Our Practice

We offer advice on strategy, due diligence, partnership opportunities, and best practices in philanthropy. Christine Sherry brings a thirty-year career of leadership in the foundation sector, business, law and global affairs to her consulting. She engages a team of researchers whose talents are specifically matched to client needs. In addition to her specialized coaching, Christine teaches philanthropy through the Stanford Continuing Studies program.

News

• This fall, Christine returned to Stanford Continuing Studies to teach a new course entitled Philanthropy 2017: New Politics, New Realities. Since the November 2016 election, America has witnessed a dramatic shift in its political climate and policy priorities. The course explored the ways in which nonprofits, philanthropists, and the general public have mobilized resources and developed an organized response on a variety of issues ranging from immigration and environmental protection, to health care and civil rights. Guest speakers included Rebekah Saul Butler (Andy Grove Foundation), Mary Enright and Eiten Fenson (Indivisible), John Silver (New Mexico Fund), Amanda Stanley (Compass), and Kenji Treanor (Sobrato Foundation).

• On March 29th, Christine was in conversation with Dave Peery of the Peery Foundation at a special event for the J.P. Morgan Philanthropy Centre in Seattle, Washington. The event also highlighted our two-part publication that brings to life the theory and practice of philanthropy, authored by Sherry Consulting with the Philanthropy Centre of J.P. Morgan. The report can be found here.

• On March 12th, Christine moderated a panel for the Social Impact Collective’s Discovery Weekend in Half Moon Bay. The event brought together a cohort of individuals to share insights into philanthropic practices such as impact evaluation, assessing nonprofit organizations, and navigating family foundations. Christine’s session explored some of the challenges that multi-generational families face in making decisions on philanthropy and social impact. The panel featured Matthew and Jason Goldman of the Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund, as well as Megan McTiernan of the Thomson Family Foundation.

• On February 20th, Christine moderated the opening plenary panel of the 2017 National Summit on Family Philanthropy, a two-day conference for donors and philanthropic professionals to discuss challenges and opportunities within the field. Since 2011, the National Summit has provided family donors with concrete recommendations and resources for improving their giving practices. Christine’s opening panel explored how the disruptive thinking prominent in the technology community is shifting new philanthropic trends in focus, impact, and legacy. The panel featured Bob Maxfield, co-founder of ROLM Corporation; Cindy Mercer, co-founder of Planet Heritage Foundation; and Deborah Rappaport, president of the Rappaport Family Foundation. Further information can be found here.

Publications & Insights

Report: Making an Impact: A Guide to Strategic Philanthropy, a collaboration with the J.P. Morgan Philanthropy Centre.

News: Philanthropy 2017: Rapid Response Giving in the Trump Era

Donors on both an individual and institutional level have become increasingly responsive with their giving over the past ten months, often reacting swiftly to policy changes and public statements made by members of the Trump administration. Continue reading here.