Our Clients: New Client Announcements
The Arthritis Foundation is dedicated to addressing the needs of the more than 50 million individuals in the United States living with arthritis and its related diseases. The Arthritis Foundation is focused on four strategic areas: scientific discovery to find better treatments and a cure; advocacy and access to break down the barriers to care; help and support for those living with arthritis; and juvenile arthritis, which affects more than 300,000 children.
The Arthritis Foundation is seeking to accelerate its program of scientific discovery through a major giving campaign beginning in 2017. The campaign will raise funds to improve the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with arthritis by developing decision-making tools for scientists, clinicians, and consumers. OAI is partnering with The Arthritis Foundation as it builds its fundraising infrastructure in order to prepare for a successful campaign.
Since its founding in 1996, The National Women’s History Museum has successfully created an on-line museum visited by over a million people each year, welcomed over 55,000 charter members, and created physical exhibits and outreach programs to educate Americans about women’s history. In addition, its many years of work with partners on Capitol Hill finally culminated in December 2014 in the passing of an act of Congress to study creating a permanent home for the museum in Washington DC.
In October 2016, the NWHM began partnering with OAI to assess its current state and set the direction for fundraising to sustain both its ongoing operations, and the next chapter in its evolution. The outcome of this discovery process will be a report that analyzes the NWHM’s current development efforts and delivers practical recommendations to implement a fundraising strategy and plan for the institution.
The NYC Community Learning Schools Initiative (NYCCLSI) aims to improve student achievement by meeting the health, safety and social service needs of students, parents and communities. It does this by facilitating partnerships between schools and non-profits, local businesses and non-governmental organizations, as well as with government agencies. These agencies, in turn, provide vital services to public schools, making each building a hub in the community.
The Initiative was launched in 2012 by the United Federation of Teachers in collaboration with the New York City Council, the Partnership for New York City and Trinity Wall Street with six demonstration schools. The initiative is currently supporting 28 schools during the 2016-17 school year. NYCCLSI has engaged OAI to design a three-year strategic fundraising roadmap and to recruit new members for its Board of Directors.
The premier private university in the Buffalo-Niagara region, for more than 150 years Niagra University has been educating students in the Catholic and Vincentian tradition, emphasizing ethics, lifelong learning, and service to others, and preparing graduates for lives and careers that are both successful and fulfilling.
Niagara University is about to embark on a campaign to provide funding for its next phase of its growth, including support for academics, the student experience, capital improvements, and growing the University’s endowment. OAI is proud to be working with Niagara University as an embedded partner to help frame key campaign messaging and develop a detailed Campaign Plan to drive a successful fundraising effort.
The NYSSCPA serves as an advocate and resource for the New York State Certified Public Accountants by representing and cultivating the profession's core values of integrity, professionalism and ethics. For a second consecutive year, OAI is working with NYSSCPA to market and fundraise for their Moynihan Fund Gala.
The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants serves as an advocate and resource for New York State Certified Public Accountants by representing and cultivating the profession's core values of integrity, professionalism and ethics. The NYSSCPA strives to foster constructive relationships among the CPAs of New York, enhance the quality and standing of the profession, as well as support the development of CPAs in all stages of their careers.
As the nation’s leading trade association representing generic prescription drug manufacturers and distributors, the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) has embarked with OAI on a strategic planning process to develop and test a business and fundraising plan for a foundation to be associated with the organization.
The work will include developing a clear mission and case for support; identifying and incorporating fundraising best practices for trade association foundations; and maximizing the GPhA foundation’s engagement with its members and external impact.
Since launching the iconic Principal for Day program in 1995, PENCIL has been a leader in creating innovative and high impact models of collaboration between the business and education communities. PENCIL was at the forefront of forging cross sector collaboration to benefit students which has become a hallmark of the education reform movement. PENCIL sharpens the impact of those seeking to support public education by building capacity, investing in collaboration and fostering a thriving network.
