top of page

Details and Additional Information on Philanthropy Services

Capital Philanthropy logo

Application Check Up

Application checkup logo

An efficient review of the forms and materials - written and online - through which current and potential grantee partners apply for support. Can also include a high-level review of your grantmaking process and conversations with your board.

This is especially helpful if you have not made any revisions to your application materials in the last 5 years or more.


"Change Up Your Questions"

Mini Change Up icon

Based on a well-received presentation made at an Exponent Philanthropy National Conference, this is a comprehensive review of how your grantmaking practices are aligned with your values and vision. Time is spent working with board members, family leaders, and staff, in exploring who you are as a funder and how the world in your nonprofit partners is changing. It can be undertaken over multiple work sessions over a period of time, or it can be compressed into a single half-day working session. This process is especially beneficial for the following:

  • Those focusing on a region that has seen significant changes in recent years

  • Those whose application process and format has not changed in more than five years

  • Those with a significant change in their board, such as representatives from the next generation, or who have hired their first staff

  • Those whose decision-making process may have evolved, but their application and reporting forms haven't caught up

  • Those whose grantees have been asking for changes or who are struggling with their relationship

Visit the Resources page to download the free "Change Up Your Questions" resource for grantmakers and foundations!


Service & Support for individuals, couples, and families

Services & Support for family foundations and lean-staffed grantmaking foundations

Family Donor Services icon

I can provide a broad range of advisory, coaching, and support services to family foundations and other lean-staffed grantmaking foundations. This support can include many of the services listed on this page as well as targeted work with the Foundation's board and staff.

Click here to download a complete list of the services provided to family foundations. 

Philanthropic advisory support and coaching is also available for individuals, couples, and families who are eager to explore how they can use philanthropy to make an impact on the community.

Click here to download a description of advisory services provided to individuals and families

Grantee Engagement Survey

Services icon

A comprehensive process that includes a survey submitted to all grantees as well as one-on-one interviews with the CEO/ED of selected grantees. Topics explored can include interactions between you and your grantees as well as their assessment of key emerging issues in the community. At the conclusion, I will provide a summary of the survey data and a series of recommendations to your board.


Click here to download a sample report from an assessment done for a family foundation.


Grantmaking Process Review

Services icon

A thorough review of the overall process you undertake to identify, assess, and ultimately decide on grants to distribute. The review will include an assessment of your materials, but also an examination of your overall calendar and communications, as well as the tools, factors, and tactics used to support your decision making.


Focus Groups, Community Convenings, and Meeting Facilitation

Services icon

Gatherings and convenings of various sizes can be an effective way to learn more about the issues in your community, identify potentially unmet needs, as well as understand the work of your nonprofit partners. I can provide both planning and facilitation support.


Support for Financial and Wealth Advisors

Services icon

Provide your foundation or family clients with tailored philanthropic advice that complements their investment and wealth management advice. I can help guide advisors on how best to coach clients through evaluating potential targets for philanthropic support or volunteer engagement, as well as provide basic training for advisors to enhance their understanding of nonprofit management issues. Click here to see a summary of advisory services provided to individuals, couples and families.


Capacity Building Support

Services icon

Coaching and technical assistance provided on your behalf to your grantee partners. Topics can include board leadership, resource development, strategic planning, and more.

Guidance for Businesses

Services icon

Employees and customers want to know that businesses are committed to making their community a great place to live and work. They often make purchasing decisions or decide to stay on the team based on that commitment. I can work with business owners to show them how they can communicate to employees and customers/clients that they support the community where they live.

We can identify and explore a company’s values that guide their work and assess how they demonstrate those values through community engagement and guide how a company decides what causes or organizations it wants to support and who’s involved in that process.  I can also work with any business to help it develop a way to respond to requests from nonprofit organizations asking for contributions, sponsorships, or pro bono services in a consistent and equitable manner.


General Nonprofit Management

Capital Philanthropy icon

Consulting services are available to all nonprofits, covering a variety of project types, including:

  • Strategic Planning

  • Organizational Assessments

  • Board Development and Training

  • Resource Development

  • Board Retreats

bottom of page