assist in helping you maximize your leadership potential.

Training Sessions and Speaking

Need coaching or training for your team on a particular topic or overall strategy? SWS can provide fun and effective board, volunteer, staff or one-on-one training sessions to maximize your organization’s potential. Sara Wise is also available for speaking opportunities on fundraising topics and event management.

Meet Sara Wise

Sara B. Wise

Sara B. Wise is an experienced non-profit fundraising professional with a career spanning education, social services and cultural organizations. A summa cum laude graduate of Texas Christian University, Sara began her fundraising career as a student at TCU assisting the Alumni and Advancement offices through the Student Foundation program and as a student employee on the Admissions team. Sara’s 17 years of professional development experience include capital campaign and board support work at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School in Virginia, alumni and annual fund management at the Episcopal School of Dallas, individual giving at the American Red Cross Greater Houston Chapter, and four years managing a donor portfolio, and supervising other programs as a Director of Development at the Houston Zoo. In January 2016, Sara launched her independent consulting business, Sara Wise Strategies, and has worked with over a dozen nonprofit organizations in just over two years to execute overall development strategy and plans, events, data projects, feasibility and campaign work, and more.

In addition to her work, Sara volunteers with the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary, her church home at Strawbridge United Methodist Church, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2016, Sara joined the Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Houston Chapter, chaired the 2017 National Philanthropy Day luncheon, and serves currently as the 2019 Chapter President. She also joined the board of Texas Executive Women in 2019. She lives in the Fall Creek area of Humble and enjoys spending time with her husband, Ken Wise, and her children Sarah Jane and Jackson.

Client Feedback

Sara Wise’s talents and experience propelled our development activity to the level of efficiency and productivity we dreamed of – at a budget we could afford!

Wendy Dawson Executive Director of Social Motion, Inc.

About Sara Wise Strategies

Sara Wise Strategies specializes in fundraising consulting and strategic solutions for non-profit organizations. As President and Founder, Sara Wise provides consulting services to help non-profits realize their missions through smart strategies and straightforward, ethical fundraising. Known for her strong work ethic, strategic approach and tough integrity, Sara works hard to help each client realize the full potential of their fundraising power. Sara also strategically limits her client load to ensure focused and intensive work for each organization, providing streamlined, simple hard work to accomplish each client’s goals. With 15 years of professional experience in the non-profit field, Sara brings a pragmatic, direct approach that also helps organizations establish and promote a culture of philanthropy, which is key to long-term success for every non-profit, and a critical area often overlooked by organizations. Sara strives to truly understand and know the team and culture of every organization she serves, and works hard to customize strategies to fully meet each team’s needs.

Past and Current Clients

  • AFA
  • Aldine Education Foundation
  • Arms Wide Adoption Services
  • Aspiration Foundation
  • Australian American Chamber of Commerce
  • Center for Houston’s Future
  • Covenant Christian School
  • HAAM (Humble Area Assistance Ministries)
  • Houston Area Parkinson Society
  • Hope and Healing Center
  • Hughen Center/Bob Hope Charter School
  • Lone Star Flight Museum
  • Montgomery County Food Bank
  • NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
  • Prevent Blindness and Houston Eye Associates
  • Social Motion Inc.
  • Susan G. Komen Houston
  • The Mercer Society

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