In this work, we draw heavily on design thinking to encourage continual experimentation, analysis, and innovation. Below is a gallery of work we’ve undertaken with partners around the world. 



Our team is working with MHM to develop a strategic plan for one of their most significant investments in public health along the U.S.-Mexico border. Coming together to address the region's many critical health challenges, a group of health providers has formed a consortium known as Juntos for Better Health to maximize data and resource sharing and ensure that everyone in the region has access to quality care. Their vision - to make Laredo and the surrounding region the healthiest in America.

The Resilience Initiative, a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and supported by Packard Foundation, helps organizations build operational resilience and bolster the personal resilience of their staff as they adapt to the volatility and uncertainty of the current political and media environment. Our team helped RI develop and implement a learning agenda to support their adaptive management and gather insights of the program.

Paso Del Norte Health Foundation contracted the Social Sector Accelerator to develop strategy recommendations and an operational plan for Paso Del Norte Health Foundation to consider to expand the capacity building support it offers grantees and other partners. 


The NEAR Network is a movement of civil society organizations from the global south who share a common goal of promoting fair, equitable and dignified partnerships in the current aid system. In 2018, our team supported NEAR to develop an organizational strengthening strategy for their members. We believe that robust and resilient organizations are key to respond to crisis and development challenges.

Adeso is an African charity and development agency working to change the way people think about and deliver aid across Africa. Our team supported Adeso to develop their 2019-2022 strategic plan with a focus on achieving financial independence and sustainability.

The Accelerator team identified 60 organizations, companies, platforms and initiatives who vet or qualify non-profit partners in some way before they work with them. This report served as the basis of a new grants management process and platform jointly developed by CIVICUS and the Social Sector Accelerator to lessen the burden on social sector organizations while improving the verification process for donors.


The Accelerator team provided support to align the great work of Right To Play with their partnerships with civil society organizations in the countries where they work. We developed guidance, tools and processes for their Partnership Playbook in collaboration with their headquarters, regional and field staff.

The Accelerator team helped the IDB Lab make an informed decision about where to place their investment in local institutions to support agricultural cooperatives. We conducted an assessment of both the needs of cooperatives as well as the services offered by Haitian technical service providers.



The Accelerator team implemented a community needs and risk assessment to inform Global Impact's social investment and community engagement strategy in Puerto Rico and Mexico.


 U4 contracted the Social Sector Accelerator to conduct a study of the important factors to consider and a comparison of the options for how to organize the U4 Innovation Lab.


After working on community led and science based coastal climate resiliency projects in Dominican Republic for over a decade, The Accelerator's team developed an innovative approach to building the capacity of leaders, institutions and the constituents they serve in the Dominican Republic to be able to transform the way coastal communities manage their natural resources for sustainability and improve livelihoods.