What We Do

Innovative donors need partners that can provide professional, tailored and specialized guidance. Discover how we can help translate your unique motivations into effective initiatives.

Our Approach

Quite simply, we help donors create thoughtful, effective philanthropy. We do this by: providing advisory, management and implementation services for families, foundations and other philanthropic initiatives; by incubating innovative and early-stage nonprofits and donor collaboratives; and by sharing insights and producing publications on philanthropic approaches, strategies and practices.

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Strategy & Consulting

We translate your ideas and intentions into a program that charts a clear path to your desired impact. As seasoned consultants with years of experience working with individuals, families, corporations and foundations, we employ a collaborative, iterative process that helps you assess your current approach and build consensus from key stakeholders around a shared vision for the future. The result is a forward-looking strategy informed by our findings and expertise, but ultimately bearing your imprint.

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Management & Implementation

Whether you have no staff or simply need additional support, ɫ team members can act in a variety of capacities: in senior roles, as program officers or as support personnel. We can manage individual programs or serve as a full-service foundation office, facilitating board meetings, managing grantmaking, developing impact assessment strategies and overseeing communications.

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Fiscal Sponsorship

For donors whose funding goals require a neutral but professionally managed fiscal home, ɫ offers comprehensive fiscal sponsorship services that can help you make an impact quickly and efficiently. We currently support the development of innovative, high-impact projects for funders around the globe including foundations, major corporations, government agencies, and collaborations of donors who pool their resources for greater impact.

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Thought Leadership and Global Research

As a leading philanthropic advisory, we take our role as a thought leader seriously and produce educational and research-based materials on an ongoing basis. We believe that knowledge sharing advances the philanthropic sector and we engage with emerging topics in order to drive innovation. From The Philanthropy Roadmap series of guides on strategic philanthropy, to our monographs on Impact Investing and our emerging body of work on the Theory of the Foundation, ɫ is a trusted resource for philanthropic best practices and insights on issues of strategic importance to the sector.