Testimonials

 Cathy Davis, Executive Director, Bayview Senior Services“Saad&Shaw offer so much more than just fundraising!”
– Cathy Davis, Executive Director, Bayview Senior Services


Mike Bruns, Founder and President of Comtrak Logistics“Large foundations, governments, and corporate funders can now use Saad&Shaw to help their grantees and partners work more efficiently.”
– Mike Bruns, Founder and President of Comtrak Logistics


Dr. Cynthia Hammond, President, Central State University“What makes Saad&Shaw special is that they truly want their clients to succeed. That’s what drives them, and ultimately what drove us – their genuine desire for our success.”
– Dr. Cynthia Hammond, President, Central State University


Lewis M. Rambo, PhD, Executive Coach, Management Consultant“The big fundraising consulting firms will only offer you something ‘off the rack’ – a one-size-fits-all standard cut. But with Saad&Shaw, you’re going to get something that’s tailored just for you.”
– Lewis M. Rambo, PhD, Executive Coach, Management Consultant


Will Batts, former Executive Director, OUTMemphis“Of the five firms we reached out to, Saad&Shaw were the only ones to come visit us at our office. Mel and Pearl asked us detailed questions about our project. ‘What will this mean? What will this change? What will this do for you? Why is this important?”
– Will Batts, former Executive Director, OUTMemphis


Ruby Bright – Executive Director and COO, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis“Saad&Shaw dare their clients to dream big, and dare them to achieve goals higher than they would have imagined on their own.”
– Ruby Bright – Executive Director and COO, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis


Richard Williams, Publisher, Black Business Ink“Pearl has taken Mel’s genius for fundraising and added her own genius for developing and communicating workable strategies. Together they are able to accomplish quite remarkable things.”
– Richard Williams, Publisher, Black Business Ink


Dr. Logan Hampton, President, Lane College“I love it! …I thank you each. I think you have captured our voice in the document and set us on a path to clearly and succinctly communicate the strategic direction of the “new Lane College.”
– Dr. Logan Hampton, President, Lane College


Carlene Leaper, Executive Director, The Arc Mid-South“Thanks again, you all were terrific!! You made the group think, bond with staff, and realize they have power or know people in power, the same as wealth. After you all left the meeting they were still discussing ways to help make The Arc a household name. The impact of today’s session was what I had anticipated… you inspired, raise a lot of “brow” and more importantly motivated the group. We were there 45 minutes after the workshop ended… they were still discussing. Thanks for your leadership.”
– Carlene Leaper, Executive Director, The Arc Mid-South


David Riemer, Vice President, Destiny Arts Center Board of Directors“You all were there at the beginning to help us think through how to find, fund and build a permanent home for Destiny. You supported us and challenged us to be smarter about achieving this dream… today, Destiny was awarded a $1.3 million dollar grant to pay all of our outstanding debt on the building (mortgage and construction loan) and to fund two critical new programs. This gift is orders-of-magnitude larger than any grant Destiny ever received.”
– David Riemer, Vice President, Destiny Arts Center Board of Directors


Heidi Knochenhauer, M.Ed, Board Member, Memphis Blues Society“WE ARE BEYOND THRILLED!!!  We couldn’t have presented the sponsorship packet without your guidance, training and confidence.  This is the first time I’ve ever presented a sponsorship packet, had a discussion and received a commitment to sponsor in only 30 mins. I’m usually writing grant proposals for 2 weeks straight and never hear anything after submitting for 3 months to a year.”
– Heidi Knochenhauer, M.Ed, Board Member, Memphis Blues Society


Derek L. Toliver, CEO and Executive Director, PACT, Inc., Educational Opportunities Clearinghouse | Founder and Managing Director MediGeneRx“I was thoroughly impressed with your work. Saad&Shaw has placed PACT, Inc. on track to do great things. We have a lot of work in front of us, but the map you laid out is one of the best I have seen anywhere for a legacy organization who must re-brand and re-tool in order to stay competitive and relevant in 2014 and beyond.”
– Derek L. Toliver, CEO and Executive Director, PACT, Inc., Educational Opportunities Clearinghouse | Founder and Managing Director MediGeneRx

 


Dr. Ned Doffoney, Former President, Fresno City College“Saad&Shaw represent focused excellence. They helped Fresno City College raise more than 100 percent of our internal campaign goal.”
– Dr. Ned Doffoney, Former President, Fresno City College


Adrienne Bailey, Former CEO and President, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis“Preparation, preparation, preparation. Mel and Pearl have us busy getting our house in order before we talk with donors.”
– Adrienne Bailey, Former CEO and President, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Memphis


Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., President/CEO, United Way of the Mid-South“They kept asking me ‘What does this mean?’ By the end of our work together I understood why. We now have a case for support that is easy to understand.”
– Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., President/CEO, United Way of the Mid-South


Traci Sampson, President, Consilience Group, Memphis, TN“Mel and Pearl are fantastic collaborators. Our work together on behalf of LeMoyne-Owen College was ‘more than the sum of its parts.’ All parties benefited from the collaboration.”
– Traci Sampson, President, Consilience Group, Memphis, TN


Cassandra Webster, Executive Director, The Memphis Challenge“I am so indebted to you for being the visionary team leaders and your ability to help us see the big picture through a wider lens.”
– Cassandra Webster, Executive Director, The Memphis Challenge


Melanie Messer, Former Associate Director, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center“I am so grateful to have been introduced to the wonderful world of Saad&Shaw a little over two years ago. Thank you for challenging us to think big and go beyond the expected.”
– Melanie Messer, Former Associate Director, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center


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