Founded in 1887 and located on a 25-acre beautifully landscaped enclosed campus in Brooklyn, New York, Pratt Institute provides students with an outstanding professional education and a traditional residential college experience within the exciting creative environment of one of the top art schools in the United States. Pratt relies on its two main fundraising events each year, the Legends Awards Dinner and the Fashion Show + Cocktail Benefit to generate critical scholarship revenue for Pratt students based on need and merit. With nearly 80 percent of Pratt's students requiring financial assistance to pursue their educations, the financial success of both of these events is essential. Generating philanthropic revenue from events has become more challenging in recent years. However, as part of a diversified funding operation, events continue to play an important role by both raising substantial revenue from new supporters and creating opportunities to present the Institute’s case for support to a contingency of potential new major gift supporters.
OAI was retained to evaluate Pratt’s current event fundraising efforts and provide guidance and recommendations on how best to utilize resources to maximize philanthropic revenue from its two major events. OAI will evaluate, understand, and report out on the value of the events as an entry point for high-net-worth individuals and understand their context within the broader fundraising program at Pratt Institute. OAI will then make recommendations on how Pratt can best position its events to raise substantial direct revenue and focus on capturing the high-net-worth contacts the organization needs.
For over 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has been building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. With 2.8 million active members in 112 councils nationwide and across the globe, GSUSA is a vibrant force for good in the communities it serves.
In February 2015, GSUSA engaged OAI to partner in determining action steps that would help accelerate individual philanthropy across the Girl Scout Movement. Subsequent to that initial work, we have been asked to:
- Provide strategic fundraising counsel to GSUSA's senior leaders;
- More deeply assess their development staff structure and how they are matching investment to opportunity. As recommended changes are implemented, we are partnering to integrate individuals into new roles;
- Build a case for support of Girl Scouts that can attract transformational philanthropy; and
- Orient and train professional and board leaders on their roles in building a philanthropic culture.
Imagine Schools, a national network of public charter schools, recently transitioned to a nonprofit organization. As a newly established nonprofit, Imagine Schools is now preparing to build a development operation to pursue national and local philanthropic support for its programmatic initiatives.
In March 2016, Imagine Schools engaged OAI to help identify opportunities for philanthropic support and create a two-year fundraising roadmap that defines the steps needed to build a fundraising program. Working in partnership with Imagine Schools, OAI assessed Imagine Schools’ assets and conducted an environmental scan, peer-organization research, donor prospect research, and stakeholder interviews to determine opportunities for philanthropic support. Using this information, OAI identified the strategies and resources needed to operationalize a fundraising effort. Understanding that a successful fundraising program relies on the active participation of board members, OAI was also brought on board to assist Imagine Schools in further developing a board that drives both financial and programmatic success.
In May 2016, Imagine Schools engaged OAI in the next steps toward establishing a fundraising operation. OAI and Imagine Schools will continue to work together to put in place the foundation needed for successful fundraising including: a high-level strategic roadmap that illustrates Imagine Schools’ programmatic and organizational goals over the next three-years; a compelling Case for Support to share with prospective donors; a qualified list of prospects that are most strongly aligned with Imagine Schools’ work; and a detailed Fundraising Strategy and Development Plan.
Jack and Barbara Nicklaus created the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation (NCHCF) in an effort to provide families access to world-class pediatric health care. Through collaborations with pediatric hospitals across the country, NCHCF has grown from a vision to a reality, supporting innovative programs focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood illness.
One of NCHCF's philanthropic initiatives is to assist in raising funds for the Nicklaus Children's Hospital's $150 million Together For The Children campaign. The campaign provides restricted dollars for capital projects including building a new Emergency Department and Advanced Pediatric Care Pavilion; expanding Pediatric Outreach; enhancing the Centers of Excellence (Brain, Cancer, Heart); and shaping the future through Telehealth-Global Medicine, Research-Molecular Medicine, and programmatic support.
OAI has joined the team as an embedded partner to NCHCF, providing counsel on the cultivation and solicitation of major donors as well as Moves Management support to the Nicklauses and the staff and board of NCHCF.
