Bob Serow has spent his entire career working to further the missions of nonprofit organizations through advancing their capacity in governance and fundraising. He is founder and principal of the firm RLS Consulting and also serves as consultant for the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.
Through experiences gained in his career, Bob provides counsel in the areas of capacity building, fundraising, governance, leadership development and organizational management. Specialized areas include capital campaigns, organizational assessments, major and planned gift strategies, case development, new donor development, strategic business plans, board retreats, executive coaching, and staff mentoring. Further, Bob may serve as interim senior-level manager for clients during periods of staffing transition.
Prior to founding RLS Consulting, Bob served as chief development officer for a number of distinguished institutions, including Yale-New Haven Hospital, New York University Hospitals, Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network, American Heart Association Heritage Affiliate, Hospital for Joint Diseases, Calvary Hospital and the Community Renewal Team (of Greater Hartford).
Bob is a highly regarded teacher, having presented on a myriad of topics at national, regional and local conferences. He has also served as adjunct faculty at University of New Haven.
Bob’s career is distinguished by leadership in Association of Fund Raising Professionals (AFP), where he has held both National and Chapter leadership positions. Of note, Bob served on the boards of National AFP and the National AFP Foundation for Philanthropy, was president of AFP Greater New York Chapter and chaired Fund Raising Day in New York, the nation’s largest and premier single day conference for fund raising professionals.