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R.O.Walker Company


Fundraising in service of mission.

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R.O.Walker Company


Fundraising in service of mission.

R. O. Walker Company, LLC

R. O. Walker Company, LLC specializes in working with nonprofit clients in the areas of strategy, fundraising and Board development. Led by Dick Walker, a veteran of more than 35 years in fundraising and philanthropy, our team works closely with each client to design a customized, problem-solving approach to create effective programs that will sustain organizations for many years to come. It’s not enough to solve an immediate problem if a strategic solution is not put in place to address inevitable future challenges.

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Services


Nonprofits are vital to our nation.  They seek to address real problems in areas including education, healthcare, social services, the environment, the arts and many more.  In collaboration with business, government and individuals, nonprofits seek to make our world and those of us who live in it better.

At R. O. Walker Company, all of our engagements seek to build the capacity of each client to achieve its mission.

Services


Nonprofits are vital to our nation.  They seek to address real problems in areas including education, healthcare, social services, the environment, the arts and many more.  In collaboration with business, government and individuals, nonprofits seek to make our world and those of us who live in it better.

At R. O. Walker Company, all of our engagements seek to build the capacity of each client to achieve its mission.

Fundraising

All nonprofits rely on sustainable funding from individuals, foundations, corporations and government.  Building a culture of philanthropy that encourages and celebrates donors and those who gather donations enriches an organization in myriad ways.

Strategy

Achievement of mission, the central goal of every nonprofit, occurs most successfully when approached in an orderly and strategic fashion. Setting an effective strategy demands a collaborative process bringing together all of an organization's stakeholders.  Such a process not only provides a roadmap for future success but encourages investment in a nonprofit's future

Board Development

Successful organizations rely on an effective collaborative partnership of staff, Board and funders.  Though all of these are important, none are more crucial to success than the Board.  Institutional memory, sage advice and counsel, professional expertise and connection to potential funders and other stakeholders - these are just a few of the attributes of strong effective boards.  Effective processes for the recruitment of new members and periodic evaluation provide a continuing leadership resource for the organization.

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Work


"Dick Walker is a valued development advisor and consultant because he listens, knows the philanthropic landscape, takes time to understand your organization's opportunities and challenges and works with you--in a hand's on fashion--from the spark of the idea to completion of the campaign." 

Jack McCarthy, President and CEO, AppleTree Institute

Work


"Dick Walker is a valued development advisor and consultant because he listens, knows the philanthropic landscape, takes time to understand your organization's opportunities and challenges and works with you--in a hand's on fashion--from the spark of the idea to completion of the campaign." 

Jack McCarthy, President and CEO, AppleTree Institute

Sample Clients

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About


Richard O. Walker, III - Principal 

About


Richard O. Walker, III - Principal 

Dick Walker is the Principal of R.O. Walker Company LLC and also serves as a Senior Consultant at Orr Associates, Inc. (OAI), a nonprofit consulting firm with offices in Washington and in New York.  He served as a Managing Director at OAI from 2010 to 2014.  Dick brings more than 35 years of fundraising and development experience primarily in the independent school sector. 

Dick works with his clients on a variety of engagements from board development to capital campaign management to strategic planning.  Dick offers his clients the ability to listen and tailor best practice solutions to each client’s unique culture as well as provide them expert teaching and coaching.  

Additionally, Dick provides his clients the skills to facilitate the various essential partnerships of staff and volunteer leaders.

Before joining OAI, Dick served FBR Capital Markets as Vice President of Corporate Giving from 2004 to 2008. While at FBR, Dick supported the growth and expansion of the firm’s philanthropic efforts, and helped bring in corporate and employee contributions totaling almost $10 million.  He was responsible for the establishment of a comprehensive corporate philanthropy program including four different matching programs for employees, a grants program serving at-risk youth and families and volunteer and pro bono programs. Additionally, he created a five-day residential leadership program for area teenagers held at George Washington University that brought young people into contact with community leaders and FBR employees. Dick helped grow the philanthropic impact of the FBR Open, the largest charitable event of the PGA TOUR regular season with more that $30 million donated to charity from 2004 to 2008.  

Prior to FBR, Dick had a 32-year career at the Landon School as a teacher and as Director of Development from 1982 to 2005. During Dick’s tenure, Landon School’s Development Office saw the creation of new programs and increased revenue under Dick’s leadership. Dick led two capital campaigns for the school, raising more than $25 million in contributions combined, and increased annual giving from $100,000 to almost $1 million a year during his time as the Director of Development. He established a successful annual alumni reunion program resulting in dramatically increased participation by school graduates in funding and other measures of activities. Dick also created a planned giving program, emphasizing bequests and the use of other vehicles to impact Landon’s long-term financial health.

 

Community Activities:

  • Vice-Chair of the Board, Mentors, Inc.

  • Member, Leadership Greater Washington (Class of 2007)

  • Member, Booz Allen Hamilton Nonprofit Speakers Series Committee

Education:

  • A.B, Princeton University, 1973

Personal:

Dick is married with four children and one amazing granddaughter.