What We Do

For foundations and investors who are already committed to addressing global challenges and improving the lives of people in their communities, the Accelerator offers the opportunity to maximize return on your investment by strengthening and increasing the impact of groups you currently fund. With our help your social investment will go farther, faster, through an increase in what we call, the Capacity Dividend.™

For community leaders and social entrepreneurs our organizational strengthening support builds a virtuous cycle of impact, organizational improvement, and increased support from donors. An improvement we call, the Capacity Surge™.

Services We Offer

  • Organizational Strengthening - Strategy Development, Program Design, Implementation, Learning and Evaluation

  • Partner Selection - Place-based and Issue Landscape Studies, Strategy Development, Qualification and Vetting Services

  • Grantmaking - Strategy Development, Program Design, Administration and Fiscal Agent Services

  • Facilitation, Training, Workshops and Coaching

  • Impact Investment - Advisory Services, Design and Management

  • Data & Evidence Driven Development Solutions - Design, Implementation, Learning and Evaluation

  • Research, Partnership Development and Assessments

In everything we do, our goal is to help our partners achieve their purpose and measurable increases in their social impact. In this work, we draw heavily on design thinking to encourage continual experimentation, analysis, and innovation. We organize the components of our process into three main steps: 

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LOOKING

Through ethnographic, participatory, and evaluative research, we help changemakers better understand the challenges they are trying to address and the tools at their disposal for addressing them. 

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Understanding

Social change requires thoughtful problem framing and rigorous analysis. Through this, we help our clients develop a more nuanced understanding of the problem they hope to address. 

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Making

Innovation doesn't come from light bulb moments, but from continual experimentation. We help our clients introduce new, testable approaches for solving social challenges, allowing for further iteration to maximize impact.