Unparalleled Change Agent
Susan’s influence as an innovator and an inclusive change agent in the field is unparalleled. She is a professional who is deeply impassioned about and committed to work on behalf of the common good. Susan was extremely influential in my personal evolution as a donor and board member.
–Henry A.J. Ramos, Principal at Mauer Kunst Consulting
Under Susan’s efforts, JFCS East Bay has beautiful and thoughtful new branding, a functional, inspiring and compelling web site, engaging videos and a new tag line that touches everyone who encounters it: Compassion in Action, Commitment to All.
–Joel ben Izzy, Storyteller, Author & Story Consultant;
JFCS East Bay, VP Board of Directors
Building Community...the very essence of Susan
Building Community, diversity and equity, and ending racial discrimination, are just words to some, and rhetoric to most. But these concepts embody the very essence of Susan.
– Patti Chang, CEO, Feed the Hunger Foundation
A Leader's Dream Come True
Working with Susan is every leader's dream come true. She has an extraordinary gift for communication, whether through the written word or coaching leaders through their biggest challenges. Susan has that rare ability to work at both the individual and organizational scale and exceed expectations every time.
– Rayona Sharpnack, Institute for Women's Leadership
A Seasoned Professional of the Highest Caliber
Susan brought to our work a deep understanding of true social justice. She has an innate ability to deliver a mission-focused message whether in a fund raising appeal, in a communications campaign or face-to-face with donors or partners. Susan integrates the communications and the development functions seamlessly and has a clear understanding of the importance of communications in supporting the fund raising efforts of an organization. She built strong and lasting relationships that inspired donors to give . . . and they are still asking about her. Susan brings creativity, integrity and a desire for excellence to anything she becomes a part of. She is a seasoned professional of the highest caliber.
– Judy Patrick, Public Policy Consultant at Equal Rights Advocates;
Former President & CEO, Women’s Foundation of CA
In my 30 plus years serving on nonprofit boards, I have never encountered such a sustained effort to give board members the skills needed to be effective fundraisers. Susan is gracious and persistent in motivating board members to step up to the plate.
–A.N., JFCS East Bay Board Member
Positive Tone, Productive Atmosphere
As a long time philanthropist and donor activist, I rekindled my commitment to and investment in the Women's Foundation of California as a direct result of Susan's leadership there. I trusted and depended on her deep sense of compassion and insistence on meaningful inclusion of all women in every aspect of the foundation's work. Susan's well honed communication skills, knowledge of organizational development and appreciation of human dynamics help create a positive tone and a productive atmosphere that inspires authentic effective relationships in any setting.
– Léonie Walker
Philanthropic Activist; Executive Director,
Laparoscopic Institute for Gynecologic Oncology
Critical Thinker and Visionary
Susan Freundlich is a multi-talented and very effective fundraiser and organizational consultant as well as a critical thinker and visionary. I have always known her to bring her keen insight, experience and her commitment to activism for social justice to her work with donors, foundations, and community-based organizations.
– Paul Kivel, Social Justice Educator;
Community-based Donor Activist, and Writer
A Wealth of Experience and Contacts
During a period when we had very limited internal fund development capacity, Susan drew on a wealth of experience and contacts, and helped cultivate new major donors and expand our network of foundation funders. One of her strengths is that Susan really gets what we do -- what is unique about our particular strategy for working for social justice – and she is highly effective in communicating about it passionately and convincingly, whether on paper, on the phone or in person. She is a terrific thought partner whose perspective I highly respect.
– Debra Chasnoff
President and Senior Producer, Groundspark
Extraordinarily Thoughtful Professional
When Susan served as Director of Advancement for the National Writing Project, we benefitted from her perspective on how to build a sustainable, future-oriented organization that can continue to serve as a support for progressive educators nationwide. She is also an extraordinarily thoughtful professional with deep experience leading and participating in diversity work, coalition-building and political engagement.
–Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Executive Director,
National Writing Project
Trusted, Long Term Strategic Thinker
Susan is a trusted, bold and visionary leader – a long term strategic thinker. – Torie Osborn, Senior Policy Deputy
Office of Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Sets a Standard
Susan is extraordinarily good at what she does. In fact, the sheer quality of her work has set a standard...
– Pete Seeger, Singer/Songwriter