Room to Read envisions a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential, and contribute to their community and the world. To achieve this goal, Room to Read has focused on two areas where it has had significant impact: literacy and gender equality in education. Since its founding in 2000, Room to Read has had remarkable progress and reached 10 million young people. As the organization looks to scale successfully, it knows that programmatic innovation must be matched by an investment in building a sustainable philanthropic revenue stream. Room to Read raises more than $50 million annually.
In March 2016, Room to Read retained OAI to perform a strategic assessment of its current event strategies and tactics with an eye towards producing event experiences that help connect their major investors to their mission. The desired outcome of this assessment is to provide recommended enhancements to the existing events and to design a new event strategy for major North America markets.
SourceAmerica is the leading source of job opportunities for individuals with significant disabilities. As an AbilityOne authorized national nonprofit, SourceAmerica works with more than 550 nonprofit agency partners to train people with disabilities, assist them in identifying employment options, and place them in the right jobs. Today, more than 125,000 people with disabilities are employed through SourceAmerica’s nonprofit network.
In June 2014, SourceAmerica engaged OAI with the goal of leveraging their assets and talents to maximize employment of people with disabilities. Through an environmental scan, peer-organization research, donor prospect identification and research, the development of a case for support, and stakeholder interviews, OAI will conduct an assessment of SourceAmerica to determine how it can fund new initiatives to employ more people with disabilities and provide greater support to the national nonprofit agencies SourceAmerica serves.
The Trust for the National Mall (TNM) is an official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service dedicated to improving, preserving, and restoring the National Mall. TNM had leadership turnover at the CEO level and in the development department. TNM turned to OAI to provide immediate fundraising assistance for its annual Benefit Luncheon as well as an assessment of its fundraising strategy and operation. Working closely with TNM, OAI designed a practical business plan that now serves as a roadmap to strengthen and build the development program over the next year. OAI is now in the early stages of implementing the roadmap by providing development leadership as the Chief Development Officer, leading all development operations including major gift, corporate, and foundation giving; providing board development, recruitment, and management guidance, and support; and planning for a Gala to celebrate TNM’s 10th anniversary in 2017.
United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC) is the leading nonprofit agency in New York City providing direct services, technology, and advocacy to children and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities. Coming up on its 70th Anniversary, UCP of NYC is currently exploring a rebranding effort to help its community understand that its mission reaches beyond just those with cerebral palsy. This is a moment for the organization to determine how to best increase the financial resources needed in support of its work.
UCP of NYC has engaged OAI to provide a quick assessment of its resources and fundraising strengths and design a practical business plan that will serve as a roadmap to strengthen and build the development program over the next year. Based on these recommendations, OAI will work with the UCP team to expand the organization’s individual giving and corporate and foundation efforts.
The mission of Women Moving Millions (WMM) is to catalyze unprecedented resources for the advancement of women and girls. WMM began in 2007 by inspiring women to make gifts of $1M or more to organizations or initiatives (of their choosing) that benefit women and girls. Today, more than 250 women (and men) have brought significant resources and leadership to the causes they champion.
As it looks to continue its role as a catalyst, WMM is exploring the feasibility of a $1 billion campaign that will engage many partners to engage women (and men) in many locations to intentionally give to nonprofits large and small that advance women and girls.
In April 2016, WMM retained OAI to test the feasibility of this potential campaign with prospective users, partners, and funders. Among other means of data collection, OAI will conduct a series of interviews and field an online survey to gather feedback on the proposed campaign. The analysis will deliver insight on the opportunities and challenges of the potential campaign; stakeholders’ perception of WMM as the leader of this effort and the resonance of the campaign; the tools partners and users need to participate fully in the campaign; and recommendations on the structure, timeline, and resources for the campaign.
"We've worked with OAI for many years now, and the longevity of our partnership is no accident. They consistently provide a level of effort and excellence that, year after year, yields outstanding events." -Mark Donovan, Vice Chairman, Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities
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