Creating organizations and grant-making strategies

We can help you plan, develop and build a new funding portfolio, or a whole new organization, to achieve your mission goals.

Our experience includes

  • Building a new $10 million p.a. portfolio of grants that deployed the funding of journalism, film, storytelling and campaigns to shift narratives and influence decision-makers

  • Assessing, reforming and re-launching a community foundation’s donor advised fund strategy and portfolio

  • Designing and launching 100 Resilient Cities – a $160 million effort to support 100 cities worldwide in developing a resilience strategy and then accessing private-sector funding for implementation


Building teams

We can help you craft the best organizational structure for a communications or foundation team, allowing your organization to deploy its brand and influence value for maximum impact.

Our experience includes:

  • Building, or re-building, communications teams and functions at two large government agencies and a global philanthropy. The teams have varied in size from ten to fifteen to 33 people.

  • Leading recruitment of multiple new board members for a community foundation


Cross-sector collaboration

We can help you leverage the power of public, private, philanthropic and non-profit collaboration to form coalitions and access funding.  We do so with an awareness of the particular strengths and needs of each sector.

Our experience includes:

  • Leveraging The Rockefeller Foundation brand and reputation to engage the private sector in resilience-building: creating 100 Resilient Cities which now has 70 external partners committing hundred of millions of dollars to member cities.

  • Using a $3 million Rockefeller Foundation grant to a post-Superstorm Sandy recovery competition to leverage $1 billion in US government disaster funds being deployed in a smarter and more resilient way.

  • Working closely with the World Economic Forum to launch new work and build private sector partnerships.



We can help you develop – or assess – communications strategies, develop branding and messaging, provide writing and editing services and get you in front of a camera for communications training.

Our experience includes:

  • Developing and implementing an influence strategy that deployed The Rockefeller Foundation's brand, reputation, knowledge, networks, and convening power to leverage millions of additional dollars for priority work, catalyze shifts in public dialogue and change public policy and business practice.

  • Building a powerful thought leadership platform on the new field of resilience including deploying The Resilience Dividend  (a book by former Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin).

  • Developing and managing an external affairs strategy for Mayor Bloomberg’s 165,000 unit affordable housing plan.


We can help you magnify your impact.


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