About Us

The Oram Group was founded by Harold L. Oram in 1940. In the shadow of World War II, he and a few colleagues literally wanted to change the world – by stimulating social betterment through philanthropic response. In the early days, the firm concentrated on direct mail fund raising, and Harold Oram was a pioneer in using modern direct marketing techniques to stimulate social change. Over time however, our clients changed and their broader needs demanded that we develop professional competencies in every aspect of nonprofit philanthropic management – which we did: expertise in capital and annual fund raising, institutional assessments, strategic planning, organizational development, governance and board leadership.

We have served every category of charity: education, religion, health, welfare, services to youth and the elderly, social action, civil rights, the environment, and the visual and performing arts. Our clients have come to depend on us for fresh ideas, comprehensive nonprofit experience, total reliability, measurable achievements and above all, unflinching integrity.

Henry (Hank) Goldstein

Henry (Hank) GoldsteinThe Oram Group, Inc. is led by Henry (Hank) Goldstein. He is past chair of Giving USA Foundation, and former international chairman and president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and in New York where, in 2014 he was re-elected to the chapter board. His clients have included Chautauqua Institution, American Craft Council, American India Foundation, Lingnan Foundation, The Cooper Union, Children's Health Fund, amfAR, Stamford Health Foundation, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Foundation, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, CRUDEM Foundation/Knights of Malta Association, St. Francis College, Human Rights Campaign, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Family Health International, Africa-America Institute, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, Lesbian Gay Bi-Sexual & Transgendered Community Center, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Friends of the High Line, New York Urban League, Actors Fund of America and Jewish Senior Life (Rochester).

Mr. Goldstein has been an advisor to foundations and families of wealth with emphasis on giving strategies and grantees' accountability issues. Foundations served include Kresge and Ford. Ford and Rockefeller Brothers Fund have previously referred organizations to Oram for client services. In 2013 he formed Family Foundation Management/Counsel, LLC to work with new and emerging entities.

He is immediate past president of the board of trustees of Women's Prison Association, immediate past Chairman of PICO National Network, former trustee and treasurer of Jazzmobile and trustee emeritus of Berkshire Theater Festival. Mr. Goldstein serves on the national scholarship award committee of the Jackie Robinson Foundation. He is co-author of Dear Friend, Mastering the Art of Direct Mail Fundraising and his publication So You Want to be a Consultant! was published in 2006. Opinion and commentary on current philanthropic trends may be found on the blog Oram Matters, accessed directly on line or through the company's web site.

He is adjunct professor of philanthropic management at Milano The New School for Management and Urban Policy and has overseen 300 studies of nonprofit organizations by his graduate students over 20 years of teaching. In 2013 he received a Muskie MAX Award through the US State Department and worked with 30 NGOs in Kyrgyzstan.

Marilyn Bancel

Marilyn BancelMarilyn Bancel has rejoined The Oram Group as partner and director of our San Francisco-based West Coast office, following two and a half years as in-house development director at CuriOdyssey Museum, a former Oram client.

She has long been active with the Association of Fundraising Professionals Golden Gate Chapter, for which she has served as board member and officer and as chair of various programs and events, serving in 2000 and 2009 as co-chair of National Philanthropy Day. Marilyn is a recipient of the chapter’s Hank Rosso Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award (2002). In addition to consulting, Marilyn has been Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco where she has taught Capital Campaigns and Major Gifts in the College of Professional Studies, Institute of Nonprofit Management. She is author of the long-popular workbook, Preparing Your Capital Campaign (Jossey Bass/Wiley 2000).

Marilyn’s current client focus includes all facets of the work needed to position an organization to conduct major gift fund-raising and campaigns — feasibility and planning studies, organizational analysis, board development, prospect engagement, and strategic or institutional planning. In addition to CuriOdyssey other clients have included San Francisco Girls Chorus, World Arts West, Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco, California Academy of Sciences, Glide Foundation, Headlands Center for the Arts, Human Rights Campaign, Peninsula Interfaith Action, National Foster Youth Action Network, Bar Association of San Francisco, Raphael House, Synergy School, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, University of California Press Foundation, Population Action International, United Religions Initiative, and many others.

Prior to joining Oram, Marilyn worked for fifteen years as an institutional fund-raiser — as director of development for The Exploratorium, a museum of science, art and technology — and an Oram client served by Oram partner Hank Goldstein. She was also director of development for The Oakland Symphony; and as founder and executive director of East Bay Performance, Inc., publisher of the bi-weekly journal Bay Arts Review. Before entering the non-profit field, she lived for three years in Turkey where she operated an 80-person cottage craft and clothing export business.