June 2019 Newsletter
Practical Tips for Fundraising for Veterans
Competition for private philanthropic dollars among organizations serving the increasing needs of veterans is fiercer and more challenging than ever; over 40,000 nonprofits are dedicated to serving this important population. Orr Group's work with organizations like Elizabeth Dole Foundation and PsychArmor Institute has uncovered many fundraising strategies and recommendations for nonprofits that serve our veterans. Click below to dive deeper into a few of the top findings!
Mentoring - A Two-Way Street to Building a Culture of Sharing and Learning

Orr Group Director, Regina Cialone and Tad Shull recently spoke with Pinky Vincent of AFP-NYC about their experience with AFP's mentorship program. In the interview, the group discusses the importance of developing a strong culture of sharing which can influence people's desire to give back. Read the full interview here!
Lead Change in Your Nonprofit
In the nonprofit sector, change isn’t just constant, it’s necessary. Either you can lead change—or it can lead you.  Managing Director, Craig Shelley's newest article on NonProfit PRO details the key activities to focus on in order to lead change within your organization. Interested in what those activities are?
Gabrielle supports Orr Group’s marketing and communications projects as well as business development efforts. She recently graduated from Fordham University where she gained experience in marketing through several internships. We're excited to work with Gabrielle! Read her full bio here .
Lila Jane joins us with over 15 years of experience as an operations and nonprofit leader, where she has advanced cross-sector partnerships with the world’s leading institutions and philanthropists. We are thrilled to have Lila Jane on the team! Check out Lila Jane's full bio here .
Katy joins Orr Group with over 15 years of experience in the field of philanthropy at the local, regional, and national levels. Katy's expertise includes grantmaking, strategic philanthropy, and corporate social responsibility. We're looking forward to working with Katy! Check out Katy's full bio here.
Megan assists with fundraising, special events, and strategy. Prior to joining us, she was the Development Director at a human services nonprofit, where she developed grant proposals, planned special events, and managed branding efforts. We are delighted to add Megan to the team! Read her full bio here .
Attracting Transformational Leaders, A Panel Discussion Presented by Orr Group

Orr Group is partnering with   Two Sigma  on Wednesday, July 24 to host a discussion with several remarkable leaders in our sector who will share their tips and stories on building New York City’s most effective fundraising boards. The panel will feature:

  • Richard Berlin, Executive Director, DREAM (fka Harlem RBI)
  • Rehana Farrell, Executive Director, Youth INC
  • William A. Goodloe, President & CEO, SEO
  • David Saltzman, Founding Executive Director, Robin Hood Foundation and Senior Vice President, Two Sigma Investments

The event will be moderated by Orr Group's Managing Partner, Steve Orr .

Interested in joining us? Please contact Tim Hettermann at thettermann@orrgroup.com for more information.
Orr Group Team Members Ride to End ALS

From June 21-23, Managing Director, Craig Shelley and Senior Associate Director, Jordan Ritchie participated in ALS-TDI's Tri-State Trek, a 270-mile bike ride from Boston, MA to Greenwich, CT that raises money for ALS research. Other members of the Orr Group team, Rebecca Emami , Director, Abby Carlson, Associate Director and Shea Hermann, Associate, showed their support throughout the weekend.

The Tri-State Trek has raised over $8 million since its start in 2003. We are proud to partner with ALS-TDI and support their life-changing work!


On Wednesday, June 19, Orr Group sponsored Women in Development NY's Women of Achievement Award Luncheon . Several of our team members attended as Ruth C. Browne, SD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ronald McDonald House New York was honored. Ronald McDonald House New York has been our partner for the past two years, and we have worked closely to develop their major gifts program.

We are honored to support WiD and their efforts to increase diversity in the fundraising field!
FRDNY 2019 Recap
It was another great year at AFP-NYC's Fundraising Day in New York 2019! Throughout the day, Orr Group team members attended sessions and learned from over 1,800 other fundraising professionals. We also had the privilege of sponsoring this year's luncheon and were so inspired by the remarks of keynote speaker Fatima Shama, Executive Director of The Fresh Air Fund.

Additionally, team members Craig Shelley , Managing Director and CJ Orr , Chief Operating Officer moderated two panel discussions focused on campaign leadership and corporate and foundation giving.

What was clear throughout the day is that the challenges and opportunities of fundraising remain great. The important work the nonprofit community does increasingly requires more philanthropic capital to be successful, and we're ready to help. Contact us today to learn more about our services !
Pictured Above:
Back Row: Craig Shelley, Regina Cialone, Tim Hettermann
Middle Row: JA Bruno, Megan Tedford, Ryan Grosso
Front Row: Katie Nickels, Patricia McLoughlin, Maura Determann, Kelly Dunphy, CJ Orr
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