- Communities Foundation of Texas
Strategy to aid working poor families.
- Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Strategy to prevent, detect, and address youth substance use.
- The California Endowment
Strategic review to engage community, revealing opportunities for Building Healthy Communities initiative.
- Aetna Foundation
Signature initiative design for greater impact in the healthcare space.
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We work with funders to create lasting change.
- We help staff and boards develop a vision for how they can contribute to transformative change.
- We support foundations in their efforts to structure and support community engagement to help surface community-identified priorities.
- We develop comprehensive plans that identify clear goals and powerful strategies to strengthen our clients' ability to create change.
- We create action plans to implement new strategies, including high-level communication plans, suggested changes to grant, staffing, and governance processes, and key evaluation metrics and learning techniques.
- We design evaluation systems and conduct evaluations to improve decision making and learning, so that initiatives, programs, and strategies adapt to changing conditions.
CLOTILDE DEDECKER, PRESIDENT & CEO
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR GREATER BUFFALO
and FSG BOARD MEMBER
How We Work
Our approach to strategic planning allows FSG to be a highly effective partner. Our philanthropy work is based on 5 qualities.
- Ability to manage complexity and to take a systems view.
We gather appropriate data, generate strategic insights, and make recommendations based on a holistic understanding of how social change occurs.
- Linking strategy and evaluation.
We believe questions about the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, and impact of strategy should guide an evaluation, and that strategic decision making should be informed by continuous monitoring, learning, and evaluation.
- Stakeholder engagement and co-creation.
We know that the best answers come from pooling the collective wisdom of many different actors, and we believe that collaboration across sectors is the key to social change. We are skilled in engaging diverse sets of individuals to spark new ideas, and add value to the planning process.
- Partnership orientation.
Our clients are partners in the strategy development process, and we seek to incorporate their ideas, expertise, and on-the-ground experience. When we embark on a journey with our clients, we often stay involved to help with the on-the-ground realities of implementation.
- Desire to build philanthropic and nonprofit fields.
We develop new frameworks to accelerate social change, working with partners to test and refine ideas.
Research and Tools
- “Catalytic Philanthropy,” Stanford Social Innovation Review
Read the article by Mark Kramer about how can donors take an active role in addressing some of the world’s biggest challenges.
- “Strategic Philanthropy for a Complex World,” Stanford Social Innovation Review
Foundations need to shift to an emergent model that better fits the realities of creating social change in a complex world.
- Disrupting Poverty: Coming Together to Build Financial Security for Individuals and Communities
Best practices and lessons learned from efforts working to build financial security in the U.S.
- Redefining Expectations for Place-Based Philanthropy
Following a midcourse review of its Building Healthy Communities strategy, The California Endowment elected to refine its approach.
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