We advance the philanthropy programs of our nonprofit partners through inspiring counsel, bold leadership and innovative fundraising solutions to drive results-oriented, sustainable change.
Our Guiding Principles and Values
It is our belief that Midwestern values such as honor, loyalty and trust matter in the world now more than ever. We are a family-owned business that takes personal pride in building close, genuine relationships with our client partners.
Nonprofits strive to unite our communities, improve our quality of life and build a better world for everyone. That's why at Baker Street Consulting, we feel that we don't succeed unless you succeed. We are passionate about your mission and always put the interests of our client first.
Good ideas and great programs don’t just happen – bringing a groundbreaking vision to life takes planning, resources and, most importantly, hard work. We bring the experience, dedication and perseverance needed to take your nonprofit to the next level.
Jim Radford, Founder & President
Jim has steadily honed his fundraising and management skills for nonprofit organizations in a career that began in the 1970s. Following an extended tour of combat duty in Vietnam as a member of the 5th Special Forces Group, the Green Berets (Airborne), Jim created an Outward Bound-style program wherein returning Vietnam veterans worked with juvenile delinquents. He successfully led the Providence Program (working with juvenile offenders) which ultimately became a U.S. Justice Department - National Exemplary Program.
While teaching anthropology and sociology on the university level, Jim consulted frequently on issues regarding fundraising organizational development and strategic planning. Working as Executive Vice President for a national firm in New Jersey, Jim provided counsel for a number of nonprofit organizations on various fundraising initiatives.
Jim formerly served as Executive Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (New York City) as well as the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Foundation. For more than 30 years he has provided fundraising direction for educational institutions, religious organizations, theaters, hospitals, social service organizations, and many other nonprofit groups. In addition to fundraising, he consults frequently on issues regarding organizational development, leadership, and strategic planning.
Jim earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology and sociology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He and his wife Sharon, who have been married for many years, have five children and eight grandchildren. In his free time Jim has coached youth soccer, loves sailing, and studying history.
Amy Radford, Senior Consultant
Amy is a driven consultant who brings more than fifteen years of fundraising experience to BSCG. Focusing on strategic planning, pre-campaign planning and feasibility studies, execution of major fundraising campaigns, and endowment building, she has worked closely with leadership, staff, and volunteers at a wide variety of organizations.
Amy is a hard worker who thrives on building client relationships with her non-profit partners and is highly adept at foundation research and proposal development, and has created numerous giving and annual fund programs for a broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations.
Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin. In her free time, Amy loves coaching her three children in soccer and lacrosse.
Zach Radford, Director of Marketing & Research
Zach has been working with Holmes, Radford & Reynolds, Inc. for over seven years as a consultant, writer and researcher. He has designed numerous Cases for Support and written private and public proposals for our nonprofit clients. He has also supported work on Planning and Feasibility Studies and assisted on strategic planning initiatives and fund development plans.
Additionally, Zach specializes in conducting research on companies and foundations, as well as working with analytical tools, interpreting wealth screening results for individuals and assisting organizations with predictive modeling and planning.
In addition to a master’s degree in English Literature, Zach holds bachelor’s degrees in Literature, Anthropology, and Liberal Studies. His evenings and weekends are spent reading, trail-running, canoeing, and fly fishing.
About Baker Street Consulting Group
The name Baker Street Consulting Group pays homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s character, Sherlock Holmes, the world's greatest consulting detective. Like Holmes, we approach each project with a great deal of hard-work, thoroughness and strategy.
Originally founded in Stevens Point by Jim Radford in 1995 as Holmes, Radford & Avalon, Inc., Baker Street Consulting Group was created by Jim in early 2017 to provide services exclusively to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations. BSCG is a new firm based upon a solid tradition of over 23 years of experience serving close to 200 nonprofit clients in Wisconsin and the Midwest. We have successfully conducted well over 130 campaign feasibility studies and directed nearly 100 capital campaigns, 90% of which reached or exceeded their goals.
BSCG is distinguished by our depth of major gift experience, leadership abilities and fundraising skills to drive campaigns forward. We are collaborators with our client partners and we are a dependable, action-oriented firm when it comes to achieving campaign goals.