WHO WE ARE

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Stuart  Wachs

Stuart has over 20 years as a senior level executive leading organizations through clear purpose, strategy and direction.

He has proven ability to lead high-performing teams, create and implement on strategic plans, establish and improve brand reputation and recognition, create and support strong organizational culture and a record of successfully accomplishing organizational goals. He is a respected senior leader who has been sought out for leadership roles, conference engagements and as an advisor.


Stuart brings to his consulting role his diverse experience in the for-profit and not-for-profit arenas and strengths in Successful Turn-arounds and Revenue Growth, Organization Merger, Bold Leadership, Organizational Culture – Developing clear purpose, values and the behaviors to drive them, Improving Brand Recognition, Fundraising (Capital, annual, corporate and special project) and operational effectiveness for improved profitability. Stuart has a unique balance of mission focused, purpose driven work with business practice, operations and business development. He successfully turned around 3 long time underperforming organizations. Stuart has presented at national conferences on topics including Organizational Culture, Client/Community Engagement, Driving Exemplary Service, Effective Governance, Building revenue models in non-profits.


Stuart is passionate about helping organizations find their purpose and use that purpose and values to drive everything they do. He thrives on collaborative relationships and helping others. He sees consulting as an opportunity to both share what he has learned over his career, help individuals/organizations achieve their objectives and continue his lifelong learning. Stuart has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and management and has continued his learning
through educational opportunities such as completing Disney University and being selected as one of 160 Execs from around the globe to participate in the Harvard University Strategic Planning and Innovation Program.

building/ capital fundraising campaigns

Our Specialties

Gary Bernstein

In his 30 plus years of outstanding professional service, Gary Bernstein has earned an impressive reputation for executive leadership, fundraising and management. His current activities include his role as President of Bernstein Group & Associates, LLC assisting businesses and agencies nationwide. Gary’s many skills encompass executive management and consulting, strategic planning and facility design, Board and donor development, capital and annual fundraising, as well as sponsorship, marketing and special event coordination.


After a successful career in the nonprofit sector, Gary sought an opportunity to apply the entrepreneurial skills that made him successful at these agencies to start Bernstein Group & Associates. Gary has worked with many organizations throughout the nation to improve their management operations and fund development programs. Gary demonstrates steadfast leadership during times of change and growth. His expert guidance has helped his clients prosper. Gary is an ethical leader and experienced problem solver who is well respected by community and business leaders.

He graduated from the University of North Texas with a Masters degree in Sport Administration and earned a Bachelors degree from Slippery Rock University. Gary has published numerous articles as well as two textbooks: titled, The Principles

of Sports Marketing with Sagamore Publishers and Nonprofit Recreation and Sport Organizations: Principles and Practices

in Leadership and Management with Sentia Publishing.

special event coordination

The Bernstein Group consulting process is all about ethical relationships built on the type of trust and commitment that gives our clients insight, support, knowledge, and capacity to succeed. Our pledge is to always communicate in a caring way that establishes an honest, productive relationship with an authentic guarantee of the integrity of our promise and actions.

OUR promise

Stephen Young

Stephen Young recently joined Bernstein Group and Associates as a senior consultant, focusing on two areas of expertise - personnel services and executive searches and adds a tremendous wealth of diversified experiences.

Stephen is a nonprofit professional who has more than 30 years of experience as an executive. Dedicated to the notion that the team is at the core of most successes, he’s been intimately involved in the development of scores of programs, both large and small. While serving as executive director of the JCC of Mid-Westchester, he spearheaded the agency’s hosting of the 2009 JCC Maccabi Games. The Games opened with a ceremony at Madison Square Garden in front of 12,000 spectators and 2,000 teenaged athletes from across North America.

Holding a certificate in not-for- profit management from the Columbia University Business School, in addition to his masters in social work, Mr. Young has been teaching at Hofstra University’s certificate program since 2013. His classes include board and staff management, as well as one in legal and financial practice. Each touch on the how/to build the right team, by employing techniques and protocols that reduce the risk of making the wrong choices.

One of Mr. Young’s earliest experiences in being part of a cohesive team came as a television scriptwriter. Having written for a number of shows in the seventies; including The Jeffersons and Sanford & Son, grants him a somewhat unique perspective regarding collaboration.

What we do

The Bernstein Group & Associates strives to deliver the highest quality of service to its clients. Our goal is to provide an experience second to none with our individualized and comprehensive approach. Bernstein Group works to guide our clients to success while often exceeding its goals. With Bernstein Group, the experienced consultant you meet with up front is the same person that will service your account day-to-day. We welcome you to contact us and experience our unique approach to strengthen your organization. Call us today for a free consultation!

board training & leadership developmenT

Donna Bernstein

Donna has decades of successful experiences in sales, marketing and customer service. Her personal commitment

to fitness and a healthy lifestyle comes across in all aspects of her life.


She has a proven track record in developing and maintaining positive relationships. Donna has a passion, excitement and love of improving and strengthening organizations and businesses she works with, while at the same time cultivating and developing long-term relationships with individuals and clients.

At Bernstein Group and Associates for the past 7 years, Donna has helped manage daily operations, assist with client communication and provided marketing and creative support. Donna is married, has two children and resides in Brooklyn, New York.

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