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Mark Kramer

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Mark Kramer is co-founder of FSG and the author of influential publications on shared value, catalytic philanthropy, collective impact, strategic evaluation, and impact investing. He has led consulting engagements across all of FSG’s impact areas, with particular emphasis on philanthropic strategy for private foundations, shared value initiatives, strategic evaluation, and impact investing.

Mark also leads the research on many of FSG’s publications and publishes regularly in Harvard Business Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review. He is a frequent speaker around the world on topics in catalytic philanthropy, collective impact, creating shared value for corporations, new approaches to evaluation, impact investing, and social entrepreneurship.

Before FSG

Prior to co-founding FSG, Mark served for twelve years as President of Kramer Capital Management, a venture capital firm, and before that as an Associate at the law firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston, and Law Clerk to Judge Alvin B. Rubin, Fifth Circuit, US Court of Appeals.


  • JD, magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • MBA, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, summa cum laude, Brandeis University


  • Senior Fellow, CSR Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2004-
  • Reviewer, White House Social Innovation Fund, 2010
  • Aspen Philanthropy Group, Aspen Institute, 2009-
  • Selection Jury, Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, 2005-2009
  • Lecturer on CSR, Executive Education Program, Harvard Business School, 2008
  • Lecturer on Evaluation, Nonprofit management Program, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2008
  • Founder and Founding Board Chair, Center for Effective Philanthropy, 2000-2004
  • Columnist, Chronicle of Philanthropy, 1998-
  • Member, United Nations Global Compact and Rockefeller Foundation “Framework for Action” Steering Committee, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development – Rio+20

On working at FSG

“I started FSG because I believe that foundations, corporations, and nonprofits can change the world—and I’ve seen them do it. Yet my own experience with my family’s foundation was much less rewarding. We wrote an endless succession of checks to hard-working grantees without changing much of anything. And so I’ve spent much of my life trying to understand why some donors make a difference and others don’t. In 2000, my search led me to help create the Center for Effective Philanthropy and FSG, both in partnership with my good friend Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School. Over time, the two organizations separated, and FSG’s mandate broadened to include working with other types of organizations, such as major corporations, nonprofits, government agencies, and school systems. I am immensely proud of our team and our work here at FSG. My favorite moments are hearing laughter in the hallways and knowing that not a day goes by without someone at FSG developing new research and thinking to help increase the impact of our clients and find better ways to solve social problems.”