PeerForward (formerly known as College Summit) recognized that schools were failing to help students in low income communities attain their college dreams. Its program trains, deploys and coaches peer leaders to mobilize their friends and classmates. Over the two decades since its founding, PeerForward has placed more than 250,000 students from 500 high schools nationwide on the path to college and career success.

Orr Group’s work with PeerForward over the duration of our four-year partnership has been multi-faceted and has included:

  • Providing outsourced leadership and staffing for the fundraising function nationally, serving in strategic and frontline fundraising roles to cultivate, solicit, and steward foundation, corporate and individual donors. Over the course of our partnership, PeerForward has raised over $30M, reversing a trend of declining philanthropic revenue.
  • Leading the fundraising, programmatic and sales functions in the Northeast region, with an Orr Group professional serving as the Regional Executive Director. This collaboration has yielded significant program results, growth in the number of school partnerships and the region’s highest ever fundraising outcomes.
  • Focusing on board engagement and growth identifying, recruiting and engaging both national and regional board members. Seven national board members and six regional board members were recruited and on-boarded through these efforts.
  • Planning and managing the organization’s first fundraising gala and the subsequent two annual galas raising over $2 million over the three events.

Over the course of our 4-year partnership, PeerForward has raised over $300 million, reversing a trend of declining philanthropic revenue.