Our History

Saad&Shaw provides clients with a unique brand of fundraising that combines marketing, corporate partnerships, and the best of business leadership with fundraising fundamentals. The firm is known for designing innovative fundraising programs that increase revenue, strengthen partnerships, and provide value to all parties.

Core services include campaign research, planning, design, and implementation. Clients include colleges and universities, health care institutions, grassroots groups, and philanthropy organizations.

The concepts and strategies employed by Saad&Shaw are based on the 50 years combined experience of principals Melvin and Pearl Shaw, authors of The Fundraiser’s Guide to Soliciting Gifts, and Prerequisites for Fundraising Success, and The Grand Experiment as well as the nationally syndicated weekly column and blog FUNdraising Good Times. In 2008 the Ford Foundation asked Mel and Pearl to share their unique brand of fundraising with social justice foundations from around the world at a conference held in Cartagena, Columbia, in South America.

Together Pearl and Mel have created Saad&Shaw, one of the most experienced, innovative, and creative powerhouse partnerships in fundraising consultancy today.