Services: Event Management

Since our company’s inception in 1991, OAI’s expert staff has strategically planned, managed, produced, and fundraised for hundreds of events and conferences in more than 50 cities nationwide that have collectively raised hundreds of millions of dollars.

Our belief is that a well-organized and well-marketed event will improve both an organization’s financial results and boost its image and reputation. 

While there are many event planning firms that will produce beautiful events for your nonprofit, we are different in that we are not just event producers, we are also event fundraisers.  We focus on building sustainable revenue from strategically cultivated prospects and donors, rather than one-time donations from your event.  We understand that building relationships with large potential donors takes time, and we can design and implement unique strategies using your event to make the most of those relationships. 

You will find that our competitor event planning firms promise to open their rolodexes to fill the seats at your event, and to open doors from their connections—leaving you with a blank canvas year over year to recreate your event.  We work with our partner clients to help develop a long-term fundraising strategy which makes the most of your existing relationships and helps you build new ones using the power of event leadership.

We are expert event fundraisers and we are expert event producers.  Whatever the work might be, from securing the venue, to managing the talent, and working to stay on budget, OAI can do all of the  tedious, detailed work for you, so your staff can focus on their existing responsibilities.  


"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

Event Management Specialties:

  • Event strategic planning and leadership development
    • Develop event concept
    • Develop comprehensive strategic event fundraising approach
    • Develop and recruit an event committee
    • Assign board and other leadership roles
    • Identify key event prospects
  • Fundraising management
    • Assess network for event support
    • Develop “roles and responsibilities” packages
    • Develop event marketing materials, mailings, and website content
    • Cultivate and solicit event sponsors, attendees, and VIPs
    • Manage event financial planning
    • Steward event donors
  • Event production and logistical management
    • Event account management
    • Awards and amenities
    • Event branding and themes
    • Event design and experience development
    • Catering
    • Event contract negotiation
    • Printed materials for event
    • Event sound/lighting
    • Event transportation
    • Event venue selection and contracting
    • Emcee/entertainment selection and contracting

Event Management Clients:

Recent Client Successes:

The Marriott Foundation for People with Disabilities Bridges Gala
Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC 
June 2014

Honorees:  The Kroger Co. & Garrett Jones
Keynote Speaker:  Bonnie St. John

Attendees: 966
Gross Goal: $1.3 million
Actual Raised: 
$1.48 million



Friends of Hudson River Park 2013 Gala
Hudson River Park’s Pier 57, New York
October 2013

Honorees: Goldman Sachs & Michael E. Novogratz 
Host: Hugh Jackman, Actor
Featuring: Sarah Kay, Spoken Word Poet, Denis Leary, Actor & Brooke Shields, Actress

Attendees: 911
Gross Goal: $2.7 million
Actual Raised: $2.5 million


American Nicaraguan Foundation 2013 Gala
InterContinental Hotel, Miami 
October 2013

Honorees: Alfredo and Carmen Pellas & Food for the Poor, Inc.
Host: Diana Diaz, News Anchor 

Attendees: 560 
Gross Goal: $1 million
Actual Raised: $1.09 million


Youth INC A Celebration to Benefit New York Kids
Waldorf Astoria New York
November 2014

Honoree: Honoree: John Waldron
Featuring: Maurice DuBois (CBS NY), Alex Navab, General (Ret.) David H. Petraeus, Joe Watkins (MSNBC), 
Special Guests:  Joe Baratta, Jim Duffy, Melissa Francis, James Murdoch, Rick Schifter, Alan Schwartz, Paul Taubman, John Whitehead


Attendees: 1,300
Gross Goal: $2 million
Actual Raised: $3.32 million