Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum (the Museum) is a nonpartisan, privately funded 501(c)3. As a leading educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating women’s past and present contributions, the online Museum highlights the impact of women in our nation’s social, cultural, economic, and political life. The Museum envisions a future where women’s history comes to life inside a dedicated physical space on Washington, DC’s National Mall.

Orr Group partnered with the Museum to assess its fundraising operations and potential to expand and diversify revenue generation. We undertook discovery and research, including interviews with staff, board members, and consultants. The outcome was a full report detailing our findings and recommending next steps for the Museum to support major gifts and annual fundraising.

Building on our findings and recommendations from this work, the Museum and Orr Group continued our partnership to focus on two core elements of the organization: board development and major gifts. We worked with the Museum to inventory the knowledge, skills, and backgrounds of current members and identify a strong pipeline of over 40 national leaders as potential prospects for the Board.

On the major gifts front, we drafted a case for support and launched a major giving society, the 1920 Society. The 1920 Society provides recognition and creates a community for individual donors who contribute at least $10,000 annually to the Museum. Orr Group and the Museum are continuing to work together to identify major gifts prospects and implement cultivation strategies to recruit and engage new 1920 Society members. As part of this effort, we are coordinating and hosting virtual and in-person salons across the country, designed to introduce new individuals to the Museum and cultivate existing relationships.

Orr Group worked with the Museum to inventory the knowledge, skills and backgrounds of current members and identify a strong pipeline of over 40 national leaders as prospects for the board.