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OAI and AFP-NYC Leadership Breakfast Series Continues
President and CEO of Grameen America tells her story
From Chinese immigrant family to one of Forbes Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in the World”

On Friday, June 15, 2018, Orr Associates Inc. (OAI) joined forces with the New York City Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals to host a breakfast which was attended by senior leaders from influential nonprofits in New York City. 

The keynote speaker was Andrea Jung , President and CEO of Grameen America . She inspired the gathered nonprofit leaders with the story of her family’s journey from its Chinese immigrant roots to business leadership in just two generations, and her own role as a trailblazer for women’s empowerment. She recounted her awakening to the realization that she could combine both business success, and commitment to a purpose, in her career.  
“First and foremost, it’s about empowering women”
The story began when Jung’s grandmother – “not my grandfather,” she stressed – obtained an informal loan that allowed her to start up a hair salon. That this loan allowed Jung’s grandmother to launch a business, and particularly one in the beauty industry, foreshadowed two of Jung’s key leadership positions. As CEO at Avon Products, she led the world’s fifth largest beauty company. But Jung pointed out that although most people think of Avon as a company that sells lipsticks and creams, it is first and foremost in the business of empowering women and facilitating their economic independence.  
Driving social change, one woman at a time
F rom Avon, Jung made the decision to move full time into driving social change. She now heads up Grameen America, the fastest-growing microfinance organization in the US. Grameen lends to women living below the poverty line, to encourage them to become entrepreneurs and realize their business vision.

In Jung’s words: “At Avon and Grameen America, I have seen first-hand the powerful impact that entrepreneurship and the opportunity to earn a living can make in a woman’s life.” To date, Grameen America has served more than 100,000 women and disbursed more than $870 million in loans. But Jung’s dreams are much bigger – she aims, in the next decade, to touch the lives of a million Americans, create 300,000 jobs, and invest $5 billion in women entrepreneurs.
Breaking the way for others
The leadership breakfast offered attendees an opportunity to reflect on women’s continuing efforts to shatter the glass ceiling. Jung faced many challenges in her path to the corner office, and to high
profile board directorships with companies including Apple and Unilever. It also served to highlight local and national efforts to empower under-served communities, a cause close to the hearts of many of the attendees.

OAI looks forward to continuing its collaboration with AFP-NYC to share ideas at the intersection of business and philanthropy. Previous speakers in this leadership series have included philanthropists Jonathan Soros and Jennifer Allan Soros and Joe Daniels, former President & CEO of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum.

" How to Wow the Crowd at a Fundraising Event "

OAI Senior Associate Director, Ryan Grosso , published the article "How to Wow the Crowd" in AFP's New York City Chapter's newsletter Fundraising Matters . For best practices on how to engage and connect with your audience, whether small or large, read here.

PeerForward , f ormerly known as College Summit, has been an innovator in the college access field for two decades, with a focus on unleashing the power of positive peer influence to guide more students in low-income communities to higher education. PeerForward trains, deploys, and coaches teams of Peer Leaders charged with boosting college preparation and enrollment across their high schools. By mobilizing friends and classmates to realize their true college and career potential, PeerForward’s program has guided 350,000 students across the nation to higher education.

OAI is proud to have partnered with PeerForward to help prepare for and stage fundraising galas over several years. With College Summit’s relaunch as PeerForward, we are excited to have the opportunity to partner again to fundraise and produce this annual celebration of peer leadership. Drawing on insights and lessons learned from the 2015, 2016, and 2017 PeerForward galas, we look forward to executing another memorable event.
Center for Democracy & Technology
Headquartered in Washington D.C.,  The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT )   is a nonprofit organization that works to strengthen individual freedoms by defining, promoting, and influencing technology policy and the architecture of the internet. CDT champions global online civil liberties, freedom of expression, and human rights.

In 2019, CDT will celebrate its 25th anniversary. To prepare for this significant milestone, OAI is partnering with CDT to evaluate its readiness for a major fundraising campaign and identify challenges it could face. We will develop a road map for a successful campaign and cultivation events that will both elevate CDT’s position as a leader for digital rights and raise significant funding to sustain and further its mission.
Gonzaga College High School
For almost 200 years,  Gonzaga College High School (Gonzaga)  has offered a values-oriented and academically challenging education according to the teachings of the Jesuit Order to young men from a wide range of backgrounds and from across Washington, D.C. 

OAI is honored to partner with Gonzaga as the school prepares to celebrate its upcoming bicentennial in 2021 by launching a campaign to build its endowment fund and upgrade its facilities. OAI will review Gonzaga’s current fundraising operations, assess its capacity and capabilities, and develop an actionable road map to prepare Gonzaga for this important campaign that will sustain Gonzaga into its third century of service.

Healthcare Philanthropy Leadership Roundtable - July 10 
OAI is hosting a by-invitation conversation for healthcare philanthropy leaders from across the region on current and future fundraising trends within the sector. The Roundtable will be an opportunity for these leaders to discuss with their peers the success of, and challenges with, the grateful patient model and other critical issues in healthcare philanthropy. 

The discussion will include Bruce Bartoo, Senior VP & Chief Philanthropy Officer at MedStar Health, and Steven Bernstein, President of Southampton Hospital Foundation and Chief Development Officer of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital.

In June, OAI welcomed Jordan Ritchie to the OAI team in the role of Senior Associate Director. Jordan has over five years of nonprofit development experience, and offers clients her expertise on developing fundraising and major gifts strategy.

Jordan enjoys trying new group fitness classes, hiking in the Shenandoah Valley, and rollerblading around Haines Point. She also used to be a competitive pole vaulter!
OAI also welcomed Tiffany Fitzgerald to the OAI team in June in the role of Director, Finance & Accounting. Tiffany has more than fifteen years of experience in financial strategy, directing fiscal functions, performance, development, and business acuity.

Tiffany loves a good spreadsheet and dislikes sandwiches.
Responding to the increasingly complex burdens on nonprofit leaders, OAI has developed a transformational approach to fundraising and strategy consulting.  Our teams of experienced professionals seamlessly embed themselves with nonprofits to fundraise, to recruit and improve board leadership, to build consensus and direction through new strategies, and to provide executive, fundraising, and financial leadership. With offices in Washington, DC and New York City, OAI has partnered in our clients' success for more than 25 years, helping more than 600 nonprofits raise hundreds of millions of dollars for their causes. 
See how we can help you today at  www.oai-usa.com .