The Olin Group

By: The Olin Group  09-12-2011
Keywords: Marketing, Strategic Planning, Due Diligence

The Olin Group provides strategic support at many levels of nonprofit operations.  We work with our clients to determine the best strategies to meet their needs, foster sustainable projects, and bolster organizational capacity – all based on current analysis of the market and philanthropic environment.

Much of the value inherent in strategic planning comes from the process itself.  Managed correctly, strategic plans reflect common visions, goals, strategies, and timeframes generated by the process itself.  The Olin Group offers strategic planning support that helps agencies develop realistic, attainable goals that align with their missions, lead to consensus between staff, board, and stakeholders, and provide solutions to key, time-sensitive challenges.  We also offer strategic evaluation to help organizations improve their program outcomes and further their missions in impactful ways.  Our lead evaluators guide clients through development and/or review of evaluation plans that focus on outcomes at all levels - short, intermediate, and long‐term.  Our goal is to make sure that the evaluation provides the desired information with minimum intrusion on program operations.Our strategic evaluation products and services include:
  • Data Collection, Analysis, and Report Creation
  • Evaluation Design
  • Staff Training and Support
  • Survey Creation and Analysis
The Olin Group annually secures millions of dollars in private and public grant funding for its clients.  We do this by strategically identifying current program priorities, and then identifying the best strategies to address those priorities given the current philanthropic environment.  Because funding trends and program needs shift frequently, the strategic planning and research conducted on behalf of each client's programs is as important as the quality writing and grant design that we provide to assure the submittal of competitive applications.  Our development products and services include:
  • Assessment of Program Strength and Fundability
  • Business Plan Development
  • Fund Research
  • Grant Writing and Proposal Development
  • Sustainability/Financial Scenario Planning
It is important to note that while we do due diligence on funder process and grant parameters, and maintain relations with many California funders, we do not directly approach funders on behalf of any of our clients.  Our role is to provide strategic development support behind the scenes that allows agencies to spend their time and resources developing relationships with funders.  This protects our neutral standing in the community, and encourages those most familiar with their agency's achievements to speak passionately to potential donors. The Olin Group provides administration services for family foundations and private endowments. Serving as the public face for private philanthropy, our foundation and grants management products and services include:
  • Grant Evaluation, Distribution, and Management
  • Investment Administration
  • Public Relations and Communications
  • Request for Proposal Development and Dissemination
  • Trustee or Board Supportive Services
The Olin Group provides strategic support for regional initiatives designed to bolster capacity across the sector.  Ranging from behind-the-scenes program design to public facilitation of initiatives, our support services include:
  • Accounting
  • Community Needs Assessments
  • Event Planning
  • Fiscal Sponsorship
  • Marketing and Branding
  • Seed Funding Support
  • Steering Committee Support
Given our understanding of philanthropic trends and community engagement challenges faced by all nonprofit organizations, The Olin Group is uniquely positioned to support the communication and marketing efforts of our clients. In fact, the strategies that we use to raise our clients' revenue are equally applicable to the development of appropriate messaging, communication, and media to attract attention to their missions - especially in an increasingly crowded sector.To this end, we employ experienced and quality designers and programmers to support the creation of strategic and brand-consistent communication vehicles. Our marketing products and services include:
  • Annual Reports
  • Brand Strategy and Development
  • Brochures
  • Case Statements
  • Direct Mail
  • Fact Sheets
  • Newsletters
  • Presentations
  • Websites
The Olin Group provides fiscal sponsorship services through Charitable Ventures of Orange County (CVOC), a nonprofit organization that we established to address the needs of local projects without their own 501(c)(3). Our vision is to provide emerging charitable ventures with incubation and fiscal accounting services to meet the diverse needs of the region's population. Find out more at . Fiscal sponsorship and accounting services include:
  • Administering grants and reports
  • Check processing and issuance for expenses, I9s, and 1099s
  • Maintaining accounting records
  • Managing income and disbursements
  • Managing outside audits and reviews
  • Payroll tax remittance and filings
  • Preparing federal and state annual information returns
  • Providing receipt and acknowledgement of tax-deductible donations and grants
  • Providing timely financial reporting to the program's advisory board

Keywords: Due Diligence, Marketing, Strategic Planning