Arnold Olson Associates offers the distinct advantage of in-depth knowledge and experience in all areas of fund development. When you establish a relationship with Arnold Olson Associates, you will benefit from more than 28 years of experience in annual giving, capital campaigns, planned giving, endowment development, dar ta base management and donor cultivation – in short, virtually every aspect of a successful fund development program. That comprehensive knowledge and ability to see the big picture ensures that youproject will be integrated into your overall efforts for consistency and long-term success.

Approach and Philosophy

Each not-for-profit organization has its own strengths, challenges and circumstances. Based on that belief, our process begins with an in-depth discussion – listening, evaluating, and working with you to create a program that meets your individual needs. Arnold Olson Associates will then help you develop and implement the systems and skills to meet your goals today as well as take you the next step into the future.


Helen Arnold, a Certified Fund Raising Executive, has a rich background in fund development, special events, management, finance, and community involvement. For the past 28 years in both her professional and personal life, fund raising has been a passion. Under Helen’s leadership as Director of Development for the YWCA of Cedar Rapids and Linn County, virtually every area of the fund development program showed significant increases including annual corporate solicitations, which increased by nearly 300 percent, and the endowment fund, by 200 percent. At the same time, Helen’s experience in business, banking, investments, and small business ownership allows her to draw upon another level of insight and skill in successful operations, planning and strategy.

Helen continues to be involved in the community, giving of her time and talents currently to 20 different area organizations. The Cedar Rapids Visioning Committee, Rotary International, Kingston Hill Home for Aged Women, Ad Hoc Non-Profit Funding in Our Community Initiative, Boys and Girls Club of Cedar Rapids, Variety Club of Iowa, Theatre Cedar Rapids and Boy Scouts of America are just of few of those who benefit from Helen’s expertise.


Arnold-Olson Associates also calls upon the expertise of other team members through established relationships with a network of professionals. From strategic planning to market research, when specific needs arise these seasoned professionals will bring their expertise to your organization

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   3840 Bever Avenue SE
Cedar Rapids, Iowa  52403
     Office: 319.362.4674
    Cellular: 319.431.2267
       Fax: 319.365.4963
      Helen Arnold; CFRE