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About Rob DeOrio

Rob DeOrio brings more than 30 years of experience working for and with nonprofit organizations, helping them build capacity, grow fundraising, sustain operations, and raise more than $190 million. Rob began his fundraising career in 1990 with A.L. Brourman Associates serving the American Ireland Fund, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, and Vocational Rehabilitation Center (now Life'sWork). Subsequently he served as the director of development and planned giving at the Senator John Heinz History Center for 14 years where he was actively involved in two major capital campaigns and an endowment campaign, was a successful grants writer and event planner, and had an expanded role in business operations and financial oversight. In 2006, Rob rejoined A.L. Brourman Associates as senior consultant, institutional advancement, and was elevated to vice president in 2009 and chief operating officer in 2011. In 2013 he founded DeOrio Strategies Group.

Rob has conducted and implemented a variety of fundraising, organizational development, capacity-building, and philanthropic programs for clients including development assessments and audits, feasibility studies, capital campaigns, strategic plans, planned giving programs, special events, board development and training, annual and major gift programs, governance and gift acceptance policies and procedures, and grants writing. During his career he has served organizations as diverse in size and scope as Another Choice Adoption Agency (Charlotte, NC), Communities In Schools of Pittsburgh-Allegheny County, Community Foundation of Fayette County, Coraopolis Community Development Corporation, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (Scottsdale, AZ; Spring Green, WI), Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Pennsylvania Organization for Women in Early Recovery, Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, Senator John Heinz History Center, Somerset Hospital Foundation, Washington County Community Foundation, and Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, among others.

Rob also has experience in capital, operating, and special project budget development; working with government leaders at the local, state, and federal levels in a public/private partnership; and securing, overseeing, and implementing local, state, and federal funds. Rob has worked with clients to apply for and secure funds from prestigious private and public sources both locally and nationally. A sample includes:

Private Foundations
  • The Ford Foundation         

  • The Henry Luce Foundation

  • J. Paul Getty Trust     

  • McCune Foundation

  • The Hearst Foundations     

  • Richard King Mellon Foundation

  • Heinz Endowments           

  • The Pittsburgh Foundation

  • Kresge Foundation           

  • World Monuments Fund

  • Arizona Commission on the Arts             

  • Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania               

  • Pennsylvania Humanities Council

  • Pennsylvania Arts Council

  • Pennsylvania Library Services & Technology Act

  • Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development             

  • Pennsylvania Neighborhood Assistance Program

  • Pennsylvania Office of Tourism

  • Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program              

  • Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program

  • American Rescue Plan Act                           

  • National Endowment for the Humanities

  • Appalachian Regional Commission

  • Federal Earmarks 

  • National Historical Publications & Records Commission

  • Institute of Museum & Library Services                

  • National Park Service

  • National Endowment for the Arts

  • U.S. Department of Education

  • Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Tourism Fund

  • Sauk County (WI) Arts, Humanities & Historic Preservation Committee

  • Allegheny Regional Asset District

  • Scottsdale (AZ) Cultural Council

  • Phoenix (AZ) Office of Arts & Culture

Rob is a former board member of the Giving Institute, a select group of firms from around the world, which promotes the ethical evolution of professional fundraising and annually publishes Giving USA, the country's definitive statistical guide to philanthropy. He is also a former grants reviewer for the Institute of Museum & Library Services. Rob is active in the community as a board member and treasurer of the West Mifflin Community Foundation; a board member of the Greater Allegheny Educational Foundation; former trustee and past chairman of the board of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund; and an advisor and volunteer for the National Federation of Collegiate Club Sports Leagues (CollClubSports). 

Rob is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Duquesne University. 

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