We work with social entrepreneurs and their funders to build capacity, develop and evaluate programs, and raise money. Our best work is with organizations poised for growth, turnaround, or pivot. We provide strategy, social impact reporting, and fundraising services.
We are connectors, communicators, and creative problem solvers. Over the years, we have raised millions for good and great causes. We’ve taught hundreds of workshops and classes, developed dozens of strategic plans, and advised nonprofit and philanthropy leaders—in the United States and in places around the world. We’ve made grants, managed programs, served on boards, and directed organizations. We’re about strategy, alignment, structure and improvisation in service of making a real difference on problems that matter.
WE'RE IN LOVE.
(Appropriately and professionally, we swear) with people leading organizations that work toward innovation—novel ideas that can have economic impact.
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Combine enterprise with social services or pursuit of social change. Make philanthropic investments in fresh approaches directed at meaningful change.
We come in when leaders need to evaluate strategy and impact and when organizations are facing a turning point for growth or renewal.
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Beginning July 2014, our team will not take on any new project obligations. We will, however, continue to fulfill commitments to all our clients with the help of associates and affiliated consultants. Amy Kincaid, Founder and Principal of ChangeMatters, Benefit LLC, explains the firm’s transition and next steps.
What type of social value or environmental value is your business creating? Most for-purpose businesses and social enterprises are driven by one value theme. The meaningful, powerful, driving social or environmental value exists primarily in • the thing (product or service) that you do or make, • the way you do it (being different from the typical[…]
A guest post today from Phil Duff, a wildly creative college friend and commercial architect who has become a colleague on Lean Methodology, impact investment and community development, and social enterprise facility projects. Phil is also a Star Trek, space science, and environmental lifestyle geek, and he writes Alright, Kincaid: You must check this[…]
In the university class I’m teaching (workplace writing for social enterprise), some of mystudents are developing business plans or turnaround plans. Students (and harried executives and perhaps also, ambitious founders) tend to rush toward action steps, milestones, and deliverables. But they’ll arrive faster if they start from a calm, reflective, tough-minded place of strategy. When possible,[…]
The brief end-of-year season is closing and I find myself shifting to a January spirit for reflection, planning, and setting the pace for the incoming year. Recently, I’ve run across a few ideas that I’m incorporating into my annual reflection and planning. 1. New Year’s Revolutions, instead of Resolutions. Cute with the language. But maybe[…]
A quote is making the socmed rounds today, attributed to Reid Hoffman, a co-founder of LinkedIn, “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” The point is iterate fast and release often. Hmmm…yeah, right, but. I’m a business owner and a (perhaps some would say overly) creative, but[…]
My sustainability and social enterprise circles know my habits and peeves all too well, particularly during this time of year, as sincere holiday celebrations of gratitude give way to mindless consumption for the sake of consuming. Everywhere I turn (my inbox, my social media feeds, etc.) I seem to encounter buzz about buying social, choosing[…]
At a breakfast session of emerging social enterprisers last week, or maybe the week before, we guest speakers were asked about time — how do you manage so many competing priorities (presumably, without going crazy, which in my case presumes much). While we could not offer the wished-for answer, Here is the key to a secret stash[…]