About Tess O'Dwyer

Tess O'Dwyer provides management and fundraising counsel to arts, education, and cultural leaders of the nonprofit sector. Her client roster includes New York's premier visual arts organizations--Aperture Foundation, Museum of Arts and Design, National Academy Museum, and Whitney Museum of American Art--as well as the country's finest performing arts companies--American Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz @ Lincoln Center, New York City Opera, and Symphony Space. Tapping her expertise is a wide range of civic, social justice, and education leaders such as Bronx Science, Catholic Charities, Publicolor, Urban Pathways, Worldfund, and WNYC Public Radio. Prior to her consultancy, Tess O'Dwyer served as Vice President for Cultural Affairs and Development at the Americas Society/Council of the Americas, Director of Development at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Associate Director of Individual Giving at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. She has provided fundraising commentary to The New York Times and Bloomberg News and served as a technical reviewer of the "Complete Idiot's Guide to Grant Writing". Her fundraising operations were ranked Top 10 by the Association of Art Museum Directors in a survery of 200 museums nationwide. Of note, her record-breaking galas ranked 1st place in net revenue and Top 10 in style by Bizbash Magazine. With a Masters in English from Rutgers University, Tess O'Dwyer is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Iota, Red Pine Honor Society, and the Salmagundi. Winner of the Columbia University Translation Center Award, she has edited and translated literary works from the Spanish, including the postmodern classics EMPIRE OF DREAMS (Yale University Press) and YO-YO BOING! (AmazonCrossing) by Giannina Braschi and the 19th century Social Realist novel MARTIN RIVAS by Alberto Blest Gana (Oxford University Press). She also served as a co-editor of REVIEW: Literature and Arts of the Americas. Tess O'Dwyer is proud to have served as a Board member of Harvard University's Cultural Agents Initiative, The Evergreen Review, PEN American Center, and Academy of American Poets. For information, email tessodwyer@msn.com or call 917-399-4956. Thank you.

Client Services

Tess O’Dwyer brings to her clients a wealth of tactical and technical expertise in all facets of philanthropic management.  Whether the project is to create a strategic business plan, build a dynamic board of directors, or design a winning capital campaign, she empowers nonprofit leaders to achieve their immediate objectives while positioning the institution for sustainable growth.  Her overarching goal is to deliver the nonprofit’s mission through more impactful ways and to fund the institution in healthier measure to its aspirations.

  • Board Development, Recruitment, & Training
  • Strategic Business Plans
  • Capital & Endowment Campaigns
  • Organizational Assessment
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Program Evaluation & Development
  • Donor Analytics, Wealth Scans, & Prospect Research
  • Major Donor Mapping & Recruitment
  • Special Event Strategies: Gala Planning
  • Case for Support
  • Interim Direction (during high profile vacancies)
  • Staff Recruitment & Onsite Training

For information on client services, email tessodwyer@msn.com or call 917-399-4956. Thank you.

 

 

 

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Client Roster

Tess O’Dwyer’s client roster includes the nation’s leading art museums, symphony orchestras, performing arts centers, civic and social justice agencies, plus innovators in public radio and education.

 

  • Africa Center
  • American Symphony Orchestra
  • Aperture Foundation
  • Bronx Science
  • Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York
  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • Film Society of Lincoln Center
  • Food Bank for New York City
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • Museum of Arts and Design
  • National Academy
  • New York City Opera
  • Publicolor
  • Symphony Space
  • Urban Pathways
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • WNYC Public Radio

 

For information, please email tessodwyer@msn.com or call 917-399-4956.

 

 

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For information, email tessodwyer@msn.com or call 917-399-4956.

About Tess O’Dwyer

Tess O’Dwyer provides management and fundraising counsel to arts, culture, and social justice leaders of the nonprofit sector.  Her client roster includes the premier visual arts organizations of New York City, such as Aperture Foundation, Museum of Arts and Design, National Academy Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art–as well as the country’s finest performing arts companies, including Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York City Opera, American Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony Space.  Her expertise is tapped by a range of social justice, public education, and civic leaders spanning Catholic Charities, Food Bank for New York City, Bronx Science, Publicolor, Worldfund, and WNYC Public Radio. Prior to her consultancy, she served as Vice President for Cultural Affairs at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas, Director of Development at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Associate Director of Individual Giving at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.  She has provided fundraising commentary to The New York Times and Bloomberg Financial News and served as a technical reviewer of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grant Writing.  Her fundraising operations were ranked Top 10 by the Association of Art Museum Directors in a survey of 200+ museums nationwide. Of note, her galas ranked 1st place in net revenue and Top 10 in style by Bizbash Magazine.

With a Masters in Literature from Rutgers University, Tess O’Dwyer is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Sigma Iota, Red Pine Honor Society, and the Salmagundi. She was a co-editor of REVIEW:  Literature and Arts of the Americas and a winner of the Columbia University Translation Center Award.  She has edited and translated classics in World Literature for Oxford University Press, Yale University Press, and AmazonCrossing. Her books in translation include Empire of Dreams and Yo-Yo Boing! by Giannina Braschi and Martin Rivas by Alberto Blest Gana.  Tess is proud to have served as a Board member of Harvard University’s Cultural Agents Initiative, Evergreen Review, PEN American Center, and Academy of American Poets.

Please contact: tessodwyer@msn.com