As this year, and decade, come to a close, we would like to thank all our nonprofit partners for giving us the opportunity to work with them. They are our inspiration. We are grateful that our collaboration with them allows us to advance so many important missions across the country and world.

At Orr Group, we’re proud of the year we’ve had and the impact our work has had as we brought innovative techniques and technologies to each partner we work with. We’ve refined our skill sets and continue to bring new approaches to fundraising. From developing our proactive planned giving model , to identifying unique fundraising tactics such as livestream gaming , we guided our partners to think more strategically and take advantage of transformative fundraising opportunities to elevate their organizations and impact.

Beyond innovative fundraising, we emphasized the importance of investing in talent – both internally and externally - and launched our Talent Acquisition and Management service line. In this new line of work, we have begun assisting partners, such as the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation , to find qualified, experienced candidates that fit into existing teams and organizational culture. Similarly, we’ve taken time to reflect on ourselves and identified areas for improvement, which led us to establish Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) as one of our core values . We are pushing ourselves to be leaders in this space, change the face of fundraising, and more accurately reflect the communities we serve. This commitment to do better starts with us.
Sharing new ideas and innovative strategies, as well as affirming our similarities and finding value in our differences, has been core to who we are and what we do, and this past year has been a reflection of just that.

Lastly, as we head into the next decade, we want to take a moment to pause and reflect on some of this year’s most memorable highlights, as well as the partners and colleagues who made this year such a success.
  • Partnered with Grameen America to launch their $100 million campaign and surpassed the aggressive first year fundraising target, establishing a new record in annual funds raised at the organization.
  • Helped raise $29 million in six months, including securing a $10 million blended gift for a DC-based preparatory school as part of its $60 million endowment campaign.
  • Collaborated with Equal Justice Works for the 3rd year in a row to raise more than $3.2 million to further their mission of mobilizing passionate public service leaders.
  • Redesigned the strategy behind a $1.6 billion campaign for a Chicago-based nonprofit, helping the organization reach its full fundraising potential by providing professional development services in several regions across the country.
  • Managed Visiting Nurse Service of New York’s annual gala and raised the most money in the history of the event – over $1.6 million – breaking our fundraising record from last year.
  • Hosted over 100 nonprofit leaders and fundraising professionals at our Attracting Transformational Leaders event – a dynamic panel discussion on board development – moderated by Orr Group’s Managing Partner, Steve Orr.
We look forward to continuing to collaborate on innovative strategies to elevate impact and ensure the next decade is the best yet.
Wishing you a happy and fulfilling New Year!
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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