‘Brand authenticity’ has been a marketing trend and buzz phrase in recent years; however, we still see many nonprofits hesitate to be authentic with their donors. At best, silence and inauthenticity make your organization an afterthought for donors and volunteers. At worst, your donors will find other organizations doing similar work in which they begin to invest.

To prevent this from happening, Brandon Emerson and Lauren Hancock share specific ways to build a consistently authentic brand, and therefore foster authentic partnerships with donors, through 1:1 donor interactions and mass donor communications.
In 2022, confidence in the fundraising potential of planned giving is higher than membership gifts, events, foundation support, corporate giving, direct marketing, or government funding and grants. If planned giving did not make the top of the list for your development strategy this year, you may want to strongly reconsider your development plan.

Learn from planned giving experts Steve Orr and Piper Hardin about the major impact that a planned giving program can have on your 2022 fundraising success.
Donor vetting doesn't have a one-size-fits-all solution. How organizations assess and identify risky gifts will depend on their mission, visibility in the public eye, and the leadership team's priorities. But asking the right questions, and crafting a strategic plan for vetting, provide a solid base from which to start.

Check out Indiana Thompson's debut article, in which she offers several donor vetting best practices to minimize financial, legal, ethical, and reputational risks at your organization.
The past two years have presented unprecedented fundraising challenges for nonprofits reliant on events-based revenue. In response, a newly charted events landscape has taken shape. As nonprofits look back on 2021 and think about event plans this year, it's important to take stock of your successes, failures, and opportunities, and apply all the lessons you've learned to your next event.

Event fundraisers Patricia Gill and Adam Glick share their reflections on nonprofit events' past, present, and future - learn more here. 👇
The latest features in our "Partner Perspectives" series
In our most recent interview featuring Melissa T. Merrick, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Prevent Child Abuse America, learn about Melissa's lifetime dedication to child abuse and neglect prevention, her vision for the future of PCA America, and the impact of our partnership together. 👇
We were also joined by Kelly Fitzsimmons, Founder and Chief Executive of Project Evident, to hear about her inspiration for founding Project Evident, the power of strong data and evidence to drive solutions for the social sector, and the impact of our ongoing partnership. 👇
Longtime partner Christine Benninger, Chief Executive Officer and President of Guide Dogs for the Blind shared the story of her transition from a career in Silicon Valley to philanthropy, her insights on the sector's evolution over time, and her reflections on our embedded partnership.👇
Check out our other Partner Perspectives interviews to date by clicking here.
Rewatch our TALK with impact-investing pioneer Jean Case!
On March 9th, we were joined by Jean Case, Chair of National Geographic and CEO of Case Impact Network and Case Foundation, to discuss Jean's story as a philanthropist, businesswoman, and impact investing pioneer. Watch the recording below to hear Jean's insights on impact investing, her advice for fellow changemakers, and the ESG opportunity within the nonprofit sector.
Our team continues to grow, and this month, we welcomed five members on board. To learn more about them, click on their images, or visit Our People's page.
Careers with Orr Group

Join our team of passionate, vibrant, and motivated nonprofit professionals! Orr Group is continuing to hire at all levels in both our DC and NY offices, as well as in our emerging markets. Check out this month's job highlights below:
  • At least 10+ years of event management/production experience required. 
  • Will partner with clients to drive event strategy, develop concepts, oversee design elements and marketing and communications, create and manage event timelines and other logistics.
  • 7+ years of relevant experience as a brand strategist or marketing director, preferably with a professional services firm.
  • Will form and oversee complete marketing, communications, and business development strategies and operations.
Careers with Our Nonprofit Partners
As part of our Recruitment and Outsourced HR services, we specialize in recruiting top talent and work with our partners to address their immediate and long-term hiring needs. Check out our other current client job openings below to learn more.
March Job Highlights 💡
  • At least 2 years of experience, preferably in a nonprofit environment.
  • Responsible for supporting the Development Department through data management, fundraising operations, and reporting.
  • 5 to 7 years of experience in a frontline fundraising role.
  • Responsible for expanding Third Option Foundation’s donor base of five- to seven-figure gifts from individuals and foundations to support the organization in meeting its annual fundraising goal of $8-12M.
Other Current Job Openings