At the end of last year, we were bullish about the future of the nonprofit sector and the opportunity for innovation in fundraising, leadership, and strategy to unlock greater impact and outcomes. While 2020 has disrupted every facet of the nonprofit sector, our business, and the world, we remain equally optimistic, and perhaps more so, about the sector and the power of philanthropy.

This year, we saw the dramatic growth of mega-gifts, in addition to the diversification of gift recipients and the increase in the numbers of unrestricted gifts. Simultaneously there has been growth in more modest giving with the number of donors and gifts increasing. Crisis consumed the world and people across the economic, social, and geographic spectrum all responded generously. At a time when we might have expected people to turn inward and philanthropy to decrease, donors did the opposite.

In a year when we all were forced to make difficult business decisions, we are particularly grateful for those nonprofits that continued to invest in our partnership. Our partners in 2020 spanned the sector and engaged our team of 50+ fundraisers and strategists in a variety of ways. We spent the year planning and managing some of the most aggressive campaigns in the nonprofit sector, providing outsourced fundraising leadership and support, recruiting and managing talent, creating and building consensus around new strategies, helping to unlock the full potential of planned giving via more proactive approaches, and collaborating with CEOs and boards alike to navigate a year unlike any other.

Through it all, we wrestled, like society, with how to live up to our stated value of diversity, equity, and inclusion as being core to the success of the sector and our work. The murder of George Floyd forced all of us to reckon with the racial injustice that has held our society back from achieving its ideals. While we continued to advance our own DEI journey as a firm, we sought to move the dialogue forward and leveraged our power as a convener in the sector to organize conversations on building diverse executive teams, boards and donor pipelines as well as building cultures, teams, and talent that value and advance diversity.

It’s been a year. And collectively, we’re moving forward. Our commitment to the nonprofit sector is that here at Orr Group, we will be moving forward aggressively, with optimism, and with the confidence that by working together, we will improve the business of philanthropy and the world in which we live and work.
This past year has taught us to think and plan in new and aggressive ways. To continue moving forward, nonprofits must breakaway from old assumptions. Read more about our 3 tips to get you started planning differently:

1️⃣ Go long on vision but short on specifics
2️⃣ Create a bigger vision
3️⃣ Plan and then be flexible
Orr Group's Senior Leadership Team
At Orr Group, we’re constantly searching for new ideas and inspiration. This ever-present curiosity makes us voracious readers. As we round out 2020, our Senior Leaderships Team is sharing some of their favorite reads of the year. Click the link below to explore some of the books that are helping to shape our thinking, drive our innovation, and hone our leadership skills. Enjoy!
Join us in welcoming Brandon to the team! In his role as IT Specialist, Brandon will provide day-to-day technical support to our staff as well as maintaining all software and hardware assets.

Prior to joining our team, Brandon worked as a Senior Help Desk Specialist at University of Maryland University College.

Read Brandon's full bio here.
Say hello to our newest Intern turned Associate, Eliza! In her new role, Eliza will work alongside our nonprofit partners, helping to manage prospect pipelines, conduct research, analyze data, and prepare team deliverables.

Fun fact about Eliza... she co-founded Women in The Arts, an organization at Georgetown University that provided the student population with women-centered creative workshops and performance opportunities. 

Read more about Eliza here.
Introducing our newest New York Associate, Indiana! As an Associate, Indiana will provide our nonprofit partners with strategy, fundraising, and development support.

Most recently, she worked as a fundraiser while completing a master’s degree in London!

Check out Indiana's full bio here.
We're so excited to be partnering with DC Central Kitchen as they prepare to embark on their biggest endeavor yet! To support its move to a new, 35,000 square foot facility in DC’s Buzzard Point neighborhood and expand its program capacity, DCCK is launching its first-ever comprehensive campaign.

Click the logo to read more about our partnership!
In our 20th webinar of the year, members of our Leadership Team sat down for a virtual conversation to recap 2020 fundraising trends and share their predictions for 2021. We also explored topics top of mind, including how to build and enhance workplace culture in a virtual environment, how to continue motivating staff and avoid burnout, and ideas for engaging and retaining donors acquired during crisis.

Earlier this month, we sponsored AFP-NYC's National Philanthropy Day Program on "Fundraisers of Color are the Future!". Thank you to our own, Shaby Rosales, Vice President of HR for representing Orr Group and urging nonprofit leaders to create more equitable opportunities for fundraising professionals.
Orr Group is a strategic fundraising firm that leverages top talent and innovative technologies to help nonprofits grow and diversify revenue. With offices in Washington, DC and New York City, Orr Group has partnered in our clients' success for almost three decades, helping more than 600 nonprofits raise hundreds of millions of dollars for their causes. 

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