Drive positive social change
Brace for impact.
Leveling the playing field in social change
We foster long-term relationships with our social-impact partners and collaborate with our clients to scale and grow their social impact. Our framework for catalyzing transformational change is through challenging and empowering our clients to re-think how their business model can address root causes of systemic social challenges.
Accelerate. Replicate. Innovate.
Advisory services range from helping a donor identify charitable interests and philanthropic goals to preparing a comprehensive plan for foundation operations to succession planning. We will organize the initial framework of a donor’s charitable vehicle, including the design of its mission, structure, policies, funding priorities, and grant guidelines. can help a donor prioritize philanthropic fields of interest, types of programs, and recipient populations, and can also independently assess proposals and funding requests. We can keep donors apprised of potential collaborative funding opportunities and inform them of special initiatives within an area of interest. We research areas of concern and prepare position papers for the donor. These papers provide background on a particular issue and identify alternative funding approaches and potential collaborative funding partners. Our foundation management services offer a cost-effective solution for new or established foundations seeking the benefits of professional foundation management without the complications or expense of establishing and staffing an office. The board maintains full control, but is relieved of the demands of the daily operations. This allows them to concentrate on the bigger picture.
As professional nonprofit consultants, we provide grant writing services for nonprofit organizations. Our services will help you compete for private and public grant dollars through well-crafted and strategically positioned grant applications. We access subscription-based databases and pore over lists of thousands of possible grants. Then, we develop a list off strong matches with grantmakers and your organization. This report can stand alone for your own in-house use, or as a jumping off point for us to assist with grant writing.
Strategic and Visual Storytelling
Effective social impact stories create emotion and drive action. Storytelling is an essential component of an effective social impact organization, but few have a firm grasp on how to develop sustainable stories and processes. And fewer still have strong cultures of storytelling. Effective stories can create action and can build movements, mobilize supporters and spur volunteerism or monetary support for your organization. But we’re now entering a phase of storytelling saturation from an organizational point-of-view. We are headed into an entirely new stratosphere of storytelling –one where you have to be able to differentiate yourself from millions of other stories being told. We all know stories are powerful. But when you add a visual element, you ignite emotions and audience connection. A visual narrative (also visual storytelling) is a story told primarily through the use of visual media. The story may be told using still photography, illustration, or video, and can be enhanced with graphics, music, voice and other audio. Visual Storytelling is one of the most effective ways to engage your audience. Our story telling chops come through story banking, photography, and film coupled with a strategically designed social media strategy.
The term “collective impact” caught attention in an article published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review in 2011. The authors (all consultants with the firm FSG) made a powerful observation that:
“The complex nature of most social problems belies the idea that any single program or organization, however well managed and funded, can singlehandedly create lasting large scale change.”
A successful collective impact initiative depends on a number of elements including a “backbone” organization that provides material support and sometimes resources to keep it going. Among other elements, it also depends on the co-creation of a shared goals, consistent and open communication between all the participants, so that everyone is informed, engaged and stays motivated over time. Collective impact seems very similar to plain old “collaboration,” but the intentional structure differentiates it in such a way that that the approach is more likely to solve complex social problems.
Any strategic planning process is about getting from Point A to Point B. We have to first be clear about where we are now, where we want to go and how we are going to get there. Strategy sessions run internally usually turn into staff meetings. The status-quo does not get challenged, and group-think goes unchecked. Sensitive issues are carefully avoided, past failures get swept under the carpet. Organizational weaknesses do not get addressed. As experienced strategy consultants we bring a fresh and independent perspective, as well as a proven planning process to support strategic thinking and smart decision making about your organization’s direction, encapsulated in your strategic plan. Recent behavioral research has shown that when groups focus on solving problems, they become depressed, but when they formulate plans by working backward from what they want to create, they develop energy, enthusiasm, optimism and high commitment.
Purpose-Driven Content Marketing and Communications
Nonprofits and organizations focused on positive social change are familiar with writing articles. However, with so much information on the web today, the marketing strategies for success will be more complex than the traditional blog post. To truly reach your goals your site must tell a story and include various other elements. Many believe that the terms social media and content marketing are interchangeable, but they’re not—they are quite different. Having lots of content is great, but it’s nothing without an audience. That’s where social media marketing can guarantee the success of your content strategy. The growth of social media platforms has become an integral part of content marketing.
We work with mission driven organizations from nonprofits, to government organizations, funders, philanthropists, corporations and start-ups who want to have a positive social impact as they grow their enterprise. We help you create world-class strategy and insights.