Last week I learned that FSG had been awarded a generous grant by MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett. As she explained in her recent Medium post, some of the organizations they chose to support in this round of gifts include social sector infrastructure organizations such as ours.
It is heartening to be told that our approaches to our work and our mission of advancing equitable systems change have been recognized and supported in such a significant way. This gift is a testament to the tireless commitment of hundreds of FSGers, past and present, spanning more than two decades of social impact work around the globe.
It is also humbling to be selected alongside so many inspirational and amazing organizations. Our work and our impact would not have been possible without the range of clients, partners, and communities who have allowed us to engage with them over the years. We know we still have a lot of work in front of us, as we continue to evolve as a firm and refine the ways in which we show up to do this work.
Above all else, we feel a deep responsibility to use the gift wisely. It is our intention to use the funds to amplify and accelerate our work with foundations and corporations supporting community-level change and increasing equity and social-economic mobility.
As to exactly how we shall do that—I don’t yet know. The management of our firm has just shifted from a traditional leadership team to a more representative and diverse structure comprised of staff of all levels from all our teams—consulting, research, programs, and operations. I am eager to work alongside them, our staff, our board, and our partners to think about how FSG will live up to the trust that has been placed in us.