Client Testimonials

“Kara has been a regular workshop leader at Robin Hood in a program focused on helping community organizations cultivate philanthropic and individual gifts.  Her presentations are clear and comprehensive and also exciting and funny.  She rivets on understanding the needs and desires of donors and mastering the ask and has helped dozens of groups make light years of progress. ”

Suzi Epstein, Managing Director; Jobs and Economic Security
Robin Hood Foundation

“We engaged Harvest to help us create a development plan that would help us internally determine where to focus our resources, but also to help us look at our fundraising program and build a plan with specific goals and strategies to help us grow.  We are halfway into our giving year, and our operating revenue for the year is 62% ahead of where we were the same time last year. The Harvest team has helped give us clear path forward to maximize our time, resources, and revenue.”

Meghan, Director of Development
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Baltimore)

“It has been an absolute privilege and a pleasure to work with Kara and Harvest Development over the last several years. She is a consummate professional and a highly-experienced fundraising consultant who provides exceptional, dependable, and honest guidance around fundraising strategy, donor cultivation, event planning and execution, board development, team structure and hiring, and other fundraising-critical skills. She has been an invaluable asset to my organization and to my professional and personal development as well. I trust and respect Kara and value my relationship with her in and out of the office. She always puts her clients’ needs first and is a pure delight.”

Malia Poai, Director of Events
Children’s Aid, NYC

“Kara is that rare master of both practice and strategy.  I don’t make a development move without her counsel; truly an industry pacesetter and so much fun to work with to boot.”

Eric Weingartner, CEO
The Door and Broome Street Academy

“Kara operates confidently at the intersection of experience, innovation, and cool-headedness. Her contribution has been invaluable to our fundraising efforts. And better yet, my blood pressure drops to a manageable level every time we work together.”


Jeff Kubiatowicz, Director of Development
Cristo Rey Boston High School

“Kara’s guidance has helped me to understand the power of relationships and the importance of establishing authentic connections for making positive change in the world. She has provided me with coaching, encouragement, and useful tactics that have taught me how to achieve fundraising success while also fostering a positive development culture in every place I’ve worked.”

Maleka Lawrence