Clients & Testimonials

Consulting Clients

  • The College of New Rochelle
  • Drew University
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Mercy College
  • The National Arts Club
  • Oneida Indian Nation/Oneida Nation Foundation
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • Sesame Workshop (Sesame Street)
  • The Trust for Public Land
  • Wildlife Conservation Society

Coaching Clients

  • Phyllis Dunlop, Non-Profit Fundraising
  • Elizabeth M. Plaushin, Manhattan College
  • Diane Stirling, Communications/PR
  • Adah Sylvan, ADL
  • James Woods-Corwin, Student Affairs/Higher Educatin

“I worked with Karen at for over 3 years, most notably on two major federal grants totaling $14 million. Karen was an active collaborator, solid team player and wonderful writer who fostered relationships, found solutions, saw the big picture but never forgot the details. She is trustworthy, dependable, patient and personable. Her record of success speaks for itself!”

Ana Fontoura, Dean of Mother Irene Gill Library, The College of New Rochelle

“I hired Karen to conduct a benchmarking survey for LLS’s major gifts program. She followed instructions, offered ideas, and executed the project on schedule in an organized manner. Her ability to listen and elicit information yielded valuable insights, and her collaborative nature and sense of humor made her a delight to work with. Karen’s talents as a consultant would be an asset to any nonprofit.”

Richard Schneyer, Writer and Philanthropy Consultant, Major/Planned Giving (former Vice President of Development, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)

“During the eight years in which Karen consulted with the Foundation, she kept us focused on high-level, strategic issues; enabled us to gain visibility for the Oneida Nation’s philanthropic contributions to the community; and consistently brought knowledge, integrity and a sense of humor to the grant-making process. Karen is the consummate professional, and I hope to have the opportunity to work with her again in the future.”

Peter R. Golia, Ph.D., President of PRG Consult LLC (former Senior Vice President, Oneida Indian Nation)

“Karen worked with us at the Rubin Museum for eight months to cover a senior vacancy on the Institutional Giving team. Karen has excellent instincts and is quickly able to troubleshoot and develop fundraising strategies by asking thoughtful questions and working closely with staff across the organization. She’s the kind of person you want in the trenches with you – calm, collected, and organized with a terrific sense of humor.”

Nicole Kotzen, Associate Director of Institutional Giving, StoryCorps (former Manager of Institutional Giving, Rubin Museum)

“Karen consulted with Sesame Workshop as an Interim Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations and on special projects. She is a strategic thinker, an excellent writer and editor, a good communicator, and extremely organized. She developed close working relationships with program and development staff, plus she has a good sense of humor. It was great to have Karen on our team, and I would hire her again.”

Jaime Greenberg, Chief Development Officer, StoryCorps (former Vice President, Philanthropic Development, Sesame Workshop)

“I do count my lucky stars that you have been with us through thick and thin to guide us through troubled waters. You are fair, smart and strategic, always looking out for TPL’s interests.”

Rose Harvey, former Senior Vice President & Urban Director, The Trust for Public Land

“At the Wildlife Conservation Society, I brought Karen Caruso in to provide interim support for our Major Gifts department while the Director’s position was vacant. During her eight months with us, Karen managed roughly $1.3 million in asks to our Trustees, Advisors, and other major donors for general operating support. In sum, Karen saved our bacon at WCS and provided professional, thoughtful, competent help in getting through a big load of work.”

Jennifer Herring, President, Jennifer E. Herring Consulting (former Senior Vice President for Development & Membership, Wildlife Conservation Society)

“While advising me on my job search, Karen enabled me to put my needs first, and did not allow me to compromise on my objectives. She helped me clarify my thinking and not lose sight of my value in the marketplace. Thanks to her guidance, I found a position that is perfect for me.”

Phyllis Dunlop, Non-Profit Fundraising Professional

“Karen Caruso’s career coaching is A+! I sought Karen’s expertise as a coach and mentor for my career transition. What blew me away was her ability to condense a voluminous amount of information for my résumé into a succinct, yet powerful, format. I am equally impressed with her integrity, transparency, and veracity in her approach to positioning a candidate. I highly recommend Karen for all your career transition needs since I successfully changed careers due to her advice.”

Elizabeth M. Plaushin, Director of Planned Giving, Manhattan College

“I hired Karen to coach me through a job search and change. The best part of working with Karen was the sense I gained that I had real worth. Karen gave me the confidence to put myself out there and land a job that better suited me. Karen’s coaching was instrumental in helping me gear up for and transition into what has been a very positive career change.”

Diane Stirling, Communications Manager, Magazine Editor, Business/Tech/PR Writer

“It had been six years since my last career move, and I was having trouble getting started. Karen made it all very doable. She raised my sights in terms of what to aim for and what I was worth. She enabled me to break the process down into concrete and actionable tasks, and supported me every step of the way. The words which best describe what I got from Karen’s career coaching are encouragement and empowerment.”

Adah Sylvan, Director of Stewardship, ADL

“Karen provided me with direction as well as techniques and ideas specific to my job search. She kept me on track and enabled me to maintain a positive mindset during my search. She also helped me to see possibilities I would have previously overlooked. Karen was an integral part of my job search.”

James Woods-Corwin, Student Affairs/Higher Education Professional