Our Approach to Consulting
An engagement with FSG is characterized by a thoughtfully structured, yet flexible and adaptive, project management plan. We use facilitation techniques for stakeholder engagement that allow new ideas to be generated and create space for honest discussion of challenges and conflicts, while also enabling a synthesis to emerge that will inform action. Every project draws on our 20-year history of creating cross-sector social impact around the world.
Our global experience with a variety of issues allows us to bring a comprehensive and sophisticated understanding of how social change happens at the nexus of interconnected issues, such as health, education, and economic mobility.
A focus on systems
Creating equitable change requires a deep understanding of systems thinking and systems change. FSG’s comfort working in complex environments enables us to adopt a systems perspective in gathering and synthesizing data, generating insights, and making recommendations.
A commitment to advancing equity
At FSG, we seek to better understand the root causes of disparity, which are often rooted in structural racism and other systemic inequities, and the way those factors influence our clients, partners, and the communities they serve.
A global reputation for thought leadership and innovations in philanthropy
This includes development and implementation of collective impact and shared value, and cutting-edge research on market innovations, systems change, and impact investing. FSG has six global offices in the United States, Europe, and India.
Who We Help
Corporations and Business Leaders
Leaders in search of imaginative and effective strategies for authentic purpose, shared value, CSR, corporate philanthropy, and sustainability efforts. Learn more.
Funders seeking to co-create solutions at the intersection of local context, community engagement, and systems change. Learn more.
Nonprofits seeking to leverage their resources and partnerships to improve lives and opportunities around the world. Learn more.
Investing in Social Determinants of Health
FSG supported St. David’s Foundation in creating a strategic plan with greater focus on the social and structural determinants…
Developing a Global Social Impact Strategy
Toyota partnered with FSG to develop a business-aligned social impact portfolio focused on various aspects of mobility—personal mobility, green…
Creating a Business-Aligned Global Giving Strategy
The General Mills Foundation partnered with FSG to develop new signature initiatives that address social and environmental issues related…
Supporting Learning and Evaluation
FSG worked collaboratively with The Kresge Foundation Program and Social Investment Practice departments to develop strategic learning and evaluation…
Meet the Team
- Abigail RidgwayManaging Director
- Chirlie FelixManaging Director
- Fay HanleybrownManaging Director
- Joelle CookManaging Director
- John HarperManaging Director
- Marc PfitzerManaging Director
- Nikhil BumbManaging Director
- Rishi AgarwalManaging Director, Head – Asia
- Sebastien MazzuriManaging Director
- Shumeca PickettManaging Director
- Vikram JainManaging Director, Initiatives
Areas of Expertise
Creating Shared Value
In 2011, trust in business was plummeting—businesses were perceived to be prospering at the expense of the broader community,…
Watch the 2 minute motion graphic on collective impact.Stanford Social Innovation Review | Winter 2011No single organization has the ability…
Guide to Evaluating Collective Impact
A practical handbook that presents a framework for approaching evaluation and includes sample questions, outcomes, and indicators.
The Water of Systems Change
Foundations involved in systems change can increase their odds for success by focusing on the least explicit but most…
Time to Refresh your CSR Strategy: Three Tools for CSR Professionals
Three simple but effective steps—and accompanying tools—to refresh your corporate philanthropy and CSR practices.
Advancing Health Equity: How Companies Can Build on the FDA’s Requirement for Clinical Trial Diversity
FSG has been working on health equity strategies for several years, and we know that diversity in clinical trials…
Future of Social Impact: What to Watch for in 2023
Five social impact trends and opportunities that we hope will define the year ahead.