Services: Foundations

The opportunity for nonprofits to attract significant and targeted investment from philanthropic foundations is enormous. According to Giving USA, giving by foundations (including grants made by independent, community, and operating foundations) amounted to 15 percent of all gifts made in 2014.  However, the effort, expertise, and time that must be invested to build the right relationships and secure support is likewise enormous.

Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI) has the expertise and experience working with leading funders to ensure you approach the right foundations in the right ways.  While it is a timely process, the return on investment can be significant.

OAI can tailor its approach to collaborate in ways that meet your unique needs, but broadly, we offer Foundation Fundraising Services across two areas:

Full Foundation Fundraising Team

OAI’s most comprehensive service package, from high-level strategy through full implementation.

Best if you are:

  • Embarking on foundation fundraising for the first time.
  • Experiencing staff turnover and need consistent leadership.
  • Have a desire to increase the skills of your current team.
  • Aggressively seeking to grow your foundation support or diversify revenue.

Services Include:

  • A team sized and staffed to suit your program goals.  Can include proposal writing or just strategy and relationship management.
  • Experienced fundraisers with backgrounds collaborating with leading charitable foundations.
  • Strategic and tactical advice on management of donor prospects.
  • Cultivation and solicitation strategy, management, and execution.
  • Full prospect research and qualification services.

Key Benefits:

  • No employment or hiring costs.
  • Provides continuity and avoids revolving door of staff.
  • OAI team approach ensures work handled at most appropriate level.

Pipeline Support

Designed to identify and prioritize opportunities including executable strategies to approach each prospect.

Best if you are:

  • Embarking on foundation fundraising for the first time.
  • Aggressively seeking to grow your support from foundations.

Services Include:

  • Assist in goal-setting for staff with clearly-stated performance metrics.
  • Full prospect research and qualification services.
  • Maintenance of prospect lists and management of prospect outreach.
  • Comparative research to identify foundations aligned with and appropriate for your mission and goals.

Key Benefits:

  • An enhanced pipeline built to meet your needs.
  • Actionable strategies to approach key prospects.

Foundations Strategy

Design actionable plans to start or accelerate your corporate partnerships program.

Best if you are:

  • Embarking on foundation fundraising for the first time and seeking an assessment on revenue feasibility and a plan for implementation.
  • Aggressively seeking to grow your support from foundations.

Services Include:

  • A fact-based assessment that can articulate reachable goals.
  • A roadmap for reaching these goals as well as a design of staffing and process changes needed to fulfill the plan.

Key Benefits:

  • A realistic and achievable plan to increase your corporate support.

Representative Foundations Clients: