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Apter & O’Connor helps you foster fidelity to your mission. Nonprofits, school districts, and similar entities have special obligations to be good stewards of public trust. We build and burnish that trust by evaluating your systems and services. That’s the evaluation part. But we don’t stop there. Our professionals apply decades of successful national experience to nurture healthy, vigorous, and sustainable growth.

We envision, challenge, monitor, measure, facilitate, teach, train, coach, champion. Let us count the ways: workshops, grant writing, surveys, focus groups, interviews, case studies, document reviews, observations, statistical analysis, retreats, literature reviews, program reviews, reports, presentations, and plans.

What does this mean for your organization? At first, it’s a reality check (sometimes a splash of cold water). Apter & O’Connor guides nonprofits and others to:

  • make better decisions (based on real data)
  • manage more efficiently
  • save time or money (or both)
  • measure success or failure
  • demonstrate impact and value
  • improve outcomes


  • “Evaluation involves assessing the strengths and weaknesses
    of programs, policies, personnel, products, and organizations
    to improve their effectiveness.”

That’s from the American Evaluation Association. Our evaluations follow AEA’s guiding
principles for ethical practice and rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods. The benefits
to you: data and analysis to gauge effectiveness and chart improvement. Funders like that. So do we.


  • “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”

That’s what Michael Bloomberg tweeted in April of 2014. We agree, Mike. Apter &
O’Connor’s veteran researchers rigorously draw upon qualitative and quantitative evidence
to help organizations be smart about dollars, decisions, and delivery of services. We do this for the
3-D world, not the Ivory Tower. We measure to help you manage. (It’s not rocket science, but it is science.)

Grant Writing

  • Ferreting out grants is one thing. Writing grants is another.
    But securing grants is the thing.

As longtime nonprofit and public-sector grant specialists, we have our ears to the grants ground.
Apter & O’Connor helps discover funding opportunities (granted, they are not always grants),
assists with writing grant proposals, and even helps with implementation once funds are secured.
This is a win-win-win situation (and that is really something).

Professional Learning

  • You can’t use a rotary phone to send emails.

Professional development is not about staying current; it’s about staying ahead.
Without truly continuing education, organizations become stagnant. We don’t
want you to fall prey to that. Apter & O’Connor custom-designs training or professional learning
— by workshops, webinars, or whatever mode best suits your organization. It’s all geared toward better outcomes.


Strategic Planning and
Capacity Building

  • Imagine installing iron pylons in the water, building the deck,
    and then discovering the bedrock on the other side can’t support
    the bridge. Oops.

Apter & O’Connor designs strategic plans to address your organizational needs. We collaborate
with you to discern and articulate your challenges and goals. And then we roll up our sleeves
and sharpen our pencils (or clean our keyboards) to come up with a blueprint for improvement.
We help you expand organizational capacity (think of it like infrastructure, yes, like a bridge) through
enhanced funding opportunities, focus, staffing, and better ways of completing tasks.