Military and veteran caregivers — spouses, parents, and others — providing home-based care for their loved-ones injured on the battlefield represent an unpaid workforce saving the United States billions in health care costs. The Elizabeth Dole Foundation (the Foundation) strengthens and empowers America’s military caregivers and their families by raising public awareness, driving research, championing policy, and leading collaborations to significantly impact their lives.

In conjunction with its recently completed strategic plan, the Foundation sought a high-level development assessment focused on creating a robust development operation to support diversified and increased philanthropic revenue as well as the structure and leadership for a signature fundraising event to be staged in 2018. The fundraising event would serve several important purposes:

  • To create a public platform for the organization that goes above and beyond the extraordinary efforts of Senator Elizabeth Dole to raise awareness and generate support
  • To reward and recognize both the hidden heroes it supports, and the untiring efforts of its own staff
  • To reinforce and grow relationships with key donors, and inspire their on-going generosity, and
  • To raise significant revenue that could be invested in furthering the Foundation’s mission and broadening the support it provides to its communities.

Over a three-month period, Orr Group reviewed documents, interviewed internal and external stakeholders as well as peer organizations, and conducted an environmental scan to assess the Foundation’s current fundraising operations and future potential.

Orr Group organized its recommendations around the four pillars of fundraising – case, leadership, donors and systems – and identified many strategies for the Foundation to pursue over the next one to two years to develop a robust development operation and fully realize its fundraising potential.

Orr Group also proposed a vision and concept for a unique fundraising event. The event would bring corporate sponsors, individual donors, and caregivers and their families together in a casual and ADA-accessible setting to recognize sponsors and celebrate the extraordinary work of caregivers. Orr Group’s recommendations were well-received by the Foundation’s staff and Senator Elizabeth Dole.

Orr Group proposed a vision and concept for a unique fundraising event. The event would bring corporate sponsors, individual donors, and caregivers and their families together in a casual and ADA-accessible setting to recognize sponsors and celebrate the extraordinary work of caregivers.