• Managing change is the principal challenge to even the most effective organizations.
  • These are challenging times for higher education and non-profits: the competition for resources has never been more intense, and the window for success has shortened considerably.
  • The most successful organizations are mission-focused, reflective and strategic; they know whom they serve, and how they intend to evolve and improve.
  • The right consulting partner can bring strategic clarity and objectivity, and help good leaders and staff build institutional capacity.

Jack Oldham, Ph.D.


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981-90, 2002-2012)

  • 20 years in Resource Development
  • associate director of development office
  • director of development services
  • director of foundation relations (foundation support to MIT exceeded $748M in eight years)
  • senior strategic advisor to Vice President (capital campaign planning)
  • capital campaign experience

Oldham & Associates

  • 10 years as an independent consultant (1992-2002)
  • worked with more than 30 clients, mostly higher education and non-profits
  • led institutional assessments, strategic planning processes
  • led evaluation studies on behalf of universities and the foundation community

Bryant University, Smithfield, RI (1990-92)

  • associate vice president for institutional advancement
  • director of development
  • taught Complex Organizations in the MBA program

St. Joseph's University, Philadephia, PA (1976-81)

  • assistant professor of sociology
  • associate department head
  • vice president of Faculty Senate
  • coordinator of academic computing
  • taught graduate course in Organizational Behavior and Sociology of Higher Education


  • Ph.D., Rutgers University, 1976 (Sociology/Organizational Behavior)
  • B.S., Seton Hall University, 1970


Support for Resource Development

  • organizational assessment and benchmarking
  • organizational design
  • metrics
  • planning
  • training and staff development
  • capital campaign planning
  • case development

Support to the Foundation Community

  • strategic planning
  • evaluation services
  • philanthropic due diligence studies (pre-grant and pre-renewal)

Support for Smaller Institutions

  • governance and board development
  • strategic planning
  • building institutional capacity for fundraising



  • Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Moscow, Russian Federation)
  • Department of Resource Development, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Center for Technology Development and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Rutgers University, Bureau of Economic Research
  • Dartmouth College (NH) *
  • Oregon State University
  • Marian College (IN) †
  • Bryant University (RI)
  • Orchard Country Day School (IN) †
  • Franklin College (IN) †
  • Westminster College (MO)
  • University of Baltimore
  • Worcester State University (MA)
  • Westminster School (TN) †
  • Oregon Graduate Institute (merged into Oregon Health & Science University)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute *
  • Eliot Montessori School (MA)


  • The Lilly Endowment, Inc. †
  • Robert W. Deutsch Foundation (MD)
  • The Lacy Foundation (IN) †
  • Foellinger Foundation (IN) †
  • Ball Brothers Foundation (IN) †


  • American Burn Association
  • Indianapolis Zoo †
  • Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra †
  • Zoological Society of Houston
  • Indiana Youth Institute †
  • YWCA of Topeka‡
  • West Suburban YMCA (MA)
  • Government Studies and Systems, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA.)

* - with Marts & Lundy
† - with Johnson Grossnickle and Associates
‡ - with Laudick/Brown & Associates

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