About Us

Our Approach

Building Impact does not have a fixed perspective on how to make progress on a particular issue. We work in partnership with our clients to develop an approach based on the best available information. We offer our clients an honest assessment of what we think is most likely to lead to meaningful impact – rather than just telling them what they want to hear. We do so because we believe deeply that transformative change requires forward-thinking leadership on every level.

Forward-thinking philanthropists and change agents strive to focus on systemic change over the long-term. They invest patient capital, cultivate an adaptive mindset, build alliances, engage thoughtfully on issues of race and equity, and creatively use all the tools at their disposal to drive meaningful change.

At Building Impact, we believe that catalyzing change requires a deep understanding of self, of the complexities surrounding pressing social issues, and of the communities most impacted. We call this orientation “forward-thinking.” Our Approach: In our work advising, coaching, and convening philanthropists and change agents, we seek to accelerate and deepen forward-thinking orientation.

Forward-thinking change agents:

  • Focus on systemic change, with the understanding that true leverage comes from understanding the root causes of pressing social issues
  • Invest patient capital over a long time horizon, recognizing that resolution will not come in the next year or the next election cycle
  • Cultivate an adaptive mindset and a learning orientation–this means continually seeking to refine our understanding of how the world works and going where the evidence leads us
  • Commit to an ongoing journey of personal development and lifelong growth
  • Are aware of and willing to engage around issues of identity, race, equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Build alliances by engaging and influencing others, including fellow change agents, grasstops and non-profit leaders, and members of the communities closest to the problem
  • Support the use of a range of mechanisms (e.g. philanthropy, impact investing) and tools (e.g. design thinking, coalition-building, politics and advocacy) to drive change
  • Believe meaningful impact with people and communities is the ultimate measure of success
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