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The Ostara Group

The Ostara Group

Ostara provides both strategic counsel and tactical support in Development, Grants, Capital Campaigns, and Strategic Planning - often emphasizing the connections across these areas. When working with Ostara consultants, you can expect collaborative, empathetic partners. Your staff and board will gain a new perspective, skills, and tools as a result of partnering with Ostara. We meet you where you are right now. Since 2009, our team of coaches, leaders, and fundraisers has worked with over 350 nonprofits of all sizes, in all sectors and stages of development. We are here to help you do what you do best!

104 W Roy St
Seattle, WA 98119-3830


Kyle Halmrast
Direct line: (206) 384-0681



  • Board coaching & training
  • Board coaching & training
  • Board recruitment & development
  • Board roles & responsibilities
  • Board self-evaluation


  • Board meetings/retreats

Fundraising & Development

  • Capital campaigns
  • Development audits/assessments
  • Development planning
  • Donor recognition
  • Endowment campaigns
  • Event planning & management
  • Feasibility studies
  • Fund development/research
  • Fundraising
  • Grant writing
  • Major gifts/planned giving
  • Online/social media fundraising

Interim Management

  • Interim development officer
  • Interim executive director/CEO

Management & Operations

  • Operating policies/procedures
  • Operations management
  • Organizational analysis

Planning & Organizational Development

  • Emergency & continuity planning
  • Executive advisor
  • Mission & vision development
  • Organizational development
  • Planning
  • Strategic planning

Turnaround Management & Mergers

  • Mergers
  • Turnaround management

About The Ostara Group

Nonprofits play a vital role in supporting social change and solving some of society’s most pressing issues. But that work can be incredibly tough when you’re also struggling with organizational challenges. The Ostara Group, a full service consulting firm, was founded specifically to help nonprofits improve fundraising in alignment with broader organizational needs and goals. Our four areas of service are Development, Grants, Capital Campaigns, and Strategic Planning & Facilitation.

What It's Like to Work With Ostara
At its core, our work is relational. We have extensive experience as fundraisers, and we are community-oriented people, so relationship building permeates everything we do here at Ostara. The more we can foster strong connections and conversations, the more successfully we see our clients achieve their mission.

Over the years, Ostara developed a sincerely collaborative culture, and we believe that cross-pollination of services and expertise is one of the keys in our ability to effect organizational change. Here are some examples of the way our services work together:
- Our grants consultants are uniquely trained to draw connections between grant work and broader initiatives in your organization. Too often grantwriting happens in a silo. We integrate grantwriting with the big picture, be it a capital campaign, your strategic plan, or building your next annual budget.
- Our campaign consultants look at organizational readiness for a campaign, assessing board development, annual fund, major gifts, and organizational culture.
- We integrate strategic planning with development planning; this helps you not only define your next chapter but also map out how you will fund it.

Custom-Built Change
Our process is to listen carefully to your needs and custom design a project to help you achieve your goals. We don’t believe one-size-fits-all; we will apply best practices to your unique circumstances in a way that fits your culture, mission, and experiences. We will center your work and the voice of the community you serve.

Background Info.

Subsector Experience

  • Arts and culture
  • Children, youth, and families
  • Community development
  • Disability issues
  • Economic development
  • Education
  • Employment and training
  • Environment
  • Faith-based
  • Healthcare
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Immigrant and refugee
  • International NGOs/nonprofits
  • LGBT issues
  • Mental health/Substance abuse
  • None
  • Nonprofit sector issues
  • Philanthropy
  • Senior services
  • Small grassroots organizations
  • Social services - general
  • Sports and recreation
  • Volunteerism

Cultural Experience

  • African
  • African American
  • Asian/Pacific Islander
  • Hispanic/Latino

Fee Structure

  • By project
  • Daily rate
  • Hourly rate
  • Installments based on project schedule
  • Not to exceed
  • Pro bono
  • Retainer

Professional Affiliations / Licenses

  • Nonprofit Association of Oregon
  • Puget Sound Grantwriters Association
  • Washington Nonprofits

County Availability

  • Adams
  • Asotin
  • Benton
  • Chelan
  • Clallam
  • Clark
  • Columbia
  • Cowlitz
  • Douglas
  • Ferry
  • Franklin
  • Garfield
  • Grant
  • Grays Harbor
  • Island
  • Jefferson
  • King
  • King - Eastside
  • King - North
  • King - Seattle
  • King - South
  • Kitsap
  • Kittitas
  • Klickitat
  • Lewis
  • Lincoln
  • Mason
  • Okanogan
  • Pacific
  • Pend Oreille
  • Pierce
  • San Juan
  • Skagit
  • Skamania
  • Snohomish
  • Spokane
  • Stevens
  • Thurston
  • Wahkiakum
  • Walla Walla
  • Whatcom
  • Whitman
  • Yakima

County Experience

  • Clallam
  • Cowlitz
  • Grays Harbor
  • Island
  • Jefferson
  • King
  • Kitsap
  • Kittitas
  • Mason
  • Pacific
  • Pierce
  • San Juan
  • Skagit
  • Snohomish
  • Spokane
  • Thurston
  • Walla Walla
  • Whatcom