Helping Nonprofits and Foundations Achieve Success
Before they can truly focus on their mission, leaders must grapple with the unique business challenges that face nonprofits and foundations.
The services provided by The Olin Group have been developed with these challenges in mind, and help organizations ensure community impact and sustainable operations.
One of the best – and often overlooked – ways that nonprofits and foundations can prove impact is through evaluation and reporting on its efforts in the community. Investing in a strategic evaluation plan demonstrates to funders and other stakeholders that your program is making the difference you say it is, and that you are deploying resources where it matters most.
The Olin Group believes that evaluation for community-based initiatives must be feasible, useful, accurate, and affordable – or said differently, we believe that the purpose of data is to help make programs better and improve outcomes, and that measuring it shouldn’t break the bank. When providing evaluation services, we give careful consideration to how and why information will be used, who the target audience is, and how information can be collected with minimal impact on clients, personnel, and resources.
Can You Prove That Your Organization is Making a Difference?
Evaluation and Needs Assessment
To help you understand how this philosophy translates into action, click on the following one sheet descriptions of our Evaluation and Needs assessment offerings here.
The constant need to raise money is one of the greatest challenges that nonprofits face, and the single most important factor in the success of a nonprofit organization. No wonder it’s the cause of so much anxiety!
Fund development doesn’t need to be mysterious or magical, but it does need to be strategic. Successful fund development should be grounded in the passion and energy of your whole team, from front line staff to Board members and other volunteers, furthered by compelling story-telling and a strong grant strategy, advanced through relationship building, and sustained by solid systems and infrastructure.
As trusted advisors, we work alongside organizational leaders to build all of these components of a strong program, and help set priorities, assess capacity, unearth new opportunities and provide customized recommendations and strategies for success. Then we walk hand in hand with leaders as they work to develop relationships, engage grant makers, and increase revenue.
Do you Have a Plan ... to Raise the Money you Need?
Fund Development Services
Grant Strategy Package
Fund Development Assessments, Planning, and Strategy Implementation
Coaching and Training
Campaign Readiness Assessments, Feasibility Studies, Planning, and Implementation
Click on the following one sheet descriptions to learn more about our Fund Development Service offerings.
Marketing, branding, and communication are some of the most critical strategies a nonprofit has in its arsenal to effect change … and usually are the last expenses to get funded in the nonprofit sector.
Whether you need to create a stronger brand, more powerful collateral, or develop a communication strategy to meet your development and advocacy goals, The Olin Group can help. The right marketing, branding, and communication strategies can generate real returns by helping nonprofits increase community understanding of their efforts and impact.
Are You Communicating Effectively about What You Do … and Why You Do It?
Marketing, Branding, and Communication
Design & Production Services
Brand & Logo Development
Case Statement Development
Brand & Logo Development
Marketing and Communication Assessments
The Olin Group quietly partners with private donors, foundations, and government agencies that are looking for the most effective use for their investment. For these partners, we have developed grant making programs to guide strategic investment, provided capacity building and planning services for funded agencies, and offered administrative management for private foundations.
Our philanthropic services focus on increasing social impact, promoting best practices, and fostering collaboration between nonprofits working on the same issues.
Is Your Investment Making the Right Impact?
Administrative and Planning Services for Funders
Community Investment Strategy Development
Facilitation and Planning Services for Grantees and Funded Partners
RFP Development, Review, and Process Management
Trustee and Board Supportive Services
Collective Impact Models/Facilitation
Nonprofit Coaching and Sustainability Planning
Vibrant, successful organizations all have one thing in common: they are always planning, assessing, and facilitating important strategy discussions to foster growth and change. Small nonprofits have different planning needs than larger nonprofits, and culture, leadership, mission, and life-space all play a role in the formation of a strategic plan.
As a nonprofit leader, you may need a broad strategic plan, a plan for staff development, a refreshed program model, an understanding of your financial options, a plan to sustain operations, or many other types of planning. No matter how good the plan, no plan can be implemented well without a rigorous validation process and the buy-in of leadership, staff, board, and key stakeholders. To achieve this buy-in, The Olin Group works to provide planning and assessment services that are customized to the needs of each organization, and that bolster operational and programmatic capacity.