Our Clients:  New Client Announcements

The YMCA strengthens communities through programs that foster youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With a footprint in 10,000 American communities, the Y reaches 22 million people and 9 million children every year. The YMCA of the USA serves as the national resource office for the 2,700 YMCAs nationwide that employ a combined workforce of more than 20,000 fulltime staff and engage over 600,000 volunteers. OAI is thrilled to be partnering with the YMCA of the USA to undertake a study to explore the feasibility of a collective fundraising effort by YMCA associations in the tristate area, focused on institutional funders. The organization’s recognizable and admired brand, and pervasive presence in communities across the United States, provide an unequalled opportunity to attract significant philanthropic investment and thereby create impact at an enviable scale.

 

The Newark Downtown District (NDD) is a civic organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown Newark.  It is working to improve the attractiveness, safety and economic viability of Newark’s central business district, and bring more green space to the downtown area, including replacing blacktops and parking lots with green space. A key initiative is the creation of Mulberry Commons, a new three-acre state-of-the-art park in downtown Newark.  In order to raise critical funds to support the maintenance and programming for Mulberry Commons, NDD plans to host a fundraising gala in the park in late 2018. OAI is partnering with NDD to develop and implement a plan and event fundraising infrastructure to help it achieve its fundraising goals.

 

The Queens Library Foundation (QLF) raises funds for the programs, services, and collections of Queens Library, a network of 62 local community libraries that anchor their neighborhoods and provide a destination for learning, reading, relaxing and sharing experiences. OAI is partnering with QLF to strengthen and enhance its development operations by building a major donor prospect pipeline and designing and implementing a moves management process.  We will also be providing support and counsel to QLF’s Executive Director and the library system CEO as they engage with donors.  

 

OAI has recently begun working with New Profit, a venture philanthropy organization that focuses on breaking down barriers to opportunity in America. New Profit works with visionary entrepreneurs, philanthropists and other partners to transform the way America educates its children, propels people toward social and financial stability, and creates healthy communities. As New Profit approaches its 20th anniversary, the team is assessing the progress and impact of their work to date and exploring what it will take to drive even bigger change in the next 20 years. OAI will collaborate with New Profit to identify ways to strengthen and broaden its network, as well as define what resources will be required to make their longer-term vision for impact a reality.

 

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving all kids – particularly those growing up in low-income communities in America – the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. Established in 1996, KaBOOM! is firmly committed to the principle that playgrounds build social cohesion, a sense of community and neighborhood safety. They have embarked on an exciting new partnership with the New York City Housing Authority and The Fund for Public Housing to build new playgrounds within public housing communities.  OAI has partnered with KaBOOM! to refine the case for support, create a fundraising roadmap for this initiative and supply a major gifts team to secure funding

 

OAI is excited to be partnering with Stony Brook Southampton Hospital. Southampton has long provided a continuum of high quality clinical services to meet the evolving needs of its Eastern Long Island community.  Following its recent merger with Stony Brook University, Southampton is now working with OAI’s team to lay the groundwork for a fundraising campaign to realize the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity presented by the merger to redefine healthcare in Eastern Long Island, including the construction of a brand-new hospital.  Our team will be collaborating with Southampton on various aspects of campaign preparation, planning, and implementation.

 

OAI is proud to announce our partnership with Capital Caring, the largest and oldest hospice and palliative care nonprofit organization serving the mid-Atlantic region. Serving more than 102,000 patients and families across the mid-Atlantic since 1977, Capital Caring's mission is to improve care for those facing life-limiting illness by providing direct support of patients and their families, public education, and advocacy. Capital Caring welcomes all patients, regardless of their ability to pay or the severity of their ilness. OAI is collaborating with Capital Caring in the planning and fundraising for its annual gala. The event, to be held on November 11, 2017, at the MGM National Harbor Resort, will celebrate Capital Caring's 40th anniversary. 

 

OAI recently partnered with Girls Inc., an organization dedicated to equipping girls from low-income communities with the knowledge and skills needed to take on life’s challenges through programming focused on healthy living, academic achievement, and life skills development. Girls Inc. has a network of 82 affiliates in 400 cities, creating a platform for girls across North America to become strong, smart, and bold. The organization developed its current five-year strategic plan (2016-2020), and asked OAI to 1) develop a compelling case for support and 2) create a road map for strengthening its major donor program and raising the additional funds needed to implement the plan.

 

Convergence Center for Policy Resolution is an organization founded to help address urgent social and policy issues through structured, facilitated dialogue and long-term relationship building. Its work has become all the more critical in today's fractious environment, to the point where the number of requests that Convergence is receiving for its services is exceeding its current capacity and impacting its ability to respond. Appreciating that this moment in time presents a unique oppurtunity, Convergence has embarked on a three-month partnership with OAI to assess its fundraising capacity and build a high-level roadmap to help expand philanthropic potential, with a focus on building a major gifts strategy. 

 

OAI is proud to partner with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation (EDF), which empowers, supports and honors the 5.5 million military and veteran caregivers (spouses, parents, family members, and friends) who care for America's wounded, ill or injured veterans and service members.

 

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.

 

The NYC National Service Leadership Council is a collaboration of over 30 nonprofits operating in New York City that utilize national service members to deliver programs.  OAI has been jointly retained by the two entities facilitating the collectivestrategy: NYC Service, an office of the New York City Mayor which is dedicated to expanding volunteerism and service, and Service Year Alliance, a national nonprofit focused on increasing opportunities  for young adults to dedicate a year to service. The intent of this collaboration is to double the number of service year participants in NYC to 8,000 by 2020, and to increase the number of participants nationwide to 100,000 by 2019.

OAI has worked to develop a case for support for this initiative, test this case with key prospects and forge a fundraising framework for this NYC national service collaboration.  Service Year Alliance is seeking to develop a model they can transport to other cities where they are forging similar collaborations.

 

Since its founding in 1978, Ronald McDonald House New York (RMDHNY) has provided  temporary lodging and care for more  than 35,000 families while their child battles cancer. Located on East 73rd Street in Manhattan and in close proximity to 13 major cancer treatment centers, RMDHNY  can accommodate 84 families and is filled to capacity almost every night. In addition to heavily subsidized accommodation, RMDHNY offer families additional support through wellness programs, tutors, music, art, transportation, activities for siblings, holiday and birthday parties, and camaraderie.

Building on a strong foundation of past fundraising success, RMDHNY is now seeking to enhance their major gifts fundraising strategy to build significant beneficial and enduring relationships with existing and new major donors.  OAI is working with RMDHNY to advance these donor relationships while simultaneously performing a dynamic development assessment to move RMDHNY's fundraising to the next level.

 

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. 

 

 
Children’s Law Center

CLC retained OAI to provide a high-level development assessment and fundraising assistance. 

 
Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities

"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